While you can always view the city of Chicago from one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Willis Tower, there’s a new way to see the vast landscape—from a helicopter hovering 100 stories high. Chicago Helicopter Experience is the latest option for meeting and event professionals to take their event to a whole new level. Guests can enjoy dinner, cocktails and entertainment before taking flight on a unique day or night tour that also provides a little history. 

“We provide a convenient way for visitors to take in all the wonder the city has to offer, within a small window of time,” says Trevor Heffernan, founder and CEO of Chicago Helicopter Experience. “It provides meeting and event professionals with an unrivaled, high-touch experience to forever impress attendees.”

To promote the service, a regular afterhours bi-monthly event called HeliNights takes place at the Chicago Helicopter Experience Heliport with food from DineAmic Group, décor from Kehoe Designs and entertainment from The Music Trust. The inaugural event, held July 14, unveiled the newest addition to the fleet: the Airbus EC130 helicopter.

Rocky’s Ginger Beer and Russian Standard Vodka were also sponsors of the July event. Look for it to resume in the spring.

Dawn Young first joined Choose Chicago in June 2005 as director of association sales, and in May this year, was promoted to vice president of hotel sales. It’s a perfect example of rising up the ranks for someone who’s so passionate about moving tourism forward. Though her experience in the industry runs deep, she’s got her work cut out for her to keep the numbers growing: Chicago set a tourism record in 2017 with more than 55 million visitors. A major reason for that? “Chicago just rocks accessibility,” says Young.


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