Membership Opportunities

From sportsmanship to friendship, from our ships to yours, there's always so much to do and get involved in at the Chicago Yacht Club. While the Chicago Yacht Club is dedicated to our on-the-water membership groups: racing sail, cruising sail and powerboat; we also have an ardently active volunteer base and social event calendar. You do not need to own a boat to join the Chicago Yacht Club! 

We offer sailboat, paddle board and kayak rentals for our members. When you become a member you are invited to meet and learn from fellow power and sail enthusiasts; take lessons at our Sailing School for adults and juniors,  on a committee and socialize with friends and family on land or in the waters of Lake Michigan and beyond.

Applying for a membership at Chicago Yacht Club requires a current member sponsor in good standing as well as endorsements by three active members. If you are not acquainted with a current member, our Membership Director can facilitate an introduction. Prospective members are also required to meet the Admissions Committee for membership endorsement. More information on the application process and requirements is available upon request.

  • Regular
    • This membership class offers the member and their immediate family, including children under the age of 22, full access to the Club and amenities at both Monroe and Belmont Stations. In addition, any household member receives the member rate on marine education courses.

  • Associate
    • Associate Memberships are perfect for young professionals under the age of 40. This membership allows you to enjoy all the perks of the Club as your career and family continue to grow. Initiation fees and dues at this level are scaled appropriately based on your age.

  • Junior
    • Junior Members under age 21 receive a tremendous advantage on Sailing School tuition. Juniors also have access to the Club for lunch or dinner after sailing.


We’re excited to have you on board! To begin your voyage with Chicago Yacht Club please contact our Membership Director at or call (312) 861-7761 to complete a membership application.

Once your application is complete, our Admissions Committee will invite you to a luncheon to learn about your on the water interests and tell you more about our incredible Club. Following your Admissions Luncheon, the Board of Directors will formally vote on your membership approval. Once the Board has approved and the initiation fee is paid, your account will be activated so you can enjoy everything Chicago Yacht Club has to offer. The application process takes approximately 3-4 weeks.

Thank you for completing a membership inquiry form for the Chicago Yacht Club. We look forward to getting you some additional membership information and an application to our historic Club.

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Make the Chicago Yacht Club your 'home away from home' on the water.

Learn more about our next Prospective Member Reception on Sunday, February 9 at Monroe Station from 11 AM - 2 PM. 

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