This upcoming Memorial Day weekend will mark our 20th Season since we opened the doors to our current operation just north of the little bustling town of Ottawa, IL. With so much to celebrate, we decided to make sure to do it right. “What’s doing it right” mean, you ask? Well, for starters, we are offering $20 jump tickets all weekend long starting on Saturday and ending on Monday. Have that friend who wants to do a tandem? You can let them know that SDC will be discounting tandems to $189 for the weekend as well. There are prizes, random t-shirt give-a-ways, a surprise from Eat Up coming, and we will even be rocking out down at the Tiki with our very own Cisco Dragon as he sings and plays while we gather with friends and family. Make your plans now and join us for a fantastic weekend at Skydive Chicago!
Ryan Patrick started Stay Awesome Productions and has been skydiving and making video edits for the last five years. He has honed his skill to a point where they are truly awesome edits. You may have seen him around this DZ or that DZ as he films and edits and makes all of us look good but, now, he’s teamed up with Skydive Chicago to help cover all the action that is coming your way this year. Let’s take a minute and get to know the man behind the camera… (more…)
Dave Schwartz is a very recognizable name in the skydiving industry – he’s a skydiver, a long time jump pilot, and is the co-creator and voice behind Skydive Radio. We here at Skydive Chicago are very fortunate to have Dave on the team. Join us on getting to know Dave’s quick-witted humor and his journey getting into skydiving and making Skydive Chicago his home.
Skydive Chicago’s 2018 May Newsletter
Take a peek at the latest information and happenings at the world-famous Skydive Chicago!
Special Delivery From Rook Nelson
Summer is here and I think we can all agree that it is about time! To think that four weeks ago it was snowing and now we are seeing 20 plus loads on a Monday; It’s simply amazing. May’s unlimited package holders have dug in and are making ‘hay’ while the sun shines. We have a great group of people for this months unlimited. I always enjoy meeting the new faces and learning what they think of SDC. A humbling comment I overhead was, “this place is the Four Seasons of skydiving”. While it makes me stoked to hear that, I want to express that it is a team of people that make SDC what it is. I’m fortunate to work with the best people in the business. Some of them have been working at SDC for over 10 years. So with that being said, I have a favor to ask next time your at SDC. Find a department manager and thank them as they deserve the praise for making SDC Great! (more…)
It’s an incredible year for us as we are entering our 20th Season since we opened the doors to our current operation just north of the little bustling town of Ottawa, IL. We take a quick glimpse of some of the great events that have happened over the last two decades:
World, National, State & Guinness Records
1998 Home of the 246-Person Largest Formation Skydiving World Record
1998 Guinness Book of World Record 259-Person Largest Formation Skydiving World Record
2001 POPS 40-Way Illinois State Record
2002, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014 Host of the USPA Skydiving National Championships
2005 18-Way Women’s Vertical World Record
2007 POPS 64-Way Illinois State Record
2007, 2009, 2012, 2016 Largest Vertical Formation World Record
2009 First ever US National Wingsuit Record, 25-Way
2011 Women’s 9-Way Wingsuit National Record
2013 Head Up 15-Way State Record
2015 Women’s 32-Way Sequential National Record
2015 Women’s 39-Way Women’s State Record
2016 Home to the first Mondial in the USA (the largest global skydiving competition, hosting all disciplines at one skydiving center)
2017 Sequential 111-Way State Record
2017 Wingsuit 29-Way State Record
- Not all drop zones are created equal.
We are not referencing the facilities the drop zone offers. Though, there are certain perks to visiting a drop zone with an internet café, pro shop, and overnight accommodations like we offer at Skydive Chicago.
It is more important to verify that a drop zone is an affiliate and member of the United States Parachute Association. The USPA is the only verified and FAA recognized group in the United States. What does it mean to be a part of the USPA? Well, drop zones that are USPA group members pledge to comply with the safety regulations put in place by the USPA. Knowing whether a drop zone meets these requirements is a pretty pertinent part of being informed prior booking a skydive. (more…)
Skydive Chicago is partnering with The Free Fall Foundation in 2018 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 Free Fall 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.
This April, we took Robbie Whittrock on a FREE tandem skydive. She is a hard-working mother of three who travels constantly for work and would never take the time for herself to do something like skydiving. Thankfully, she took a moment and she couldn’t have been happier that she did. Watch now and feel the experience with her.
You can nominate your friend or family member for a FREE skydive at Skydive Chicago right here: http://www.freefallfoundation.org/apply-2/
If you’ve been to Skydive Chicago, you’ve more than likely met this warmhearted person as she’s been a part of Skydive Chicago for over 19 years. She greets jumpers with a big smile as she loads the plane, and has embodied what it means when we say skydivers are family. Meet our extended family, member, Christa Cross. (more…)
Welcome to Vertical Dreams! Follow along as 3 men and 3 women race to earn a Golden Ticket Invitation to the 2018 Vertical World Record! These Dreamers are back for a second episode and we follow them through the highs and the lows of chasing down their dreams of being part of the Vertical Elite at Skydive Chicago.
These Dreamers will have to put it all on the line if they want to earn that invite to the Vertical World Record. Follow your favorite Dreamer and see if they make their dreams a reality!