Learn to sail at Chicago's premier sailing school

Located where the heart of downtown Chicago meets the water, Columbia Sailing School is the perfect location to start your adventure! From the heat of the summer to the first snow at the end of fall, each season we welcome hundreds of students of all ages and abilities, learn and advance their sailing skills, while enrolled in one of our many courses. As US Sailing Certified Instructors, our staff is dedicated to promoting the US Sailing instructor’s responsibility for safety, fun, and learning. Come join us on the water 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 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 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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