Learn to sail at Chicago's premier sailing school

The Columbia Sailing School is located in a prime location in the heart of downtown Chicago. Each season, hundreds of students learn and improve upon their sailing skills while enrolled in one of our many course options. We cater to all ages and ability levels. Our staff is comprised of US Sailing Certified Instructors who promote the principles of safety, fun and learning in all of our classes. Come join the fun in 2021!

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Our Mission

"Columbia Sailing School, shaping stewards for our waters"

Check out US Sailing's Reach Program in action at Columbia Sailing School!



Columbia Sailing School is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Community Sailing Organization located in downtown Chicago. Each year, Columbia Sailing School uses funds raised in order to provide scholarships for children in the greater Chicago Area to participate in our programs, as well as to update and maintain our equipment, keeping in line with national safety standards.


Besides our annual "Raise the Sail" fundraiser, Columbia Sailing School solicits donations directly from individuals, families and organizations who share a passion for sailing and marine education. Please consider making a donation or including Columbia Sailing School in your estate planning.

Donations to Columbia Sailing School may be made by check payable to Columbia Sailing School. Donations by check may be sent directly to Columbia Sailing School at:

111 North Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL 60601


Gifts to Columbia Sailing School, a 501(c)(3) Organization ID #47-3706487, are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Non-Discriminatory Policy


The Columbia Sailing School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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111 N. Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60601

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Tel: 312-938-3625 x123


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