Private Charter Flights to/from Chicago, IL
Charter a private flight to the Windy City of Chicago, one of the top destinations for leisure and business travel within the United States.
Chicago rests along the shores of Lake Michigan, and it’s Metropolitan Area is home to a population of nearly 10 million people and an impressive roster of businesses and industries.
Whether you’re flying private to Illinois for business in and around Cook County, or to enjoy a leisurely stay at one of the many luxury hotels located around America’s “Second City”, we’re here to make sure it’s your best flight yet.
Chicago Air Charter Advisors
Our company offers on-demand air charter services connecting clients to a variety of private planes at Midway, O’Hare, DuPage and other Chicago-area airports. As the busiest private jet hub in the Midwest, incredible deals are possible whenever Chicago empty leg flights are available. We specialize in executive and corporate air charters, and our charter brokers are Wyvern-certified, meeting safety and due diligence process used by the top business jet fleets in the world.
Every aircraft we arrange for private charter flights to/from Chicago and surrounding areas of the mid-west are operated by FAR Part 135 or 121 (or foreign equivalent) air carriers, and our brokers review the latest reports of every aircraft, pilot and operator to ensure compliance with our safety requirements. With access to thousands of private jets and airliners around the world, ACA can arrange the right aircraft for your flight, whether you’re traveling internationally or domestically.
For your next private flight, gain the peace of mind working with a jet charter broker you can trust, and our Chicago Air Charter Advisors will become your comprehensive source for private flights, aircraft sales/acquisition, aircraft management, and more. We also offer jet cards in 25, 50 and 100-hour memberships.
For hourly rates and aircraft availability on private jet rentals near you, call us directly at 1-888-987-5387. Our Chicago jet charter brokers are available to you 24 hours a day for ASAP and last-minute flights, medical air ambulance, supplemental lift and more.
Private Jet Airports in Chicago, IL
Chicago and it’s surrounding metropolitan area is home to more than 18 airports for executive and leisure flights, ranging between some of the busiest commercial airports in the world, to small airfields dedicated to business and general aviation.
(KMDW, MDW) Midway International Airport – Chicago, Illinois
- Alias: Chicago Midway
- Runway: 6,522 feet | 6,445 feet | 5,507 feet | 5,141 feet | 3,859 feet
- FBO: Atlantic Aviation | Signature Flight Support MDW
- Customs & Immigration: Yes
- Website: http://www.flychicago.com/midway/
Fly private to the Windy City and arrive at Chicago Midway International Airport (IATA: MDW, ICAO: KMDW, FAA LID: MDW) the state’s second busiest airport, located just eight miles (13 km) from the Loop on the southwest side of the city.
Midway was the city’s primary airport until (ORD) O’Hare International claimed the throne, and together with increased regulations, Midway’s traffic and importance decreased over the following decades.
Economic growth throughout the early 21st century led to rapid expansion projects, and today, (MDW) Midway is the second busiest airport in Illinois, handling more than 22 million passengers annually, and serving as a major hub for Southwest Airlines.
When flying private to/from Midway, clients can enjoy private travel services offered by two private terminals (Atlantic Aviation | Signature Flight Support MDW), and customs & immigration services (+1 773 948 6330) are available for international travelers and clients returning to the United States.
Runways Available at Chicago Midway
(MDW) Midway Airport covers one-square mile of real-estate, and offers 5 runways for private planes, turboprops and pistons.
- 13C/31C: 6,522 feet | Air Carrier Runway, ILS-equipped
- 4R/22L: 6,445 feet | Air Carrier Runway, ILS-equipped
- 4L/22R: 5,507 feet | General Aviation and Air Taxi
- 13L/31R: 5,141 feet | General Aviation and Air Taxi | Emergency Runway for Commercial Aircraft
- 13R/31L: 3,859 feet | Light Aircraft Only | Emergency Runway for Commercial Aircraft
Please note: The airport is surrounded by buildings and other developments, and the runway’s landing thresholds are displaced to provide obstacle clearance, including shorter distances available for landings than for takeoffs. Load limits and various weather minimums are strictly followed by the FAA and operators to ensure safety. The largest aircraft at Midway typically arrive/depart using runways 4R/22L and 13C/31C, while smaller aircraft use other runways.
