8 One-Hour Chicago Attractions
AeroBalloon at Navy Pier
Destination: Soar 35 stories above Lake Michigan in the new AeroBalloon at Navy Pier. The anchored helium-filled balloon carries 18 passengers ages 5 and older. The 60-foot-wide white balloon resembles Victorian Era inflatables. Admission charged (312/224-8827; navypier.com).
What you'll see: This weather-dependent attraction based in South Gateway Park soars 350 feet for 8- to 10-minute rides through late September.
Tip: For $35, buy "speed line" tickets that cut waiting times; regular adult admission is $25. Call ahead if weather looks iffy (646/827-6287).