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3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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May 2018

A License In A Week

May 18 @ 4:00 pm - May 27 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until November 30, 2018

An event every month that begins at 4:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until November 30, 2018

Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Learn to Skydive from the best and get your USPA 'A' license in a week.  The Advanced Freefall Program (AFP) at Skydive Chicago™ is an exclusive instructional program originally developed in 1984 by Roger Nelson. AFP has evolved over the years into the most progressive and complete curriculum used in the skydiving world today. The AFP curriculum has inspired USPA’s requirements for self-supervision, thus producing more competent and confident skydivers. Unlike with other programs, AFP graduates have excelled in all…

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A-License Club

May 19 - May 20
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One event on May 19, 2018 at 12:00am

One event on June 23, 2018 at 12:00am

One event on July 21, 2018 at 12:00am

One event on August 25, 2018 at 12:00am

One event on September 15, 2018 at 12:00am

One event on October 13, 2018 at 12:00am

Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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A License Club is a unique opportunity to ease yourself into the sport of skydiving. We understand that the hangar can be daunting and the idea of approaching others to jump is sometimes not as easy as it seems. Skydive Chicago will be hosting ‘A’ License Club weekends throughout the season. Led by local organizers. Days will be filled with briefings, dirt dives and jumps focusing on different techniques. And there will be goofy dives to mix things up! We invites…

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10-Spot

May 19 - May 20
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One event on June 23, 2018 at 12:00am

One event on July 21, 2018 at 12:00am

One event on August 25, 2018 at 12:00am

One event on September 15, 2018 at 12:00am

Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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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…

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AFP Packing Class

May 23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until September 19, 2018

Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Parachute packing class for AFP Students and A License in a week students.  You will be in class with other students learning how to pack, practicing your own packing techniques, and finally jump your own pack job. This class takes 4 to 6 hours. Register for this class.

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Community Cookout

May 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on May 24, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on June 28, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on July 26, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on August 23, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on September 20, 2018 at 6:30pm

Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Hey Cougar Campground, AFP students and Fun Jumpers! The Community Cookout is tonight!  We like to have a pot luck style night with all sorts of different foods for everyone.  Bring something to grill, your favorite drinks and a smile. SDC/Eat Up will provide a hot grill for everyone. We usually meet under the pavilion in the campground unless otherwise noted. We will see you there!

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Water Training

May 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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One event on September 28, 2018 at 5:00pm

One event on August 31, 2018 at 5:00pm

One event on July 20, 2018 at 5:00pm

One event on June 29, 2018 at 5:00pm

One event on June 11, 2018 at 5:00pm

Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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What: Water training is a pre-requisite needed for your USPA B-License. Where: Done in our swimming pond by an instructor. Bring: Logbook, swimwear, towel Cost: $10 Register: Give us a call in the office, 815-433-0000

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Skydive Chicago’s Memorial Day Boogie

May 26 - May 28
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Skydive Chicago is hosting it's annual Memorial Day Boogie on May 26-May 28. This weekend marks the beginning of our peak season and kicks off the many events we have in store for the 2018 season. Throughout the holiday weekend we are offering tandem skydives at only $189 per person. *Advanced reservations are required to qualify for discounts. This is also the official opening of the Tiki Hut! Organizers: *TBD Prizes: *TBD Registration: FREE

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MWSL Meet #1

May 26 - May 27
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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June 2018

AFP Transition Class-FREE

June 1 @ 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until November 30, 2018

One event on July 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Learn to skydive on your own! Skydive Chicago is offering a solo skydiving ground school. This class if for anyone that may be interested in jumping solo. Two tandems are required before your first solo jump. Class goes from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Class then resumes the next day on Saturday at 8 a.m. to finish up. You will then do you first solo jump. Call to reserve to reserve spot today, 815-433-0000!

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E.J.E.C.T. Safety Training

June 2 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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One event on April 7, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on May 5, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on June 2, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on July 7, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on August 4, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on September 1, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on October 5, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on November 3, 2018 at 8:00am

Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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You can never practice your emergency procedures too much. EJECT (Experienced Jumper Emergency Cutaway Training) is a monthly review course for all experienced jumpers to get together and go over emergency procedures. Get hands on and go over all the procedures in the hanging harness. Experience cutting away your own rig, bring your rig and we can set it up for you. One of Skydive Chicago’s S&TAs or instructors will be helping you go over the procedures and answer any…

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Celebration and Car Show For The Kids

June 3 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Come out to our annual event set to CELEBRATE our families! Kid's activities, Car Show for the Kids presented by The Auto Inspector, Skydiving, Food, Raffles, Beer, Music and MORE!

