It may soon be possible to add skydiving to the list of things to do in Naperville, though the skies in question are fairly finite.
When Naperville City Council members meet this week, they’ll be asked to approve iFly, an indoor skydiving facility on the southeast corner of Freedom Drive and Independence Avenue, on the city’s north side.
SkyGroup Investments LLC needs a major change to the planned unit development in place for Freedom Commons, to build a three-story, 9,777-square-foot building where people can try indoor skydiving.
“We’ve found that it’s a major draw,” project manager Bill Adams told members of the Planning and Zoning Commission last month in a public hearing on the request. “It will be a real good fit for Naperville.”
The planning board unanimously recommended approving the application. The proposal also drew support in testimony at the hearing, including the backing of Freedom Commons owner Bill Brug, who predicted the 68-foot-tall facility would be “a magnet for all over the Chicago area.”
If the council agrees, construction is planned to begin during September on the business, centered on a vertical tunnel that simulates the sensation of skydiving by shooting wind skyward at up to 100 miles per hour. With capacity for as many as 300 prebooked patrons daily, the facility would charge about $60 for a half-hour session, which would cover necessary basic instructions and three simulations, each lasting about a minute, Adams said.
The Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., Naperville.