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Eyes to the Skies in Lisle

The skies in Lisle filled with color as hot air balloons took flight.

The return of the “Eyes to the Skies” festival over the Fourth of July weekend brought over a dozen of the balloons in all different shapes, sizes, and colors to delight the crowd.

“It’s just very unique, there aren’t a lot of festivals in Chicago that do it, to be honest it’s challenging to do it in Chicago with two airports and the weather and winds we get,” said Brad Hettich, Chaiman of the Lisle Eyes to the Skies Committee, “People are really fascinated by hot air balloons, they’re really cool and unique so families love to come out and see them.”

With balloon launches held twice a day, tethered rides, and a balloon glow at night, there’s lots of action for the festival-goers, and a unique opportunity for balloonists to show their stuff.

“Well when we fly normally we don’t fly in a concentrated group so there aren’t 10,000 people watching us,” said Scott McClinton, Balloon Meister of the festival, “When we come out here on a Saturday night, there’ll be 30,000 to 40,000 people watching us, which is really cool.”

The festival is one of the biggest events on Lisle’s calendar, and even after 34 years, it hasn’t stopped amazing spectators.

The event also includes a Fourth of July parade, carnival, craft fair, and fireworks.

Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.


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