Chicagoland Glider Council

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The ChicagoLand Glider Council CLGC, is a non-profit organization of approximately 300 members which was formed in 1937. The council has a long history of dedication to the advancement and safety of soaring (motor-less) flight. The Council is the umbrella organization of several soaring and glider oriented clubs within the Chicago area with membership extending into Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. The "host" glider clubs which directly fund the CLGC through their club dues are; Chicago Glider Club, Sky Soaring Glider Club and Windy City Soaring Association.

The Council collects dues which are used for four primary purposes.

  • Host off season monthly evening meetings (November through March) on various aviation and soaring related topics.
  • Host a bi-annual day long conference and seminar with nationally known speakers and vendor participation.
  • Provide youth grants for student glider pilots between the ages of 14 and 21. Selection is based on a written essay and via recommendations from instructors.
  • Represent the Council's membership in matters of the Federal Aviation Administration, Soaring Society of America, Chicago Department of Aviation, and other governing bodies.

The Council is a charter member of the Soaring Society of America.

For more details on the council, schedule of events and other information, see the ChicagoLand Glider Council web site.


The historical information below was taken from, with kind permission, Images of Aviation – Soaring and Gliding – The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Area written by Jeffery Sandman and Peter Sandman and published by Arcadia Publishing.

As early as October 1936, an informal soaring meet was held near Benton Harbor, Indiana [Sic], with members of four glider clubs participating. It led to the formation of the ChicagoLand Glider Council, a not-for-profit organization intended to encourage motorless flying by sponsoring regional contests, setting soaring records, and aiding sailplane construction. Headed by German-born Chicagoan Joseph P. Steinhauser and Bob Blaine, the editor of the Air Bubble, the mimeographed publication of the council, the group was very active in meets at Frankfort [Michigan] in 1938 and 1939. In February 1939, they sponsored a Winter Get-Together and Soaring Forum at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago, with Frankfort’s Stan Corcoran and Ted Bellak as the guest speakers. About 200 pilots attended. In November of that year, they hosted a meet at Benton Harbor.

— Jeffery Sandman and Peter Sandman, Images of Aviation – Soaring and Gliding – The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Area