(KORD, ORD) O’Hare International Airport – Chicago, Illinois
- Alias: Chicago International Airport | Chicago O’Hare
- Runway: 13,000′ | 10,801′ | 9,686′ | 8,075′ | 7,967′ | 7,500′ (x3)
- FBO: Signature Flight Support ORD
- Customs & Immigration: Yes
- Website: http://www.flychicago.com/ohare/
Fly private to the Windy City and arrive at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (IATA: ORD, ICAO: KORD, FAA LID: ORD), located 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Loop. O’Hare is the main gateway into the area, and was formerly known as Orchard Field, the source of it’s three-letter FAA identifier (read more about airport codes).
Until 1998, (ORD) Chicago O’Hare was the busiest airport in the world until restrictions were put in place to reduce flight delays, allowing Atlanta’s (ATL) Hartsfield–Jackson International to overtake the top spot — Travel and Leisure ranked Chicago’s Airport System (O’Hare and Midway) as the 2nd worst for flight delays, behind New York City’s airport line-up (JFK, Newark Liberty, and LaGuardia), and O’Hare accounts for nearly 20% of the nation’s flight cancellations and delays.
On the other hand, O’Hare has received numerous awards over the years, including being voted as the “Best Airport in North America” for 10 years by the U.S. Edition of Business Traveler Magazine (1998–2003) and Global Traveler Magazine (2004–2007)
Signature Flight Support ORD offers private travel services at their FBO, and customs & immigration services are available 24/7 for clients traveling internationally.
Runways Available at (ORD) Chicago O’Hare
(KORD) O’Hare International Airport is home to 8 runways, more than any other major international airport around the world, serving nearly 80 million passengers every year, ranking as the 6th busiest in the world and 3rd busiest in the United States.
- 4L/22R: 7,500′
- 4R/22L: 8,075′
- 9L/27R: 7,500′
- 9R/27L: 7,967′
- 10R/28L: 7,500′
- 10C/28C: 10,801′
- 10L/28R: 13,000′
- 15/33: 9,686′
(KPWK, PWK) Chicago Executive Airport – Wheeling, Illinois
- Alias: Palwaukee Municipal Airport | ChiExec
- Runway: 5,001 feet | 4,415 feet | 3,677 feet
- FBO: Atlantic Aviation | Hawthorne Global Aviation Services | Signature Flight Support PWK
- Customs & Immigration: 2 hour notice required; Friday for weekend arrivals | Mon-Fri 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Website: http://chiexec.com/
Hire a private flight to Chicago Executive Airport (IATA: PWK, ICAO: KPWK, FAA LID: PWK), formerly known as the Palwaukee Municipal. PWK is located in Wheelingm, Illinois, about 18 miles (33 km) northwest of downtown.
(KPWK) Chicago Executive records more than 77,000 aircraft movements annually, making it the 4th busiest in Illinois. It’s equipped with three runways in total, measuring 5,001 feet, 4,415 feet and 3,677 feet, allowing light-midsize business planes and turboprops to arrive/depart with reduced traffic and congestion.
Three fixed-base operators at Chicago Executive (Atlantic Aviation, Signature Flight Support, and Hawthorne Global Aviation Services) provide fueling and handling for private aircraft, and a variety of travel services for executive and leisure travelers.
(KDPA, DPA) DuPage Airport – West Chicago, Illinois
- Runway: 7,570 feet
- FBO: DuPage Flight Center
- Customs & Immigration: 24 hours customs with PNR
- Website: http://www.dupageairport.com/
Charter a private flight to DuPage Airport (IATA: DPA, ICAO: KDPA, FAA LID: DPA), a general aviation field located in DuPage County, 29 miles (47 km) west of downtown Chicago. It also serves as a reliever for both O’Hare and Midway.
There are four separate facilities at (DPA) DuPage — the DuPage Airport, one of the busiest in Illinois, its on-site FBO (DuPage Flight Center), a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed golf course, and the largest corporate research and development park in DuPage County.
