FAQ

How does your club work and how do I become a member?
We are an all-volunteer organization, which allows us to keep membership and boat rental fees at a low level. We offer a full array of courses taught by vol...
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 8:17 PM
What are the service requirements? Do I need to complete them in my first year?
Sail Chicago has been an all volunteer organization since the beginning. We require members to contribute to the organization via an annual service requirem...
Sun, Jan 27, 2019 at 12:17 PM
When does annual membership begin and end?
The annual membership runs for the calendar year, January 1 to December 31. Usually members can renew their membership by the third week in January.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 7:53 PM
Do you offer dual membership or household membership?
Yes, dual membership is available to people living at the same address.  The cost for a dual membership is currently $300. Please contact our membership coo...
Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 6:23 PM
What are the benefits of membership?
Membership benefits include: discounted Sail Chicago (US Sailing-certified*) instruction classes, access to free sailing opportunities through Tiller Time a...
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 7:53 PM
I'm not a member. Can I rent a boat for the day?
As a 501C3 non-profit organization, our primary mission is to teach sailing to the Chicagoland community. Unfortunately, we can only offer private rentals t...
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 8:26 PM
What are the boat rental fees?
The cost structure for the boats are below. Additional information is located on the Membership page of our website.  Time slot Ideal 18 Rhodes 19...
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 8:35 PM
What is the fleet like? How easy is it to reserve boats? How much does it cost?
Our fleet consists of (2) Ideal 18s, (2) Rhodes 19s, (7) Colgate 26s, and (2) cruising boats, an '84 Hunter 34 and a '94 Ericson 34.  Members who ...
Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 5:38 PM
If I take a class as a non-member, can I upgrade to full membership afterward?
Of course! If you decide that you'd like to be a Sail Chicago member after your class, you can pay the $125 upgrade fee. 
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 8:15 PM
Where can I park?
If you're looking for parking close to the Sail Chicago dock meeting point, the closest option is the Millennium Park Garage located to the west. It&#x...
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 7:44 PM