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USPA Coach Course

June 4 @ 8:00 am - June 7 @ 5:00 pm
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Tired of your job, ready for career change or just want to give back to the sport? It’s time for the next step. Skydive Chicago will be hosting Angie Argon from uspacourses.com for a coach course this year at Skydive Chicago. Sign up now and push yourself to the next level! Must be a current USPA member, 18 years old, USPA B license or higher and a minimum of 100 jumps. For more information and pricing visit www.uspacourses.com/coach-course. Dates: June…

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VERTICAL ELITE TRYOUT CAMP

June 8 - June 10
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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This is the last chance to earn an invite. Camp #9 will take place at Skydive Chicago. Lead by Rook and Jason Russel. Registration will take place just prior to the camp and the camp fee is $50 per day. Don't miss your last chance.

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Vertical World Record Tryout Camp

June 8 @ 8:00 am - June 10 @ 5:00 pm
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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The Vertical Elite are a group of skilled head down flyers that push the limits to what is possible. By having this mindset we are able to unite and accomplish great things. Everyone is welcome to put the hard work in to join the team. We will be holding Tryout Camps at the end of 2017 and continuing on into 2018. Dates, locations, and camp organizers can be found at the Vertical World Record web page located here: www.skydivechicago.com/vwr Click…

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Flight Essentials Canopy Course

June 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on June 8, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on July 20, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on August 31, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on September 14, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on October 12, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on June 11, 2018 at 8:00am

Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Begin in a classroom where you will learn about Canopy Flight, which includes: Wing Loading, Canopy Maneuvers, Harness Inputs, Landing Patterns, Setup Techniques, Understanding the Vertical to Horizontal Transition, and Landing Techniques. Afterward, you will begin making Hop&Pop jumps, putting your new canopy skills to work. Return to the classroom after every jump for group video debriefs. Need to work on your accuracy? Need to meet your B license requirements? Thinking about down sizing? Trying high performance landings? This course…

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AFP Transition Class

June 15 @ 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until November 30, 2018

One event on July 27, 2018 at 4:00pm

Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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$50

Learn to skydive on your own! Skydive Chicago is offering a solo skydiving ground school. This class if for anyone that may be interested in jumping solo. Two tandems are required before your first solo jump. Class goes from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Training resumes the next day on Saturday at 8 a.m. with a review and preparation for your jump. You will then do your first solo jump. Book Now.

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Skydive Chicago’s Homecoming Weekend

June 16 - June 17
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Are you missing your SDC family?   Skydive Chicago is more than just a dropzone, it's a community. In our over 20 years of business we have graduated nearly 1,000 AFP students, forever changing their lives as skydivers. We know that as life goes on, priorities change but SDC stays with everyone. We are inviting all AFP graduates from every year, whether your are a current or former skydiver, to come join us for the 2nd annual SDC Homecoming weekend.…

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SDC Rhythm XP’s 10-16 Ways with Andrew Happick

June 23 - June 24
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Who: Skydivers who have experience in successful 10+ way formation skydives. This can be a great opportunity for skydivers who are looking to expand their experience with larger formations. This event will also be great for any skydiver who enjoys formations of this size, as there will be slots that will challenge the more experienced jumpers of the group. What: A weekend of formation skydiving with skill building, fun, and exciting 10-16 way formation skydives. We will plan on 7-9…

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Night Jumps

June 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on July 14, 2018 at 8:00pm

One event on August 25, 2018 at 8:00pm

One event on September 15, 2018 at 8:00pm

One event on May 26, 2018 at 8:00pm

Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Maybe you have never tried it or you need it as part of a license requirement, whichever the reason, sign up in manifest before 5pm the day of the jump and experience flight in a different light! Requirements: *Must sign up by 5pm on the day of scheduled night jump. *You must have a B License or higher to participate in night jumps. *Glow sticks or appropriate lighting (Strobe) *Glow-in-the-dark or lighted altimeter *Clear goggles/visor *Must complete at least one…

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SkyVan Weekend

June 29 - July 1
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One event on August 31, 2018 at 12:00am

Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Skydive Chicago's new SkyVan will be here all weekend for everyone to enjoy! Take advantage of the weekend and jump out of one of the most fun planes out there.  Make sure to be here and join in all the fun!

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July 2018

Skydive Chicago’s Freedom Fest 2018

July 6 - July 8
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Skydive Chicago’s Annual 4th of July Boogie. When: July 6th-8th, 2018 Registration: FREE On Saturday, July 7th, we will have our famous firework show. Bring the family out, grab your blanket, and meet us on the lawn at dusk. The night will be dazzling with UFO jumpers and fireworks. After the show, join us at the Tiki Bar as we enjoy the night! Throughout the holiday weekend, July 6th-8th, we are offering tandem skydives at only $189 per person. *Advanced…

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All-American Invitational Featuring Doug Barron

July 6 - July 8
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Rhythm’s All American Invitational is back for its third year!! The 2018 All-American Invitational will once again be formation loads all weekend! The mission is to build a high level event where skydivers from all over the world are challenged to create intricate formations as part of multi-point sequential jumps. The event will be capped at 40 participants this year once again so get your applications in soon! 2018 will continue the tradition of bringing in a guest Organizer to…

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Freedomfest Two Plane Shots with Roger Ponce

July 6 @ 8:00 am - July 8 @ 5:00 pm
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States

Join Roger Ponce for 2-plane formation loads at the best 4th of July Boogie anywhere!   -Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 8   -Planning 12-15 jumps at 15,000 feet   If you are an experienced belly flyer and would like an opportunity to be invited on these jumps contact T. J Hine at tj@hinephoto.com $65 Registration Fee

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Fireworks Show

July 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Join us for a night of amazing fireworks as we celebrate the Holiday Weekend.  The public is welcome.