(KDPA) DuPage is the only general aviation field in Illinois with four active runways, two ILS approaches, a 24-hour FAA air control tower, and over 40 aviation and non-aviation support businesses. DuPage also features an on-site U.S. Customs Office (+1 630 208 6490).
(KUGN, UGN) Waukegan National Airport – Waukegan, Illinois
- Runway: 6,000 feet
- FBO: Signature Flight Support UGN
- Customs & Immigration: Yes (scheduled service; O/T available)
- Website: http://waukeganairport.com/
Rent a private turboprop and fly to Waukegan National Airport (IATA: UGN, ICAO: KUGN, FAA LID: UGN), a public use airport located 35 nautical miles (65 km) north of downtown Chicago in Waukegan, Illinois.
(UGN) Waukegan National is categorized as a reliever for O’Hare, and it’s the second busiest airport in Illinois for international arrivals. Two runways are available — 5/23, measuring 6,000 feet, and 14/32, measuring 3,751 feet — and FBO service is provided by Signature Flight Support.
Please note that although Waukegan National is operational 24 hours a day, customs availability is scheduled between 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (local time) between Monday – Friday. Customs is still available at anytime given two hours notice (+1 847 336 2136), and weekend arrivals must be scheduled before 4 p.m. Friday CST. Overtime rates applicable outside of normal operating hours: $225/hour.
Private aviation allows clients to arrive and depart using more than 100x the number of airports commercial airlines use, allowing clients to arrive closer to their destination, reduce costs using airports dedicated to private and general aviation, or reach remote, exotic destinations. These additional airports are located within 50 miles of Chicago; if you don’t see your preferred airport listed, contact one of our brokers with your trip details.
- (KGYY, GYY) Gary/Chicago International Airport – Gary, Indiana
13,000′ | FBO: Gary Jet Center — B. Coleman Aviation
- (KIGQ, IGQ) Lansing Municipal – Chicago/Lynwood, IL
4,002′ | FBO: Windy City Aero — Village of Lansing Municipal Airport
- (K06C, 06C) Schaumburg Regional – Chicago/Schaumburg, IL
- (K05C, 05C) Griffith-Merrillville Airport – Griffith, IN
- (K1C5, 1C5) Bolingbrook’s Clow Int’l – Bolingbrook, IL
3,362′ | FBO: A&M Aviation
- (K3HO, 3HO) Hobart Sky Ranch – Hobart, IN
- (KLOT, LOT) Lewis University Airport – Romeoville, IL
6,500′ | FBO: Lewis Airport University
- (K3CK, 3CK) Lake in the Hills Airport – Lake in the Hills, IL
- (KMGC, MGC) Michigan City Municipal – Michigan City, IN
4,100′ | FBO: Michigan City Municipal
- (KVPZ, VPZ) Porter County Municipal – Valparaiso, IN
- (KARR, ARR, AUZ) Aurora Municipal – Sugar Grove, IL
6,501′ | FBO: J.A. Air Center
- (KPPO, PPO) La Porte Municpial Airport – LaPorte, IN
- (KENW, ENW) Kenosha Regional – Kenosha, WI
5,499′ | FBO: Kenosha Aviation — Stein’s Aircraft Services
- (KDKB, DKB) DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport – DeKalb, IL
7,026′ | FBO: DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport
Aircraft for Private Flights to Chicago, Illinois
ACA has access to the thousands of private jets located in the Chicago area for your private charter flight, and we offer access to Wyvern/ARGUS aircraft when necessary. All of the aircraft we arrange for private flights are operated by FAR Part 135 or 121 (or foreign equivalent) air carriers, and we only select experienced pilots with a wealth of experience as pilot- or second-in-command.
Popular jet rentals for Chicago jet charter include Midsize and Super Midsize Jets (Cessna Citation X, Hawker 800XP, LearJet 60/60XR); Heavy Jets (Challenger 604, Gulfstream GIV, Falcon 2000 EX); and Long Range Jets (Falcon 7X, Global Express, Gulfstream G550). We also offer access to regional and VIP airliners for large group charters for executive groups, business meetings, and special events.
