Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

Chicago Drone Laws

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by vgt, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. vgt

    vgt

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2015
    Messages:
    279
    Likes Received:
    72
    Traveling to Chicago for the week, and was thinking of brining the drone along - any unique rules/laws in Chicago to be aware of?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Josh Curtiss

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2015
    Messages:
    170
    Likes Received:
    36
    Location:
    Illinois
    Would love to hear as well. Always been afraid to fly in the city.
     
  3. bbfpv

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2015
    Messages:
    3,744
    Likes Received:
    1,092
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    With a murder rate of 1 every 17 hours this year, I would be afraid to fly in the city too. Though you're more likely to get wounded... that rate is 1 every 3 hours.
     
  4. wotblake

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2015
    Messages:
    172
    Likes Received:
    44
    I fly in the city all the time. I fly on the North Side / Lincoln Park area. Beautiful views of the city from over the park or over the Lake. Go early in the morning (6-7am) and you'll have the place to yourself.

    DJI just added no fly zones around Wrigley, Soldier field, etc.
     
  5. Josh Curtiss

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2015
    Messages:
    170
    Likes Received:
    36
    Location:
    Illinois
    Duh, didn't even think over the lake. Sweet. My wife is not happy with you for giving me this idea now.
     
  6. wotblake

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2015
    Messages:
    172
    Likes Received:
    44
    Filming boats, jet skis, etc is great. I stay high and away from them, but close enough to get a cool shot.

    One thing to be aware of - lots of helicopters fly up and down the coast. A lot of tourist helicopters. The tourists helicopters are usually over 1,000 feet. However, there are some military/police/coast guard choppers that fly very low over the lake front. As a result, I keep my Phantom pretty low in this area and my head on a swivel.
     
  7. Josh Curtiss

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2015
    Messages:
    170
    Likes Received:
    36
    Location:
    Illinois
    Haha makes sense. Cool.
     
  8. vgt

    vgt

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2015
    Messages:
    279
    Likes Received:
    72
    Cool, thanks. Just got here, will be headed over to Lakeside around sunset to try and get some shots of the city.
     
  9. vgt

    vgt

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2015
    Messages:
    279
    Likes Received:
    72
    First flight down. Didn't get shot or arrested yet :)
     
  10. kenjancef

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2015
    Messages:
    1,202
    Likes Received:
    236
    Location:
    East Providence, RI
    Anything worth sharing??
     
  11. Josh Curtiss

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2015
    Messages:
    170
    Likes Received:
    36
    Location:
    Illinois
    Maybe he actually did get shot lol

    JOKE. :D
     
  12. Jeff48920

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2014
    Messages:
    1,017
    Likes Received:
    502
    Location:
    Pomona, IL
    Or in jail. Also JOKE
     
  13. vgt

    vgt

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2015
    Messages:
    279
    Likes Received:
    72
    Will share stuff when I get home, traveling for work and was saddled enough bringing the drone, so no proper computer with my. Should be something worth looking at. Just went for a nightflight from the hotel roof, should get some good shots out of that. Lots of air traffic in Chicago, and thought its all pretty high, still spooks you at night.
     
  14. kenjancef

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2015
    Messages:
    1,202
    Likes Received:
    236
    Location:
    East Providence, RI
    No worries, but make sure you post links when you get time to go through it all...
     
  15. Josh Curtiss

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2015
    Messages:
    170
    Likes Received:
    36
    Location:
    Illinois
  16. vgt

    vgt

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2015
    Messages:
    279
    Likes Received:
    72
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    wotblake likes this.
  17. wotblake

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2015
    Messages:
    172
    Likes Received:
    44
    Awesome! These are great. Attached are a few pics I took the other night in Chicago.
     

    Attached Files:

  18. IOIIOOO

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2015
    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    38
    Location:
    Central Iowa
    These are from my trip last month, prior to the Soldier Field no-fly zone.

    [youtube]-k643Bwq0t8[/youtube]

    [youtube]SvsycD9okfc[/youtube]