Humans have always emulated birds, as evidenced by our affinity for hang-gliding and stuffing our children with gummi worms. Take flight with this Groupon.
$169 for an Introductory Tandem-Hang-Gliding Lesson ($289 Value)
After a brief flight-school session, passengers pair up with a USHPA-certified instructor for their tandem flight. A small aircraft tows the hang glider on its ascent, before releasing it for a 2,500-foot free flight. Passengers can help steer the glider, or concentrate on using their own camera to record the 20- to 25-minute flight.
Hang Glide Chicago
From May until winter, the USHPA-certified instructors of Hang Glide Chicago spend their weekends accompanying passengers on tandem hang-gliding flights. Flight school sessions acclimate beginners to the sport before they board gliders, which are then towed into the air by a small plane. As flyers are released for their 2,500-foot free flight, they can steer their glider or let instructors guide the way as they take in the surrounding vistas. Students are welcome to bring their own cameras (wrist straps are recommended) or arrange to have their flight recorded by Hang Glide’s HD-panoramic video equipment or their instructor’s photographic memory. Flights take place from sunrise to sunset, and patrons can extend their experience by taking advantage of facilities that include camping grounds, bathrooms with showers, and a lake for kayaking or catch-and-release fishing.