Our Chicago Jet Charter brokers will match the goals and budget of your private flight to a variety of aircraft options, allowing clients to choose between cost-effective options, and enjoyable, spacious jet, or the most luxurious, lavish private jet available. Check out our Aircraft Gallery for more details on all of the aircraft available for your trip.
Piston | Turbo Props
- Beech Baron 58
- Cessna 340
- Cessna Conquest II
- Cessna Grand Caravan
- Cessna Stationair
- Cirrus SR-22
- King Air 90
- King Air 100
- King Air 200
- King Air 250
- King Air 300
- King Air 350
- Piaggio Avanti II
- Pilatus PC-12
- Piper Cheyenne
- Piper Malibu
- Piper Matrix
- Piper Meridian
- Piper Navajo Chieftain
- Piper Seneca
VLJ | Light Jets | Super Light
- Beechjet 400 / 400A
- Cessna Citation Bravo
- Citation CJ
- Citation CJ2 / CJ2+
- Citation CJ3 / CJ3+
- Citation CJ4 / CJ4+
- Citation Encore
- Citation M2
- Citation Mustang
- Citation Ultra
- Eclipse 500
- Hawker 400XP
- Honda Jet
- Lear Jet 31 / 31A
- Lear 35 / 35A
- Lear 40 / 40XR
- Lear 45 / 45XR (SLJ)
- Nextant 400XT
- Phenom 100
- Phenom 300 (SLJ)
Midsize | Super Midsize Jets
- Citation Excel / XLS
- Citation Sovereign
- Citation X (10)
- Challenger 300 / 350
- Falcon 50 / 50EX
- Gulfstream G150 / G200 / G280
- Hawker 700
- Hawker 800 / 800A / 800XP / 850XPi
- Hawker 900 / 900XP
- Hawker 1000 / 4000
- Lear 55
- Lear 60 / 60XR
- Legacy 500
Large | Heavy Jets
- Challenger 601
- Challenger 604 | 605
- Challenger 850
- Embraer Lineage 1000
- Falcon 900 / LX
- Falcon 2000 / EX / LX / LXS
- Global 5000
- Gulfstream G450
- Gulfstream GIV / G4
- Gulfstream GIV-SP / G4 SP
- Lear 70 /75
- Legacy 600
- Legacy 650
Long Range Jets
- Falcon 5X
- Falcon 7X
- Falcon 8X
- Global Express / XRS
- Global 6000
- Global 7000
- Global 8000
- Gulfstream GV / G5
- Gulfstream G550
- Gulfstream G600
- Gulfstream G650 / ER
View all Long Range Jets
- Airbus ACJ-318 Elite Corporate Jet
- Airbus ACJ-319 VIP
- Airbus ACJ-320 VIP
- Airbus ACJ-321 VIP
- Boeing Business Jet BBJ / BBJ2 / BBJ3
- Boeing B-727 VIP
- Boeing B-737 VIP
- Boeing B-747 VIP
- Boeing B-757 VIP
- Boeing B-787 Dreamliner VIP
- Bombardier CRJ-200
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Visit the Windy City | Private Jet to Chicago, IL
“Chicago still remains a Mecca of the Midwest—people from both coasts are kind of amazed how good life is in Chicago, and what a good culture we’ve got. You can have a pretty wonderful artistic life and never leave Chicago.” ~ Harold Ramis
Chicago, known for its iconic skyscrapers and an impressive array of renowned museums, is the jewel of the mid-west, and its location in the heart of the country makes it an important hub for private jet rentals, executive charter flights and corporate jet charters.
From its early beginnings in the mid-19th century, it served as an important transportation hub between the eastern and western United States, thanks to its location between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.
The city’s first railway was established in 1848, the same year it developed a canal for steamboats and ships to pass from the lakes to the river, creating an economic boom that would influence the U.S. economy for decades to come with a focus on manufacturing, retail and finance.
