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Learn to sail at Chicago's premier sailing school

Located on the water in the heart of downtown Chicago, Columbia Sailing School is the perfect location to start your sailing adventure! From breaking the ice in the spring to the first snow at the end of the fall, each season, we welcome hundreds of students of all ages and ability levels to learn and advance their sailing skills while enrolled in one of our many courses. Our dedicated US Sailing certified staff promotes the US Sailing Instructor’s responsibility for safety, fun, and learning. Join us on the water in 2023!

*Multi-Week discounts will be applied at checkout.

2023 Youth Registration Coming Soon!

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 through donations and fundraisers to provide opportunities for children in the greater Chicago area to participate in our programs, and to 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” and may be sent directly to:

Columbia Sailing School

111 North Lake Shore Drive

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 the administration of its education policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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