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Skydive Chicago

Average Rating: 4.89
4.89 out of 5 based on 36 user reviews

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Skydive Chicago (8N2)
Lat: 41.3997778
Lng: -88.7939167

3215 E. 1969th Road
Ottawa, Illinois 61350
United States

815 433 0000
815.433.6806 (fax)  (16493 Hits)

Last Updated: 2013-10-24
3) Super Otters, 2) Grand Caravan, and the token Cesna

Training: AFF, S/L, Tandem

AAD: Not Required

Hook Turns: Allowed

USPA Membership: Required

AFF: 195 USD
Tandem: 219 USD
Video: 119 USD
Jump Ticket: 25 USD to 13500 ft


Skydive Chicago has been setting the standard for skydiving excellence for 20 years and is just getting started. Located just off Interstate 80 in Ottawa, IL, SDC is a 220 acre private playground for adventure seekers equipped with camping space, cabin rentals, RV hook-ups, Eat Up Deli, free WiFi, swimming, disc golf, volleyball and some of the most world-class skydiving amenities available. We operate full-time Mid-March through early December with a fleet of Grand Caravans and Twin Otters and play host to some of the largest events in the skydiving industry such as SummerFest (July 27-Aug 4) and the USPA National Championships of Skydiving (Sep 11-24).
We offer professional services for everyone from the first-time tandem jumper to world champion level teams. Skydive Chicago is also the recent recipient of 15 DZ Awards including: Best Large Dropzone, Best Food, Best Staff & Manifest, Best Load Organizing, Best LO - Rook Nelson, Best Packing Area & Amenities, Best Packers, Locals, & Vibe, Best FS, Freefly, and Novelty Jumps, Best Boogie - SummerFest, and Runner-Up for Best Canopy Activities.
Contact us today to have a skydiving experience second to none!


  • Gear Rentals
  • Gear Sales
  • Rigging Services
  • Covered Packing Area
  • Creeping Area
  • Team Rooms
  • Video Rooms
  • Coaches
  • Load Organizers
  • Accuracy Tuffet
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Bar
  • Bunkhouse
  • RV Hookups
  • Camping
  • Showers
  • Pool

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Most Recent Videos

Havin' fun in 06' pt1 Havin' fun in 06' pt1 Havin' fun in 06' pt2 Havin' fun in 06' pt2 Havin' fun in 06' pt3 Havin' fun in 06' pt3 Summerfest 2008 Chicago!!! Summerfest 2008 Chicago!!!

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Best "Large" DZ I have jumped at

Skydive Chicago Rated 5 by: SkydiverShawn on 2013-10-11

Pros: Everything you could want
Cons: Nothing at all

This is quite simply the best large DZ I have been to.

The Nelsons have provided everything a skydiver could want in one convenient place. RW, Freefly, Wingsuit flying, Big Ways etc...this place has it all!!! The experience of the other experienced jumpers far exceeds that of any other DZ in the Midwest. The staff is professional and courteous.

The DZ has great camping, food/drink at the Tiki Hut, a pond for fishing and swimming. The area has plenty to do off the DZ as well.

Oh, and don't forget Summerfest! Best Boogie ever.

(Review ID:8237)

The best DZ in the world!

Skydive Chicago Rated 5 by: rigoton95 on 2012-10-02

Pros: Everything!
Cons: I have to take a plane to get there... hehe No cons!

Skydiving paradise! Everything there was make for us the skydivers and is simply the best place in the world to have fun, learn and become a great skydiver in the world! SDC rocks my friends!
(Review ID:7652)

Big airplane, big hanger, big landing area.

Skydive Chicago Rated 5 by: Bealio on 2012-07-23

Pros: Hot manifest girls
Cons: Hot manifest girls are slow

The facilities are beautiful. This is what you picture a dropzone to look like before you ever went to a drop zone. I was hoping the place would be more busy on weekdays.
(Review ID:7489)

this place can be life changing

Skydive Chicago Rated 5 by: scottayerSDC on 2011-02-23

Pros: Everything you ever wanted in skydiving and more
Cons: It's addictive

I did my Tandems and AFP at SDC right before they moved to their present location. Everyone knows by now that the place is a resort that would be a great destination even if you weren't a skydiver. A person can go from never having flown in a plane to jumping out of one in a few short hours. Over the years I have taken it so much farther than that. What you have to remember is that fun can be a lot of hard work and if you apply yourself you can go far. I attained my pilots license with the help of SDC. I acquired almost all of my gear and almost all of my jumps in trade for work. I reached the 500 jump mark without actually paying for a jump since jump 20 something because of barter. I became a coach and then a tandem master. Giving someone else that first time experience is amazing. Now at 1500 jumps I can't stress enough that Anyone can get to this level it's not that hard. I have participated in dozens of demo jumps and a lot of them paid me. I have jumped over soldier field and intentionally landed in Lake Michigan. I have jumped from a helicopter and flown with a Jeep Commander to land with it and ride in it to display it to the media and Chrysler execs. and then made ESPN's top ten plays of the day. I received my pyrotechnics license with the help of SDC and all I wanted to do was blow off a couple of professional fireworks. Now I run both fireworks shows each year at SDC. I have participated in the UFO jumps. I have jumped from hot air balloons, bi-planes, many different jump planes and helicopters. I have made tons of friends and amazing memories. I wasn't any different from anyone else coming to SDC for the first time. With a little effort you can transform yourself and choose from many different options available with the help from SDC. Yes anyone can do this. I have read some of the reviews and most people get it. This place is an adult playground. You can go to wallmart the YMCA or even your local church and get some of the same experiences that SDC has...but nothing comapres to the fun that is within reach at SDC...nothing. People that live anywhere close to this place, and dont go to it, just dont understand what they are missing. I have used this place to generate maximum fun for myself and I urge everyone to do the same. Pick whatever level of SDC you want and go for it.
(Review ID:6245)

Top notch training and safety, amazing facility

Skydive Chicago Rated 4 by: travrois on 2010-04-01

Pros: Great facility
Cons: None

Got my A license here and jumped for several summers. First off: I've never seen anyone take safety for granted here especially the employees. The AFP program is great and I'd highly recommend it especially for students who still have doubts well after their first AFP classes. I think there could be more integration to being a non-student jumper once one gets their A license.

Summerfest is a blast and worth the trip.

(Review ID:5634)

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