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Who is Shay Colby?

“Love at first flight” Overlooked and misunderstood, manifest still takes care of us while greeting everyone with a smile and positive attitude. Even when we rush to the window for a last minute change, Shay Colby takes in stride, the frantic, ridiculous requests we throw at her and everything else tasked with. On top of […]
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Participants of Rookiefest

Rookiefest 2021!

Rookiefest 2021!! On September 11 and 12, Skydive Chicago was so excited for the opportunity to host Rookiefest again!! The event brought 73 skydivers from over twenty different dropzones to Ottawa, IL to learn with some of the best coaches in the country. Excitement level was high for both participants and coaches, reminding us all […]
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William Roberts Wilsey

“She told me I couldn’t skydive because it was too expensive, and I told her what if I made it pay for itself?” William Roberts Wilsey didn’t begin his skydiving career like most. Commonly, we see new jumpers beginning their career around the ages of 18 – 24, wide eyed and fearless. Of those who […]
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Entrance to Skydive Chicago and Starved Rock Nationals

Starved Rock Nationals Car Show

For several years at Skydive Chicago we have provided the venue for a small car show and celebration event in June to raise money and awareness for the Starved Rock Regional Center for kids. So it was not completely out of the blue when in the fall of 2020, the La Salle County Street Cars […]
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Oh Summerfest!

Summerfest 2021 RecapBy Tracey Holman July 24 to August 1 at Skydive Chicago was the 20th anniversary of our Summerfest boogie! We had 633 people registered, along with around 100 staff members, totaling 14,041 jumps over ten days, using 17000 gallons of fuel, running 570+ loads, and making 1,234 smoothies! The weather was overall wonderful, […]
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Louise Wise

100 Years and still skydiving

Louise Wise made her first jump 6 years ago on her 94th birthday. What better reason than to make another for her 100th? Just to show how motivated she was, she originally scheduled her jump back in early May, but Spring time had other plans than blue skies for weather! Returning this time with friends […]
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A Tandem Instructors Perspective

At the age of 36, with almost half of his life spent in the sport, Rogers Stack has a few things to say about his time as a Tandem Instructor. Below he shares his progression in the sport, his perspective on first time tandems, and what he personally does to ensure a long prosperous career. […]
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Freedomfest weekend!

Saturday for the Freedomfest Speed Star Money Meet participants completed three rounds of jumps with mixed up teams completing one point formations in the fastest time. Registration funds went into a pot which was then awarded to top two fastest contestants for each belly and vertical categories. Eugene Fernandez (61.4 seconds) and Maria Tkachuk (63.48 […]
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Summer is Here!

Summer has just begun, and we are stoked for an incredible season! New jumpers, new events, new pilots and more! Have you been out yet to experience the 2021 season? Be sure to keep up with our events page to see what we have on deck! A new season, a new pilot! Meet Ben Vinych […]
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Remote work Redefined

Reflecting Skydiving: an extreme sport full of individuals defining their own path to happiness. Providing more than an adrenaline rush, the sport offers a variety of benefits, motivation, empowerment, character building, therapy for the mind, just to name a few. No matter the benefit a person receives, skydiving serves value to all while forcing us […]
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