Monday, July 28, 2014


ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama and Fly With iFLY
My 13 year old son, Dugan, are I are going flying today!  Check back like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often, for our photo filled recaps and reviews of our adventures! 

All ages can now enjoy the excitement of an aerial free-fall at iFLY, Chicago’s indoor skydiving experience. iFLY’s second Chicago area location at 1752 Freedom Drive in Naperville is now open for walk-in flights from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Beginning Friday, July 4, visitors can experience iFLY during its regular business hours, Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Anyone who has ever wanted to feel the singular rush of skydiving, from age three to 103, can make their dream a reality at iFLY.  The experience perfectly replicates the adrenaline-charged sensation of a skydiving free-fall while eliminating the daunting leap out of an airplane. Following a brief training session, all fliers are outfitted in a flight suit, helmet and goggles before entering the wind tunnel. To begin their flight, patrons simply lean forward onto a cushion of air (toward their friendly, certified iFLY instructor) and the rushing air allows them to float. First-time flyers are given the opportunity to learn basic belly flying. Like any skilled sport, with additional training, flyers can progress to advanced aerial gymnastic maneuvers.  

“We wish iFLY a lot of success,” says Naperville Mayor George Pradel. “I am excited for people to fly and experience the thrills of iFLY and all of the other attractions that Naperville has to offer.”

The iFLY experience is made possible utilizing a technology called the “vertical wind tunnel,” which was historically used by the military and professional skydivers for training. Four powerful, high-efficiency axial fans are mounted at the top of the building, channeling air down the side tunnels into the basement, and then up through the floor of the 14-foot-wide circular flight chamber, creating a strong upward draft.  This upward draft, which ranges in speed from approximately 80 to 175 miles per hour (depending on the weight and expertise level of the flyer), creates a stable, safe, wall-to-wall airflow that gently pushes guests aloft and makes it possible for them to fly.
From first-time flyers to professional skydivers, different flight packages are available based on level of experience, number of people and preferred flight time. The basic, beginners-level package for an individual includes two flights, complete with a personalized flight certificate for $69.95. Each flight is 60 seconds in length—actually longer than the approximate 45-second free-fall descent experienced when jumping out of an airplane. Double-length flights are also available at a reduced rate. Flyers who return to iFLY within three months of their last session are classified as “Return Flyers” and offered discounted packages. Experienced flyers also have the opportunity to fly in groups with others of the same skill level in the tunnel. 

The new iFLY Indoor Skydiving facilities are located in Rosemont at MB Financial Park at 5520 Park Place Rosemont and in the Freedom Commons at 1752 Freedom Drive in Naperville More information can be found at Guests can book flight reservations online at Walk-in flights are also accepted.

About iFLY
Austin-based iFLY Holdings is the world leader in the manufacturing, sales and operations of wind tunnel systems for recreational indoor skydiving, competitive skydiver training and military training. Under the brand names iFLY, SkyVenture, Airkix, Paraclete and Freezone, the company has 30 facilities operating around the globe, with expansion plans rolling out over the next few years.

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