Skydive Chicago Teams Up With The Red Cross

Skydive Chicago Teams Up With The Red Cross

Disaster Support and Relief Training in Ottawa, IL

The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago came to Skydive Chicago today to spend time training for when disaster strikes.  The teams of people who work and volunteer for The Red Cross of Greater Chicago met to practice different disaster relief scenarios.  Role-play, education and discussion were used better understand the ‘what and hows’ of relief procedures.  One of the focuses of today was setting up a shelter and managing the flow of victims, staff, by-standers and more.

The program held at Skydive Chicago today was part of a larger campaign called Operation Power Play 2017.  The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago meet, discuss and practice for different disaster and support policy and procedures.  Other topics and focal points of Operation Play Play include Responder Safety and Health, Emergency Operations Center Management, Critical Logistics and Resource Management, Interoperable Communications, and Restoration of Lifelines (power restoration to critical infrastructure).  Groups from all over the state meet to prepare for all of these scenarios and more.

We at Skydive Chicago are very thankful to be able to support The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago in their efforts to support our local community.  If you you would like to make a donation or be a part of disaster relief in your Chicagoland area, click here and get started today!


Easter Weekend at Skydive Chicago

Thanks to all who came out to the Easter Egg Hunt and shared Easter weekend with us here at Skydive Chicago!

Take a peek at the photos from the weekend that Chris Goeller from Gearless Chris Productions submitted.

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Take a peek at the photos from the weekend that Chris Goeller from Gearless Chris Productions submitted.

Give The Gift of Human Flight!

Give The Gift of Human Flight!

Do you remember how it felt when you overcame your fear and how awesome of an experience it was?  Would you like to give that experience to someone else and share the memories with them?

Now you can…

This April, Skydive Chicago has teamed up with The Freefall Foundation to give away a FREE tandem skydive and FREE video package to two different individuals who want to skydive but simply can’t afford the cost of skydiving.

Simply click on this link and visit The Freefall Foundation’s website.  Tell us why your friend or family member should go on a free tandem skydive.  Tell us who would benefit from the dream and exhilaration of skydiving.  While we would like everyone to be able to skydive for free, this free skydive and video package is focused on those who do not have the funds necessary to pay for the experience.

Nominate your friend or family member today to share the experience of human flight and change a life by opening it up to the possibilities that can shape their future.  Click here to get started now!

The Freefall Foundation was created to provide people who have wanted to skydive or want to overcome obstacles in their life but simply do not have the means to actually go skydive.  They had a a simple dream to share the sky with those who can’t afford it. They did this because skydiving allowed them to realize the amazing potential of the the sport that enriched their lives and turned the edges of life, that were once feared, into the wonderful balconies of life that they enjoy every day in the sky.

Skydive Chicago is partnering with The Freefall Foundation in 2017 to help deliver the dream of skydiving to those in the Greater Chicagoland Area and surrounding communities for those who want to skydive but cannot muster the means to chase their dreams.  Just like The Freefall Foundation, Skydive Chicago believes everyone should feel the experience of skydiving.  In fact, that is Skydive Chicago’s goal for all who walk through their doors and into their skies.  The family and staff at Skydive Chicago live, work, and play in the world of skydiving because they believe in the freedom, family, and experiences that motivate them to push their boundaries to grow as skydivers and people as they return year after year to continue to give that gift to all who want to be a part of the experience.

Opening Weekend Photo Gallery

Opening Weekend Photo Gallery

Opening Weekend at Skydive Chicago was an amazing time with friends and family.

Take a peek at all the fun in this gallery from Gearless Chris Productions!


Safety Day 2017 Video Recap

Safety Day 2017 Video Recap

Another Safety Day and Opening Weekend In The Books!

2017 is off to a great start at Skydive Chicago!  We had well over 100 attendees on Friday Night for Safety Day.  Thank you to everyone who came out to be refreshed and reminded of how very important it is to continually strive to be safe in both the sky and on the ground with every single jump.  We have had many requests from those were were unable to attend to put together a video that shows the presentations from the evening.  Well, you asked and we delivered!  Follow the link below and you can see just what you missed.  If you want to review the fantastic information that our presenters put together, you can do that as well!  As we forge ahead into the season at Skydive Chicago, we encourage you to remember the lessons learned from your very first skydive to the latest and greatest jump in your logbook.  Thanks again to everyone for making Safety Day 2017 a huge success at Skydive Chicago!

Blue Skies and Safe Flying!

March 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

Our March 2017 Newsletter Is Out!

It’s that time of year again, the day that you have been waiting for! Skydive Chicago opens for the 2017 season this Saturday, March 18th! Come out and join us as we kick off another great season of skydiving!

