We are the Chicago area's most experienced and only full-time hot air balloon agency.
Join us for a once in a lifetime experience in one of our spectacular balloons. One hour flights are scheduled at sunrise or approximately 90 minutes before sunset over the scenic McHenry or Lake County area.
If you are looking to see the Chicago skyline and closest drive from Chicago for a flight, then our Barrington and surrounding launch sites provide the closest location and best view.
Based on the wind direction, the pilot will select a launch site to allow for a scenic flight that will take you from tree top height to approximately 1,500 feet above the ground, the height of the SearsTower.
You will be amazed as the flight is a magic carpet ride, a feeling unlike anything else. Pick leaves off the tops of the trees, capture photos of the incredible scenery and your reflection in the water, and talk to the local residents that marvel at these aerial wonders.
Your host and pilot Bennett Schwontkowski has been in ballooning for 40 years, having flown safely over 3,075 balloon flights and 12,450+ passengers on passenger and corporate promotional flights. Your safety is our first priority and therefore we fly in winds less than 10 miles per hour, no rain, and fair skies. In the event of inclement weather, we will contact you for rescheduling the flight.
Each adult passenger receives after the flight the traditional champagne toast, first flight certificate, hot air balloon lapel pin, photos of the balloon, and GPS flight map.
The balloons are capable of flying 3 - 4 guests, depending on the overall weight. Consider a flight for that special birthday, anniversary, wedding proposal, bucket list, Father’s Day, or just to experience one of life’s ultimate experiences.
2017 Flight Certificate Rates - effective January 1, 2017
Rate of $295 per passenger. A private flight for 2 is available for $795 Flights may be booked and performed year round.
For further details and to schedule your flight, call Bennett Schwontkowski at 847-516-2910