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Skydive Chicago

Average Rating: 4.87
4.87 out of 5 based on 39 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)  (19421 Hits)

Last Updated: 2015-11-12
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 13000 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 30-Aug 7) and the FAI Mondial World Championships of Parachuting (Sep 9-23).
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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The Total Skydiving Resort

Skydive Chicago Rated 5 by: cassella on 2016-08-10

Pros: Great facilities, professional staff, and a small air force.
Cons: Most jumpers are members of established teams.

Skydive Chicago is an impressive organization from the facilities to the staff and the aircraft. I stopped there on a weekday after a big weekend and the operation was functioning flawlessly. My observation was that most jumpers were part of established teams so it would behoove visiting jumpers to travel there in a group.
(Review ID:9131)

Glad I stopped by

Skydive Chicago Rated 4 by: liloz on 2016-06-18

Pros: Super nice facilities
Cons: Not many RW flyers

This was stop #2. I left CSC thinking I could make a sunset load but was shut down well before sunset. It happens. I was met by a fella that showed me were I could camp. Same gentleman found me in the morning to let me know the hanger was open.
I was a little disappointed to not find any belly flyers and I had to do a solo jump if I wanted to go. Doing a solo is just a little boring, but the view made up for it.
I left after one jump with no one to jump with, but the same young man that had already found me a place to camp brought me into the open hanger worked his tail off to find someone to jump with. As I was packing up he did but I had already made my decision to take off.
Only had three people in the place come over and talk to me which was a little disappointing after my last experience. But overall very nice place I would go back but with a friend.

(Review ID:9069)

Spoil yourself with a great location and service.

Skydive Chicago Rated 5 by: DownWindDan on 2015-09-18

Pros: Staff goes beyond their duties to help and encourage you to achieve your goals
Cons: Shower house could use a little work. Other than that the place is perfect.

AFP was so great I stayed another week and completed my B-license. Great community. Jump all day and get to know the staff at night. Tiki bar and eat up make you never want to or need to leave the DZ.
(Review ID:8909)

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)

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