Read the full newsletter here:

SDC Times May 2016 Edition

SDC Unlimited Membership

Have you purchased your SDC Unlimited Membership yet?
Only 15 memberships are available for purchase each month. August is already SOLD OUT, and July is filling up fast as well.
The only remaining membership spots available are for May, June, July, and October.
Contact us to purchase your membership(s) before they’re all gone. Just complete the membership contract and return to the office with your payment to secure your spot.

Flight-1 Canopy Courses

Skydive Chicago has two sets of Flight-1 canopy courses scheduled for this season so far. Our first set of courses are coming up quick. The beginner level 101 and 102 courses are scheduled for this upcoming weekend, May 6th-8th, there is still time to sign up! We are also holding the 201 and 202 courses this July, these are advanced level courses which feature an introduction to high performance landings.

May – 101 & 102 Courses

Whether this is your first canopy course or if it’s been a while since you gave some love to the nylon above your head, refresh your knowledge and get reacquainted with your canopy. You will learn the fundamental skills needed to pilot your canopy safely, and practice drills that you will utilize throughout your skydiving life.
AND…that’s not all!
Flight 101 & 102 courses will satisfy the requirements for USPA’s Canopy Piloting Proficiency Card for your B license and go way above and beyond them.
Flight 101 – Friday 6 May
Flight 101 – Saturday 7 May
Flight 102 – Sunday 8 May
Course Insturctor: Shannon Pilcher
Cost: $170 per course, plus 5 hop and pop jumps @ $20 each (A $75 non-refundable deposit is required to register
Registration:  Visit one of the links below to register online AND call the office at 815-433-0000 to complete registration with your $75 deposit.

July – 201 & 202 Courses

Flight 201 is a course focused on “Developing Speed” and introduces the fundamental principles of high performance landings and speed building approaches using pitch. The course also includes essential slow approach skills and rear riser emergency landings. 
Basically, if you want to learn how to swoop, this course is for you!
Flight 202 offers you a structured framework to building your high performance approach. It provides deeper information on building airspeed on approaches using rotation, and offers the chance to learn rules and altitudes associated with more challenging approaches. It also offers flight planning and future training considerations.
Flight 201 – Thursday 21 July
Flight 202 – Friday 22 July
Course Insturctor: Shannon Pilcher
Cost: $170 per course, plus 5 hop and pop jumps @ $20 each (A $75 non-refundable deposit is required to register)
Registration:  Visit one of the links below to register online AND call the office at 815-433-0000 to complete registration with your $75 deposit.

SDC’s Teams are Back!

Skydive Chicago’s sponsored teams, SDC Rhythm XP and SDC Core, are back for the 2016 season. Rhythm and Core will be training, organizing, and hosting small events throughout the year. 

Locker Rentals

Are you looking for a place to secure your gear while you’re at the dropzone?
Skydive Chicago provides 175 rentable lockers, located in the hangar, which is secured every night. There are currently 50 lockers available for rent. One of these lockers can be yours for a small annual rental fee of only $50.
Short term locker rentals are also available at $25/week.
Stop into the office to make your locker reservation.

The Drop Shop – May Special

For the month of May The Drop Shop is having a special!  
10% OFF of all in-stock or special order camera accessories.
Visit The Drop Shop’s website HERE, or stop in the next time you are at the dropzone.
Phone: 815-510-6595

Tandem Safety

Whether you have 25 jumps or 10,000 skydives everyone needs to stay up-to-date and current on their Emergency Procedures. On April 23rd all SDC instructors harnessed up playing role of instructor and student. All instructors are also audited throughout the year to ensure that our standards are being met.

May 2016 Tandem Specials

Let the countdown to summer begin!
MAY JUMP-VIDEO PROMO WEB copySkydive Chicago is offering many great specials on tandem skydives in the month of May.
What are you waiting for? Come out and make your jump now!
In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, Skydive Chicago is offering your tandem skydive at a $189 rate for everyone that comes out to make a tandem skydive on May 7th & 8th.
Schedule your reservation now, before we book up for the weekend!
What is your profile picture?
Every person that makes a tandem skydive on Thursdays in the month of May will receive one free selfie photo. The selfie photo will be taken while under canopy. The photo will be selected by Skydive Chicago and delivered to your email inbox.
May Selfie Thursdays TV STILL Web V
With all of our great events planned for this season, we want to keep our campground looking great. We can accomplish this by keeping our slots tidy, utilizing the trash and recycling receptacles, keeping our pets on leashes and cleaning up after them.
Anyone that is staying on the campground or utilizing the campground facilities must have a current waiver on file. Tandem students staying on the campground will be given a blue wristband to indicate that they have been approved to use the facilities.
If you have non-jumping friends staying to visit please make sure that they stop into the office to fill out a short campground release, prior to utilizing the campground. If you have friends arriving after the office has closed they can stop by the Tiki bar or Skylounge to complete the campground release.

Blue Skies!

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