Quantum Sails Chicago


524 West 26th Street
Chicago, IL 60616


Contact this loft


Main: 312-225-0801


Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Weekends by appointment

New sails

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.

Choose a Team Member

Todd Basch

A born traveler, Todd Basch—"Basch"—went to Alaska for work and adventure following high school on the East Coast. Winter pending, he flew to Hawaii for its warmth, and found sailing. Or sailing found him. Crewing charter trimarans in the substantial seas between the islands established the foundation of his love of sailboats. Continuing his travels, he worked for a sailing charter company in St. Thomas, maintaining boats and escorting charterers, and at the end of the season joined a crew to deliver an Ocean 71 to Southampton, England. Following another season, Basch joined the crew of the Harvey Gamage to deliver the vintage schooner to Gloucester, Massachusetts.

A passion became a livelihood when Basch worked in his first loft in San Francisco in 1986. Since then, he has worked in lofts in Florida, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Antigua, France, and England. Attracted by the size and complexity of mega yachts, Basch became a specialist in super yacht sail construction and installation. He trimmed main for the one and only race of M5, the largest sloop in the world. He raced a vintage 12 Meter at the America Cup Jubilee in 2001, and has sailed in both the Bermuda and Halifax ocean races.

"Quantum combines the sophistication of grand prix technology with a commitment to the practical needs of day sailors and ocean cruisers on every size of boat," says Basch. "The company's depth of experience and devotion to sailors inspires solutions for every client.

I have had the privilege of building sails for and sailing with all kinds of sailors in all kinds of places. The first order of business with any sailor is to understand their boat and their sailing preferences. Sailboats are personal. At its best, my range of experience opens my mind to the needs of a particular sailor."

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Loft Service Manager
  • Current Town: Chicago
Ethan Wheeler

Ethan Wheeler was born in Palatine, Illinois, but moved to Wisconsin when he was a child. He was introduced to sailing by his father, who took Ethan and his siblings sailing on a Hobie 16 when they were young. Ethan did not take a liking to it and remembers being the first to complain. But when he was 16, Ethan sailed solo for the first time on a Sunfish, and he discovered a new love for the sport that’s remained since.

Ethan moved back to Chicago when he was 18 and attended the University of Illinois Chicago where he graduated with a degree in computer science. Not sure how sailing would fit into his busy school schedule, Ethan consulted one of his professors who happened to be an avid sailor. They devised a strategy, and Ethan headed to the Quantum Chicago loft, beginning work there on a part-time basis in 2021 and absorbing as much information as he could. Following a few conversations with Quantum’s Todd Basch, Ethan became certain that this was the path he wanted to pursue.

In Chicago, Ethan races in various types of boats, most recently concentrating on the J/70's. He participated in the Davis Island Yacht Club 2 and 3 regattas this last winter season. Now that he has completed his college education, Ethan aims to become more actively engaged with the J/70 fleet.

Ethan is currently a Junior Sail Technician and salesperson at the Chicago loft. "Being employed at Quantum gives me the opportunity to acquaint myself with various aspects of the sailing community in Chicago and beyond, fulfilling my passion for sailing. It serves as a reminder that my knowledge of sailing and sailmaking is limited, which pushes me with enthusiasm to acquire more understanding in these areas."

Basic info
  • Position: Sail Technician, Salesperson