Quantum Sails Chicago

Address:

524 West 26th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
USA

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Phone

Main: 312-225-0801
Fax: 312-225-0804

Hours

Monday–Friday
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Weekends by appointment

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About Quantum Sails Chicago

It’s one thing to make exceptional sails, but at Quantum Sails Chicago we go even further by making your challenges our own. With superior and personalized customer service, our sail consultants are with you every step of the way as loyal advisors, friends, and fellow sailors.

In our Service Department, we provide a full range of professional sail care and repair services for sails and canvas – from simple repairs to precise sail re-cuts. The first step for any project is an understanding of your needs and an evaluation in order to provide you with an accurate, up-front estimate of time and cost.

Because of our unique geographical location, we service several states, covering the southern end of Lake Michigan up to Muskegon, as far south as Tennessee, north to Wisconsin and Minnesota, and west to Missouri and Iowa. At distant locations, Quantum offers pick-up and drop-off services in cooperation with local marine providers or can help arrange shipping from your location. Contact a member of our service team at (312) 225-0801 to discuss your needs.

Services Include

  • Multipoint Inspections
  • Sail Repairs
  • Annual Sail & Canvas Maintenance
  • Sail Removal & Installation
  • Sail Pick-up & Drop-off
  • Sail and Canvas Washing
  • Canvas Waterproofing
  • Sail Mildew Removal, Mitigation and Prevention
  • Same Day/Overnight Repair Services
  • Precision Sail Recuts
  • Sail Conversions
  • Sail/Hardware Upgrades
  • New Canvas
  • Rigging

Meet Your Quantum Team

At Quantum, we’re connected to sailors everywhere by our love of sailing and the belief that facing a challenge head on is infinitely rewarding. With a desire to serve and problem-solving approach, our local team is dedicated to being a trusted resource for all your sailing needs. We look forward to earning your business.

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Keith “KC” Church grew up in Rhode Island and spent his youth sailing on everything from 70’ Schooners to 18’ Skiffs, including yachts that he built at Narragansett Shipwrights. An avid frostbite sailor, he raced Sunfish and Penguins, and continued frostbiting in the Laser and Vanguard 15 fleets when he moved to Chicago in 1983.

An active participant in Chicago’s yacht racing community, KC started the Chicago International Wooden Boat and Sail Boat Show, which was held at Navy Pier. He has extensive knowledge of marine hardware and its application, and was instrumental in the development of Crowley’s Yacht Yard’s retail business for nine years. KC has a long-running relationship with boat builders on the East Coast, and was Marketing Director at eSailing Yachts, builder of the e33 33’ day sailer.

In 2009, KC decided to explore another side of the sailing industry and joined Quantum Sails Chicago. With more than 40 years of marine industry experience, he’s always focused on helping his customers get the most from their boats, sails, and sailing experiences. At Quantum Sails, he continues to provide the best service and products to help his customers achieve their goals.

“As your Quantum Sails contact, I have access to some of the most talented people in the industry,” said KC, “as well as being empowered to customize and supply my friends and customers with extremely durable and well-designed products to fit a variety of budgets.”

BASIC INFO
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Sales Manager
  • Current Town: Chicago

Andy first set sail before he could walk, sailing on his father’s Tartan 10 out of Montrose Harbor. He’s been addicted ever since. Andy grew up racing a mixture of keelboats and one design dinghies throughout Chicago and the Midwest, twice winning the Midwest Junior Sailor of the Year award. He continued sailing in college with the University of Rhode Island sailing team.

After returning to Chicago, Andy spent a few years working a traditional office job and sailing on the weekends. It wasn’t long, though, before his passion for sailing drew him out of the office into the industry. He pursued Quantum Sails because of their forward thinking and strong racing record.

Andy is passionate about helping sailors get the most out of their boats, whether racing or cruising. Of working with Quantum, he says, “Quantum has a great record of promoting the sport of sailing. I look forward to working with the company to grow the sport in Chicago.”

Andy continues to enjoy an avid sailing career in Chicago and can be found on the lake almost any day of the week. He currently owns a Vanguard 15, but can also be found on a number of boats, including Tartan 10s, J/70s, Beneteau 36.7s, and Beneteau 40.7s.

BASIC INFO
  • Position: Sail Consultant
  • Current Town: Chicago
Career highlights
  • 2014 – T-10 Boat of the Year, 1st BOUY, 1st overall
  • 2013 – Offshore Verve, 1st in class, 1st overall
  • 2013 – Chicago NOOD, 1st
  • 2007 – Chicago-to-Mackinac, 1st

Sam Keys grew up sailing on Green Bay and northern Lake Michigan. His dad, a racer, took Sam along when he was a kid, and he’s been sailing ever since. He followed in his father’s footsteps and started racing. He discovered a passion for shorthanded distance racing, and has earned quite the reputation as a competitor, including a 2015 sweep of the Solo Port Huron to Mackinac Challenge as the first to finish, first in class, and first overall.

Sam knew in high school that he wanted a career in the marine industry. He attended the Great Lakes Boatbuilding School in Cedarville, Michigan and did yacht maintenance and restoration for some highly-respected companies. “I love working on boats and being around boats,” said Sam. “When boat building and repair jobs were getting scarce, a sailmaking job came about and I jumped on it in order to stay in the field.”

That started six years of sail making, which led to work as the production manager at another sail loft. With his sailing and marine trade background, Sam is more than qualified to provide sail modification, service, and consultation to the Chicago and southern Lake Michigan communities. As the Service Manger at Quantum Sails Chicago, Sam strives to produce the best products possible while providing top-quality service, saying the support from he receives from the company, along with the high quality of products they produce, make that possible.

BASIC INFO
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Service Manager
  • Current Town: Chicago
Career highlights
  • 2015 Solo Port Huron to Mackinac Island Race, Youngest to win 1st Overall
  • 2015 Transsuperior Race, 1st in Doublehanded Class
  • 2015 Bayview Yacht Club Long Distance Race, 1st Overall
  • 2014 Bayview One Design Regatta, 1st PHRF 1
  • 2013 Solo Chicago to Mackinac Race, 2nd in Class and President’s Cup (Fastest New Challenger)
  • 2009-2013 The Hook Race, 1st in Doublehanded Class, 1st Overall (2012)
  • Many other top-quarter finishes in shorthanded races, including Bayview to Mackinac Race, Queen's Cup, and multiple Lake Michigan Singlehanded Society Races