Balloon rides coming to Navy Pier?

August 13, 2009 5:00:18 AM PDT
Visitors to Navy Pier may soon be able to get a bird's eye view of the pier and the city. A New York-based company wants to offer balloon rides at Navy Pier.

The balloon would remain tethered to the ground for each ride. Passengers would be required to wear a harness attached to the gondola to prevent them from falling out.

The cost for a 15-minute ride would be $25.

The Chicago Plan Commission will consider the matter at its August 20 meeting.

The operator hopes to have the rides up and running in a few weeks.