Skydive Chicago isn’t really located in Chicago, being about a 90 minute drive from Millennium Park, my personal zero milestone for the city. But the “skydive” part certainly is accurate, with planeloads of jumpers climbing into the sky seemingly every few minutes. I was in Chicago to shoot an assignment for a regular client of mine, and managed to spend a weekend with old friends I hadn’t seen in many years. One of my friends’ sister had decided to make her first jump that weekend, so we all headed out to the single runway airport Skydive Chicago uses as their base to watch and support her.
From being strapped into the harness, to getting instructions from her tandem instructor, seeing her chute in the sky, and her joyous victory dance after landing, to watching her and my friends watch the helmet-cam video of her jump, it all looked like a ton of fun, and left me wanting to try it sometime very soon. Next time I’m in Chicago . . .