Membership Renewal


4 Easy Steps to Renewing

your Smelts Membership:

1. Renew your Chicago Smelts membership. 

You can choose monthly or annual (20% savings) payment. Membership fees are non-refundable. 

When you register, you will be charged the monthly or annual fee immediately.

Thereafter, monthly memberships will automatically renew on the first day of every month and charge your card on file until you notify us in writing you would like to cancel your account.

Annual memberships will automatically renew every 12 months on the first day of the month and charge your card on file. For example, if you join on November 15, you will be charged immediately for the current year, and then you will be charged every December 1 until you notify us in writing you would like to cancel your account.

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2. Renew your United States Masters Swimming membership. 

USMS provides our general liability insurance during practices. Every person in the pool at Gill Park and Jones College Prep, including the coaches and lifeguards, needs to be a member of USMS or this liability insurance is voided. 

Sign up with these affiliations:

LMSC: Illinois
CLUB: Illinois Masters (IM)
WORKOUT GROUP: Chicago Smelts (CHSM)

3. Pay the Gill Park Team Sports fee. 

The Chicago Park District charges a $35 seasonal, somewhat quarterly, fee for "Adult Team Sports." This fee may only be paid in person, not online. You can register/pay in person with cash or credit card at the Gill Park Recreation Center front desk Monday-Friday, 2-8pm. 

4. We encourage all swimmers to familiarize themselves with our Swim Practice Etiquette.


2018 Membership Fees

We offer three types of membership.


$260 annual ($52 savings over monthly dues)

$26 monthly


$210 annual ($42 savings over monthly dues)

$21 monthly


$30 for swimmers who register for USMS meets as a Chicago Smelt, but do not attend our practices.


Chicago Smelts on Facebook

Be sure to join our Facebook group! This is a great way to interact with other members, share swimming-related stories, make plans for social events or swim meets, and stay up-to-date on announcements. It's a closed group, so be sure to request to join and we will approve once your registration is complete.