A short drive from downtown Chicago, skydiving centers offer adrenaline junkies the rush of a lifetime: a chance to fly—or at any rate, as close as you’re going to get this side of dreams. First-timers don’t have to make the leap by themselves; they can strap themselves to experienced instructors using specially designed equipment in order to take tandem jumps, screaming through the air while free-falling for a full minute. Spots like the Chicagoland Skydiving Center work with skydivers of all experience levels, providing an unforgettable experience that leaves many skydiving rookies eager to return.

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