Welcome to the Chicago Smelts
Celebrating 25 Years - 1988-2013
The Chicago Smelts is Chicago's predominantly gay and lesbian U.S. Masters Swim Team, encouraging fitness, friendship, community, and competition through swimming. Membership is open to everyone including gay-friendly straight swimmers. The team currently has a roster of over 120 swimmers from around the Chicago area and includes athletes of all abilities ranging from former college superstars to triathletes to beginners.
Our Mission Statement
As a mostly gay and lesbian swim club belonging to Illinois Masters Swim Association (ILMSA), the Chicago Smelts foster an atmosphere of camaraderie where swimmers of all abilities and speeds can participate in organized team workouts, train, and compete. Through social events and community service the team aims to promote personal growth and pride for all its members.
U.S. Masters Swimming
The Chicago Smelts are part of of the Illinois Masters Swimming Association, the regional group of United States Masters Swimming. The Chicago Smelts regularly participate in local Masters swim meets throughout the season and some of our Smelts compete in the annual Masters Swimming National Championships.
Gill Park Recreation Center
Over the past 20+ years the Chicago Smelts have developed a great relationship with Gill Park Recreation Center. We participate in the Gill Park Advisory Council, attend Chicago Park District meetings in support of Gill Park and its programs, donate pool equipment, and raise money to support the Gill Park Gators youth swim team and other local community organizations.