Skydive Chicago’s team is dedicated to excellence in customer service, facilities, and safety. Setting the standard through an evolving culture where goals become achievements, moments become memories, and friendships last forever.
2021 Jump Prices
- Lift Tickets (13,000) – $27.00 each
- Hop-n-pop (4,500) – $27.00 each
- Gear Rental – $45 per jump plus Lift Ticket
- Package includes 50 jumps and two $25 tandem bonus vouchers
- Monthly memberships includes all the jumps you can do in the purchased calendar month.
- Package includes 100 jumps and two $25 tandem bonus vouchers.
Please note that the following is required when jumping with us:
- You must be 18 years of age or older.
- You must be a current member of the USPA holding an ‘A’ license or higher.
- International jumpers must have USPA membership (temporary memberships available) and your country’s A-license equivalent or higher.
- You must have a current logbook. An electronic version such as a ProTrack will work as well.
- You must have a reserve packing card for each rig you wish to jump in-date per FAA 180-Day requirements.
- AAD’s ARE REQUIRED AT SKYDIVE CHICAGO.
If you need a recurrence jump according to USPA license regulations, please call ahead of time to insure instructor availability.
Landing out and Hazards
Fox River (Red)
- Located EAST of the dropzone. (outlined in red)
- All banks surrounding the Fox River are NOT ideal for landing. They are uneven and forested, resulting in high turbulence.
- You should decide as early as possible (2000ft or higher) if you will not be able to land on this side of the river AND find an alternate landing area.
- If you must land east of the Fox River, safely fly yourself east towards HWY 71. Give yourself enough altitude to locate an open field for landing and turn into the wind. There are no roads or boats to pick you up between the Fox River and HWY 71. You will need to walk to HWY 71 for us to pick you up.
Horse Farm (Shaded Purple)
- Please avoid landing here if you can do so safely.
- Avoid the horses if you can do so safely
- If you must land at the Horse Farm, upon landing STAY PUT! DO NOT MOVE AROUND! We will come to pick you up. Startling the horses may result in the horse injuring themselves.
- These horses are VERY EXPENSIVE! Failure to follow the rules will result in a $350 fine, and you will be held financially responsible for any injuries to the horses and/or damage to the property.
Corn/Soy Bean Fields
- If you land in a corn/soy bean field be careful not to damage any plants. Follow the rows to the end of the field to exit.
- These fields are our neighbor’s livelihoods. Please be as careful as possible. If any significant damage occurs, please inform manifest so we can compensate the field owner appropriately.
Quarry (Light Blue)
- The quarry is located directly north of the dropzone. It is a large tan/grey spot.
- DO NOT land here!
High Voltage Power Lines (Yellow)
- These power lines are located to the north of the dropzone and run East/West.
- The height of the power lines is about 70 feet, and they carry high voltages.
- Turbulence may be caused at any time without warning. However, with proper knowledge and avoidance you can reduce the chances of having an incident due to turbulence.
- East wind days at Skydive Chicago tend to be the most turbulent. Wind coming off the bluff, trees, and hangar can cause undesirable landing conditions. However Skydive Chicago has a large landing area in which their are other locations to land that will not be affected as much.
- The map located to the right is just a guideline. The effects of turbulence may be prevalent outside the area presented on this map. Please use caution and make safe choices on where to land.
Landing Areas and Procedures
- Always a left hand pattern if altitude permits and can be done safely
Separated Landing area (Blue)
- Landing areas are separated by a line from the wind sock east until the taxi way. (refer to map)
- Main Landing area
- Less than 1000 jumps should land south of the line.
- Do not fly over the 1000+ jump area under 1000ft.
1000+ jumps and Tandem Landing Area (gold)
- If you do not have 1000 jumps, do not land here unless necessary for a safe landing.
- Very turbulent on East wind days
- High performance turns are allowed here. Low man has right away.
- Keep your eyes open. Please use extra caution while landing in this area
Swoop pond CLOSED (Purple)
- The Swoop Pond is permanently closed for swooping.
- Area surrounding the swoop pond can be used as an alternate landing area
- Do not walk across tarmac when coming back to the hangar.
Crossing the Runway
- Skydive Chicago is a private airport. Non-skydiving traffic is rare. Pilots should know skydiving is in progress. Still use caution when crossing the runway.
- Try to not cross the runway under 1000ft. On north landing days this is quite difficult. Be vigilant of traffic if crossing under 1000ft.
- Please do not fly under 1000ft at the end of the runways.
- If crossing the runway on foot, please look both ways on the runway and the horizons. If an aircraft is approaching you should be at least 20ft from the runway, contain your canopy, and take a knee so the pilot knows you see them.
- Landing direction is determined by jumpers in the loading area. Please be there on the 5 minute call to be informed of the landing direction.
- Follow the landing direction the load has pre-determined. Do not chase the windsock. A downwind or crosswind landing is far better than a canopy collision
- When multiple planes are flying, landing direction is set by staff. It is important that EVERYONE knows if the landing direction has changed.
Load Organizers, Teams & Development Programs
SDC Rhythm XP
SDC Rhythm XP is a 4-way RW team dedicated to becoming the top team in the world and helping other skydivers develop their skills and grow their love of the sport. In 2019 they finished 1st at the USPA National Skydiving Championships and are currently training for the World Meet in 2021. You can further review their achievements via their website. Rhythm offers wind tunnel coaching and workshops, player coach team training, and team coaching. Catch them all season long at Skydive Chicago. They will be organizing at Summerfest 2020 as well as hosting both a 4-way and 8-way FS workshop.
SDC Core is a 4-Way VFS team who have been together since 2014! The current line up includes Jason Russell, Stephanie Strange, Dusty Hanks, Rook Nelson, Sam Lendle and our newest addition Johnny Gunn!
A challenge based system aimed at improving overall freefly skills. A skydiver’s myth buster! Each month, a group of 10 flyers will be given a set of dives to engineer and successfully complete. This team environment will be led by World Champion and DZO Rook Nelson. Rook will challenge the group with technical jumps pushing everyone’s skill level. A challenge might be, “Is it possible to perform 10 points without everyone taking the same grip?” Another might be, “Is it possible to fly a 3-way round through a 7-way round?” Rook will look to the group to come up with challenges of there own as well. There is NO registration for this event but you must email email@example.com to be put on the ‘list’. To participate in 10 Spot you must be able to take docks on your head and while sit flying.
Expanding upon our popular ‘A’ License Club we have created the 8N2 Club! This year will be organized by experienced and welcoming local Zibby Alexander! Identifying a need for jumpers with 25-250 jumps to make friends, have fun, and increase their skills, the club is focused on beginner to intermediate dives. Each club ‘meeting’ will have a dedicated organizer, aiming to do 5-6 jumps per day, with flexibility for participants to join in one or join in them all. There is no registration fee, just show up and pay your jump ticket!
USPACourses.com is a traveling ratings school founded by Angie Aragon. The company prides itself in being both professional and experienced Skydiving Instructors and Examiners. Their knowledge base comes from working at some of the largest and most premier dropzones, Skydive Perris and Skydive Chicago and with the mentorship and support of Skydive University and the Women’s Skydiving Leadership Network.