One would be surprised that there are more than cornfields outside the city of Chicago. It may take a little bit of driving (but less than two hours), but something magical happens after you leave the city limits and discover the depths of the Land of Lincoln – there is nature, history, culture and community to experience and create new memories.
There are many hidden gems to discover all over the great state of Illinois. Here are our Top activities to do outside of Chicago:
Skydiving has its own language where an outsider would be curious to hear lingo like “boogie.” Skydivers would smile, knowing that a boogie is a term for a large skydiving event, where a skydiving center comes alive with the gathering of unique airplanes, world-class skydivers, and fun nightly activities where most, have life-changing experiences and fall in love with skydiving even more.
If you were to look up the word boogie, you might feel a slight flashback to the 70s thinking of a disco night. The dictionary even says that a boogie is to dance fast to pop or rock music – boogie down. However, the simplest explanation from Dropzone.com is that it is “a gathering of skydivers, usually focused on fun rather than competition.”
Overcoming fear of heights is perhaps one of the most common self-improvement motivators that drives first-time tandem skydivers come to visit us at Skydive Chicago. Fear of skydiving is almost always related to fear of heights, after all, and you might have the distinct inkling that it’s time to slay yours. Acrophobia is a special thing! There are few fears as petrifying, as tenacious — or as gosh-danged common. There aren’t many people on this gravity-driven planet, after all, that don’t count fear of heights in their “eek” column. Here’s how to make quick work of yours.
Is skydiving safe? Hmm. Good question. Is driving a car safe? Is eating produce from the grocery store safe? Is taking prescription drugs for an illness safe? You probably see where we’re going with this. How safe is skydiving? Well, it’s part of a balanced portfolio of risks that you undertake in your daily life, and it’s one of the biggest payoffs of the lot.
What’s the difference between dreaming and doing? It’s ambition. While dreams exist in the ethereal regions of our minds, ambition will take a dream, make it a goal, and strive toward that goal with drive, clear delineated intentions, and a plan.
What about you?
Would you like to take your dream of playing amongst big puffy clouds and turn it into the reality of being a licensed skydiver?
We want to help you establish healthy expectations and paint a realistic picture of what it takes to become a skydiver. Below we’ll cover what you need to know and expect to be perfectly prepared to become a skydiver.
Father’s Day is a special kind of celebration and a chance to acknowledge the importance of your dad. Fathers play so many different roles these days and come from all walks of life. Your dad may or may not be biological, but he is family. Grandfathers, uncles, teachers or a family friend may have stepped in to offer the dad card for you. No matter who you consider the dad in your life June 16th is a day to honor that relationship.
High altitude jumps are of the most unique bucket-list adventures a novelty-keen human can have. They’re the indisputable ideal for the ultimate adventurist — the kind of person who wants to take their skydiving experience to a level that few in the world can ever brag about.
Let’s not soft-pedal this: making a tandem skydive from 20,000′ isn’t just the adventure of your own lifetime, it’ll be the adventure of any lifetime you can imagine, and Skydive Chicago is making them an achievable reality for a select few! On just three dates — June 2, July 7th and August 4th — reservations for a high-altitude tandem skydive will be made available for just nine jumpers per day to skydive from a whopping 20,000′.
So what are the differences between skydiving from 13,500’ and 20,000′? Make no mistake — to reiterate — high-altitude skydiving is an adventure. No joke!
Norge Roi cranes his neck to take in the spreading flurry of canopies overhead. It’s early Friday evening at Skydive Chicago—mid-September—and the sudden mosaic of colorful fabric against the fading sunlight signals the last load of the day.
We see your long hours, your tired feet, your infinite patience. We know about the poor tippers, short staff, the grueling hours and the weeks without a day off. We get it, working for the public is hard. Being a part of the service industry is tough work. There are good days and bad days, dealing with the public is sometimes uplifting, often heartbreaking.
Seeing the same customers day in a day out is both good and bad, the boredom of the same-old-same-old balanced by the goodness of having a tribe. The upside is the opportunity to make someone smile, the simple act of treating a customer with kindness makes the world a better place. Sometimes you have to dig deep to find the gumption to stay positive.