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Skydive Chicago’s Mid-Season Safety Day

July 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Where: Tiki Hut When: 7:30 PMDon’t let pre-season safety day be the only time that you do an in-depth safety review. Mid-season Safety Day gives everyone a chance to review safety in the midst of the season and bring up those questions that you may not have had earlier in the season. Free Admission.

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Big Ways with Roger Ponce and T.J. Hine

July 22 @ 8:00 am - July 27 @ 5:00 pm
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States

The Experimental Aviation Association has invited the Eagles to return to Oshkosh for AirVenture 2018. What: A team of 100 skydivers will do three massive big-way demos above and into the airshow on one day. Who: A team of 100 gifted, talented and highly-experienced big-way skydivers who can perform exceptionally well in the most challenging of settings – with 150,000 people watching. Leadership for the event will be provided by Jim McCormick, Louie Tommaso, T. J. Hine, Roger Ponce and…

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Big Ways with Roger Ponce and TJ Hine

July 23 - July 27
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Skydive Chicago’s Summerfest 2018

July 28 - August 5
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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That's Right! Summerfest is back and it's going to be an incrdible time with old friends and new. This year will feature new events, new bands and a few other surprises as well. We are still squaring away the details of this legendary event and we will keep you updated as The Boogie of Boogies gets closer. One detail we can share is that the Vertical World Record will not be held during Summerfest this year. We know that long…

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August 2018

Skydivers Over Sixty 100-Way Record

August 11 @ 8:00 am - August 14 @ 5:00 pm
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States

This is the one…The BIG ONE, for SOS. Organizers Rick Poplinger, Roger Ponce, and T. J. Hine, are putting together an elite and old group of skydivers from east to west for a SOS 100-way Record The team will meet at Skydive Chicago August 11 – 14, 2018. Roger Ponce has designed dives that will prove challenging but achievable. All members must have a current POPS membership and an SOS membership (http://www.thepops.org). We plan 17 jumps at 18,000 feet msl…

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Skydive Chicago’s Vertical World Record 2018

August 13 - August 17
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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The Vertical Elite are a group of skilled head down flyers that push the limits to what is possible. By having this mindset we are able to unite and accomplish great things. Everyone is welcome to put the hard work in to join the team. We will be holding Tryout Camps at the end of 2017 and continuing on into 2018. Dates, locations, and camp organizers can be found at the Vertical World Record web page located here: www.skydivechicago.com/vwr Click…

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MWSL Meet #4

August 18 - August 19
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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SDC Rhythm XP’s Intro to 4-Way with JaNette Lefkowitz

August 25 - August 26
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Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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September 2018

Skydive Chicago’s Rookiefest 2018

September 29 @ 8:00 am - September 30 @ 5:00 pm
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Skydive Chicago's 9th Annual Rookiefest! This is the Nationals for beginning skydivers! All rookie skydivers from any dropzone are welcome to participate in this 3-way scrambles style competition. Teams change each round based on a random draw, but will always include one experienced ‘coach’ (members from SDC Rhythm XP, SDC Core, Rook Nelson and more!). Scores will be judged by an officially rated judge and prizes are awarded to the top three individuals. The winner will take home a Rookiefest…

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October 2018

Skydive Chicago’s Halloween Party

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Join us for our annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 27th!   One of the most creative and fun events of the year is sure to impress with another night of amazing costumes and fun. Dressing up is not required but greatly encouraged. Show your Halloween spirit and come to have some fun!   Eat Up will be serving dinner before the games begin. Shortly after the games, our costume contest will begin. Jumps and other prizes will be given…

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November 2018

End of The 2018 Season

November 25
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Thanks to everyone for an amazing year!  We will be officially closed until the start of the 2019 Season. See you all soon!

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December 2018

Skydive Chicago Christmas Party

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Skydive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350 United States
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Come enjoy Skydive Chicago’s 2018 Christmas Party and Awards Ceremony. AFP graduation certificates will be presented to all 2018 graduates and a 2018 AFP class photo will also be taken. Additional awards will be presented to the Most Improved Skydiver, Skydiver of the Year, and Freak Brother of the Year. We will also be showing the Skydive Chicago Year End Review, highlights of this year's activies.     Event Details:   Date: Saturday, December 1st, 2018   Location: Skydive Chicago…

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