Flugtag: Where to Spread Your Wings

Can't wait for Flugtag? From Six Flags' X-Flight coaster to pilot lessons at Windy City Flyers, here are 10 ways to get airborne in Chicago.

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Six Flags X-Flight Coaster: For their latest thrill ride, the designers behind BATMAN The Ride and SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight have upped the adrenaline ante by removing the track. Well, not entirely, but thanks to the 3,000 foot long coaster's wing design (you sit to the left or right of the track), riders experience the sensation of free flight.
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Flight School: With the largest aircraft fleet in the Chicagoland area and lessons available seven days a week, Windy City Flyers is the perfect place to earn everything from your private pilot license to your flight instructor license.
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Skydiving: Chicagoland Skydiving Center has one of the best safety records in the country, not to mention a bevy of classes: Satiate your adrenaline needs with a tandem dive, or work your way all the way up through Freefall University and earn your A license, which allows you to jump anywhere in the world.
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Flight Simulators: The Museums of Science + Industry offers daily flight simulations in their Transportation Gallery. Choose from dog fighting in the cockpit of a Vietnam era F-4 Phantom or go more modern from behind the control panel of the Navy's nimble F-18 fighter jet.
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Paragliding: Just because Chicago doesn't have any mountains to leap off doesn't mean you can't go paragliding. Head on out to Chebanse, where Chicago Paragliding launches their tandem flights from a cornfield, before thermals allow them to soar up to 2,000 feet above the ground.
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Zip Line Tours: Explore the wilderness around the Illinois River by soaring through the tree tops at 45 mph. Ziplines can reach up to 1,000 feet in length and 90 feet in height, while guests will also cross suspension bridges and perch on dizzying platforms.
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Trapeze School: Channel your inner Cirque du Soleil performer and head on over to Trapeze School New York's two Chicago locations, where they offer flying trapeze classes for every ability level.
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Signature Room at the 95th
Cocktails at the John Hancock Building: If ordering a tipple rather than tipping yourself out of an airplane is more your speed, grab a drink on the 96th floor of the John Hancock building at the Signature Lunge. Enjoy craft cocktails and premium scotches as you take in the shimmering views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.
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Trampolines: Get your bounce on at Ski High Sports, where jumping pits allow you to hop from trampoline to trampoline and even halfway up the walls. Defy gravity, play dodge ball or even throw your next birthday party here.
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Hot Air Balloon Rides: Of course not all flights have to be hair raising. Book a relaxing hot air balloon ride with Chicago Hot Air Balloons, which has multiple launch sites near the city.
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