Today, the Windy City stands as one of the most important cities in the world and an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. Book your private flight with ACA Chicago jet charter service, and learn more about the city in the sections below.
Chicago’s cultural value is also comparable to its impact on the country’s economy.
The area has produced artists, writers, poets and performers from a variety of fields and genres, including visual arts, novels, film, theater (primarily improvisational comedy) and music, mainly jazz, blues, soul, gospel and house music; the huge music festival Lollapalooza is held annually at Grant Park every August.
Chi-town has a team in all four major sports (two in baseball), and it’s home to some of the most famous (and infamous) teams in the history of professional sports, from Jordan’s Bulls of the 90’s and the lovable-but-hapless Cubs throughout the entirety of the 20th century, to scandal-ridden Blacksox of the 1919.
Chicago is home to an incredible array of museums and educational attractions, including the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium, all located at Chicago’s Museum Campus, a 57-acre park along the shores of Lake Michigan. Soldier Field, home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears, is also located within the park, along with the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place.
Head slightly north and you’ll arrive at perhaps the city’s most famous attraction, Navy Pier, a 3,300-foot pier extending out above Lake Michigan. The pier contains several shops, parks, gardens, restaurants, exhibitions and attractions, including the Centennial Wheel, a nearly 200 feet Ferris-wheel offering unparalleled, 360-degree views of Chicago’s incredible skyline and the expansive Lake Michigan.
The city is also famous as one of the best gastronomic cities in the country, from culinary staples like authentic, deep-dish pizza, classic Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian Corn Beef Sandwiches, to eclectic, adventurous combinations at some of the finest high-end, Michelin star restaurants in this hemisphere.
Exclusive restaurants including Alinea, Boka, GLongman & Eagle, Sepia and 42 grams are located in and around the loop, and offer incredible fine-dining experiences to luxury and executive jet travelers. Check out more of our recommendations after your private flight to Chicago, Illinois.
600 E Grand Ave
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
233 S Wacker Dr
Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S Lake Shore Dr
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark St
1300 S Lake Shore Dr
337 E Randolph St
John Hancock Center
875 N Michigan Ave
Chi-town is home to the world’s busiest airport, O’Hare International Airport, and the region has the largest number of highways and rail road freight in the United States — it’s also one of the most popular destinations in the country for business and executive aviation.
Home to the corporate headquarters to 57 of the Fortune 1000 companies, the Chicago Metropolitan Area was named an alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network and ranked seventh overall in the 2014 Global Cities Index. As of 2014, it holds the third largest gross metropolitan product in the United States at $610.5 billion.
Chicago Executive Air Charter
Air Charter Advisors is your best source for executive jet charter service, private jet management and aircraft sales & acquisition in Chicago, Illinois and surrounding areas of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.
Our company is Wyvern Certified, using safety standards and due diligence processes that meet and/or exceed requirements Fortune 500 companies apply to their corporate fleets.
We take the privacy, safety, and comfort of our clients very seriously, and our team diligently reviews the details of the most recent Wyvern PASS reports for pilot safety, aircraft maintenance and operator history to give you peace of mind when arranging your executive charter flight to Chicago.
You might not book with us the first time, but when you do, you’ll know you have a partner you can work with for every flight you need in the future.
Private Jet Management and Corporate Aircraft Sales
Looking to establish a corporate fleet for your business, or add to a business jet to an existing fleet? Air Charter Advisors can assist executive and corporations in selecting & finding the right aircraft for their upcoming missions.
Planning to fly frequently between regional offices? Are you entertaining prospective clients? Do you plan to charter your aircraft to offset costs? Where is the best place to base your corporate jet? There are some of the questions you need to ask, and we’re here to help you find the right answers for your business.
Check out more details about our private aircraft marketing & management services, and contact us detailing your business aviation goals and review the options for business jet sales & acquisitions with an Air Charter Advisor.
Corporate Flight Backup | Supplemental Lift
ACA works with corporations across the country to provide business jet rentals when a company require a flight outside of the capabilities int heir current fleet, or when they have an aircraft scheduled for maintenance or previously scheduled flights.
