Comings & Goings: Learn to fly this summer

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Where: 1752 Freedom Drive, Naperville

Call: 779-368-4359

Hours: By bookings


Where: 804 S. Route 59, Naperville

Call: 630-420-7788

Hours: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday

If you’ve had dreams of flying, here’s your chance. iFLY, an indoor skydiving experience, is coming to Naperville later this summer. If you can’t wait till then, one is opening in Rosemont in just a week.

“Recreation, sport and education are all vital to building an engaging community. With that in mind, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of bringing the iFLY experience to Naperville — it brings a fresh angle in all three of those areas,” says Dave Janossy, general manager of the Naperville location at 1752 Freedom Drive. “We can’t wait to see everyone learning to fly!”

Anyone ages 3 to 103 can enjoy “the singular rush of skydiving,” making dreams come true, iFLY states. Using a technology called vertical wind tunnel, patrons can mimic the adrenaline-charged skydiving experience without the daunting leap out of an airplane.

First-time fliers are given a brief training session and are then geared up for the free-fall experience that lasts about 60 seconds — longer than most real ones. Leaning forward onto a cushion of air while a trained iFLY instructor assists allows for the weight to be lifted by a rush of air — and patrons float.

The technology used stems from military and skydiving training. The vertical tunnel is a 14-foot-wide circular flight chamber through which four axial fans channel air, creating the upward draft strong enough to carry fliers — 80 to 175 miles an hour, and depending on skill level and weight.

Beginners will learn the basic belly flight, but can come back for more training. Basic beginner packages include two flights and cost $69.95 with double-length flights available at a reduced rate. iFLY also offers bookings for experienced fliers, corporate events, as well as party and group bookings.

The Rosemont location has been accepting online registrations since May 8, and the Naperville location is sure to follow soon.

“The response from future fliers has been flooding our email boxes,” says iFLY’s Stuart Wallock. “The thrill of indoor skydiving offers a unique experience that everyone in the family can enjoy.”

Asian buffet reopens, again

What was once Nagoya, closed down, then opened as Royal, then closed down last year, reopened again May 1 at 804 S. Route 59 in Naperville.

Restaurant manager Thomas Yu, who previously worked at another Asian buffet, Kobe, says the new owners at Royal are looking to offer an even bigger variety of Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Asian fusion foods.

From egg rolls to sushi, and pork tripe to chicken feet, Royal has an array of foods for those looking for old-time favorites to the most experimental palate.

The huge seating area allows for big and small groups to enjoy some strange delicacies as well as a selection of sushi rolls and made-to-order hibachi. Seasonal fruit, cookies, a miniature cake assortment and a self-serve ice cream bar conclude the seemingly endless buffet options.

Even more competitively priced than in previous attempts, Royal looks to attract a bustling lunch and dinner crowd starting at $7.99 for lunch and $11.99 for dinner during weekdays. Buffet-to-go options also are available and are charged by weight.

Originally Royal was looking to offer breakfast as well, but quickly decided to focus on lunch and dinner only for better quality at a low price, Yu says. Private party bookings for up to 300 people also are available.

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