There are no legal BASE jumping locations in Illinois at this time. It's likely there are many locations which meet the required criteria for a BASE jump but we have not found any which were legal. The nearest location to legally jump is at the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia. "Bridge Day" is hosted by Fayette County on the third Saturday of every October. On this day BASE jumpers can legally jump for 6 hours weather permitting.
The Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, Colorado offers BASE jumping during a 3 day event hosted by the Go Fast Games. Go Fast! hosts this event to allow experienced BASE jumpers the opportunity to jump legally. The event caters to BASE jumping and bungee jumping. Unfortunately, participation in this event is by invitation only. It appears the games have been suspended for now but we hope to see this event again shortly.
Another option is the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho. This is the perfect location for enthusiasts as it's the only place in the United States to jump year round without a permit.
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