If you have a private or corporate jet that has a mechanical issue, or you need to arrange simultaneous trips for your business executives, we can arrange a supplemental lift to Chicago in as little as 4 to 6 hours.
Fractional Owners & Jet Cards
ACA offers access to jet card programs in 25, 50, and 100 hour cards for frequent private flyers, and we offer assistance in becoming a fractional aircraft owner in the Chicago area.
Already have a jet card of fractional aircraft? Air Charter Advisors also offers unlimited quotes with zero obligations – members can compare us to their current plan before reserving hours for their next flight! Our hourly rates are some of the most competitive in the industry, all without cutting corners regarding safety or pilot experience.
America’s economy isn’t the only thing shaped by the Windy City – the country’s history and landscape would also be defined by the rise of an Illinoisan named Abraham Lincoln. Issues over the spread of slavery propelled Lincoln to the Presidential nomination at the 1860 Republican National Convention in Chicago. His victory over Stephan Douglas and the policies he implemented would go on to set the stage for the American Civil War.
Chicago’s influence isn’t limited to the United States, either. Despite the Great Fire of 1871 leaving a 4-mile-long section of the city in rubble, most of the city survived, including its railroads and stockyards. New building standards using steel and stone were applied in the rebuilding process, leading to the construction of the world’s first skyscraper in 1885, and the largest building boom in our nation’s history.
The continued growth of the city and its annexation of surrounding neighborhoods drew thousands of immigrants from Europe and the eastern United States, with over three-quarters of Chicago’s population being foreign born as of 1900. This rise in population led to innovative ideas in sanitation and health issues, and the city gained recognition as a leader in public health, creating standards that would be applied in cities across the country. All of these factors led to 1893, when the city hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition at the present-day location of Jackson Park. The event drew over 27 million visitors, and is considered the most influential world’s fair in history.
The 20th century saw the city’s continual rise, from important cultural events and scientific discoveries to iconic sports teams and mafia origins. A rise in industry thanks to World War I brought a massive migration of workers into the area, creating racial tensions as the African-American community more than quadrupled in population. In 1919, prohibition was ratified as the 18th amendment, ushering in the beginnings of the Gangster Era and introducing America to the likes of Al Capone, Dion O’Banion, Bugs Moran and Tony Accardo. The streets of Chicago transformed into an urban battlefield during this time, with the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre taking place in 1929.
Prohibition was repealed in 1933, and while the violence ended in the streets, a breakthrough discovery nearly a decade later would bring unimaginable destruction to the air. In 1942, while working on the top-secret Manhattan Project, physicist Enrico Fermi conducted the world’s first controlled nuclear reaction at the University of Chicago, leading to the creation of the first Atomic Bomb used by the United States three years later.
Chicago Luxury Hotels
Chicago, the Windy City along the great Lake Michigan, is one of the most important cities in the world and a popular destination for private flights.
Known also as the “City of Big Shoulders”, it’s the birthplace of modern skyscrapers and home to one of the most recognizable skylines in the world. Chi-town has a lot to offer private luxury jet travelers, from dynamic architecture, a wealth of museums and an incredible food scene, to some of the finest five-star accommodations in the country.
The premier luxury hotel in the city is the Waldorf Astoria, an upscale Art Deco hotel in the stylish Gold Coast neighborhood located downtown. The hotel provides a spectacular setting for meetings, weddings, and other special events, confirmed by its vote as the 2016 Reader’s Choice ‘Best U.S. Hotel’ by Conde Naste.
The following list of our top choices was created based on factors such as client feedback, location, amenities and online reviews. Once you arrive in Illinois via luxury private jet, our Chicago Jet Charter agents can also arrange ground transportation to/from the hotel of your choice.
11 E Walton St
Four Seasons Hotel
120 E Delaware Pl
Sofitel Water Tower Hotel
20 E Chestnut St
160 E Pearson St
Trump International Hotel & Tower
401 N Wabash Ave
The Langham – AMA Plaza
330 N Wabash Ave
108 E Superior St
The Talbott Hotel
20 E Delaware Pl
03 N Wabash Ave
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