Man has been looking for ways to defy gravity since 1903, when it stole the Wright brothers from us. Search the clouds with today's Groupon: for $110, you get a tandem free-fly paragliding experience from Air-X in Chebanse (a $225 value).
Air-X's professional gravity grapplers employ United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association certification to train air-bound aces and accompany them on paragliding adventures. After arriving at Air-X's abode at Hang Glide Chicago, gleeful gliders spend 30 minutes in on-the-ground training, familiarizing themselves with the paraglider's controls and favorite places to be tickled. Then, with the help of a specialized truck, wind riders and their intrepid instructors leap into the air, allowing the canopy to carry them up. The 30-minute instructor-accompanied paraglide ride moves more slowly than hang-gliding and is less physically demanding, giving fresh fliers a chance to enjoy the view from their perches or spy on flash-mob rehearsals.
Chicago Paragliding’s instructor-adventurers catch wind from Illinois to Indiana and soar above tawny fields of grain on the Midwest’s great updrafts. They introduce students to multiple windblown sports, from paragliding to kite surfing. After familiarizing beginners with the skills needed to control each craft, they perform assisted and tandem flights to acclimate their charges to faster speeds, greater altitudes, and clouds shaped like scarier and scarier dogs. The team, with certifications from groups including the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, is also prepared to help more advanced adventurers perfect their skills.