Take Flight Over Chicago with Navy Pier’s Newest Attraction Flyover

Experience the city like never before with Flyover.

Whether it’s a walk on the Lakefront Trail, a ride on a water taxi or a spin on the Centennial Wheel, Chicagoans can experience the sights of downtown from so many different vantage points. 

A new sightseeing attraction is now open Navy Pier. Flyover, an immersive flight ride, will allow riders to experience what it’s like to fly over the Windy City, no plane or helicopter required. 

This article was recently updated on March 5, 2024 by Chicago Parent’s Audience Development Manager, Katina Beniaris. The update included her experience when visiting the Flyover on March 2 to include her thoughts and tips for local families. Questions? Please reach out to katina@chicagoparent.com.

Quick details about Flyover

Flyover Chicago
Photo credit: Katina Benairis

  • Now open!
  • Address: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave., Chicago
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $24.95/adults, $14.95/kids under 13

Using flight motion seats that swoop, dip and turn, a 65-foot-wide wraparound screen and special effects like mist, wind and scents, Flyover will allow riders to experience the city from a new, rarely seen perspective.   

The 48,000-square-foot attraction will “fly” passengers over sites such as Navy Pier, North Avenue Beach, the Chicago Theatre and Buckingham Fountain, and will feature some of the city’s iconic events like the Chicago Air and Water Show and neighborhood block parties.

Guests can expect three different acts in this 30-minute experience. Act 1 is a gallery-style room with shots of Chicago, Act 2 is another room presenting a powerful video of real Chicagoans sharing why they love the city and Act 3 features the 9-minute ride.

Is Flyover worth it?

@chicagoparent Get ready, Chicagoans! 🌆✨ A thrilling new attraction has landed in @navypierchicago! Introducing @Flyover the immersive flight ride that takes you on a breathtaking journey above the Windy City, without leaving the ground! ➡️ Dive into a unique experience with flight motion seats, a massive 65-foot screen, and sensory effects like mist and wind, bringing Chicago’s iconic landmarks to life right before your eyes. ➡️ Open now at Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave., Chicago. Tickets are $24/adults 14+, $14/kids ages 13 and under. Note: All guests must be at least 40″/102 cm tall in order to ride. ➡️ SPECIAL DEAL! Chicago Public School students can obtain individual $5 tickets by showing their school IDs from now through April 30, 2024. #experienceflyover #thingstodoinchicago #thingstodoinchicagowithkids #ChooseChicago #ChicagoParent #ChicagoMom #ChicagoDad #EnjoyIllinois ♬ GORGEOUS – Olivia Knox

Chicago Parent’s Audience Development Manager, Katina Beniaris, was invited to the Flyover Grand Opening on March 2. Here’s what she thought:

As I waited in line for my turn to experience Flyover, I noticed how much Navy Pier has changed while looking at the bustling families at the Chicago Children’s Museum to the quietness of the closed Crystal Gardens. I wondered if this new Navy Pier would offer something for locals or just be a tourist draw.

At Flyover, our first stop was the gallery-style waiting room. When walking in, I immediately heard a family’s excitement when a clip of Little Village appeared on the biggest screen. From there, you saw shots of Chicagoans throughout the city as we waited for the room to fill up with about 50 guests or so.

In the next room, we watched an extended video of the story of Chicago. This wasn’t a history class, but more like an overview of the “real Chicago.” It was nice to see a powerful video that wasn’t about our deep dish or the “Willis Tower,” but actual Chicagoans in diverse communities sharing why the love the city.

Now we were finally ready to take flight! After watching a short safety video, it was easy enough to get situated in our seats as the staff checked everyone was securely fastened. Then, the 9-minute ride began as our seats were listed up to get closer to the gigantic screen in front of us.

You instantly heard the room light up with people screaming in joy or kids giggling as were taken through the city. It’s a gentle ride, but that didn’t stop us to think we were flying in Downtown Chicago as we curved around iconic skyscrapers, flew over Lincoln Park and dropped down to spot the Chicago river dyeing for St. Patrick’s Day.

The whole experience was exhilarating for all ages and more than what I expected as you fly through beautiful shots of the city, which were similar things I heard echoed by many guests as we exited. The attraction is the perfect addition to Navy Pier — perfect for both Chicagoans and tourists.

Tips for families when visiting Flyover

Flyover Chicago
Photo credit: Flyover

  • Flyover is located across from the Chicago Children’s Museum. All guests must be at least 40-inches tall in order to ride.
  • Carrying extra things? No problem, Flyover offers free lockers for you to store your items safely with a six-digit access code that you create on the screen. There’s also a pouch under each guest’s seat during the flight to store any smaller items such as cell phones or purses.
  • Expect to walk up and down stairs, and stand, throughout the 30-minute experience. Elevators are available and you can alert the staff if you need a folding chair at certain points of the journey.
  • While the Flyover is a gentle ride, it might not be best for those who experience motion sickness or fear of heights. There are also special effects such as wind and scents throughout the ride.
  • Flyover asks expectant mothers to not participate in the ride.
  • SPECIAL DEAL! Chicago Public School students can obtain individual $5 tickets by showing their school IDs from now through April 30, 2024.

Other things to do with kids at Navy Pier

Fireworks Navy Pier
Photo credit: Navy Pier

  • Stop by Pier Park and take a spin on the iconic Centennial Wheel, a nearly 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel that is air-conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. Other rides include Tea Cups, Wave Swinger and a carousel. 
  • Play at the Chicago Children’s Museum. With three floors of exhibits and hands-on attractions, including their new Circusville exhibit, an art and DIY studio, a toy car raceway and so much more. Don’t forget to take a photo of the 16-foot statue of Hebru Brantely’s Flyboy outside on the pier!
  • Dine at classic Chicago eateries like Billy Goat Tavern, Giordano’s, Garrett Popcorn Shops, Rainbow Cone, Harry Caray’s Tavern and more
  • Looking for more Navy Pier attractions? Check out our complete family guide to Navy Pier to find where to eat, play, shop and explore with the kiddos.

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Chicago Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for Chicagoland families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.

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