IFC membership continues to be the best fencing value in the Chicago area. Only $350 for a full year of fencing -- about $30 per month.

Members have an opportunity for 2 1/2 hours of open fencing Monday and Thursday evenings, 3 hours of open fencing Saturday morning, and qualify for discounts on class fees.

Membership Fees: The membership year for the Illinois Fencers Club (IFC) is August 1 through July 31, the same period as the United States Fencing Association (USFA).Membership fees as follows

  • Individual adult membership: $350 ($200 after February 1)
  • Youth & full-time students: $180 (High school and full-time college students).
  • Family: $450
  • Floor fee for nonmembers: $15 per visit
  • Fencing equipment:
    • Mask, glove, jacket, nonelectric weapons available at no charge
    • Electric equipment rental: $5 per day

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Club Hours
Sunday CLOSED Most local USFA Tournaments are held on Sunday
Monday 5:00 - 9:00pm Classes, lessons

7:30 - 9:50pm

Open fencing, all weapons

9:50 - 10:00pm clean up
Lights out at 10:00pm
Tuesday 5:00 - 9:00pm Classes, lessons   Clean up when finished
Wednesday CLOSED    
Thursday 5:00 - 9:00pm Classes, lessons

7:30 - 9:50pm

Open fencing, all weapons

9:50 - 10:00pm clean up
Lights out at 10:00pm
Friday CLOSED    
Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm Classes, lessons

10:00am - 1:00pm

Open fencing, all weapons

Clean up when finished

Note that classes and open fencing times overlap. Check with instructor before using class strips for open fencing.

Members and Guests are expected to adhere to IFC Values when on club premises.

Fence Safely: Inspect your equipment for safety before fencing. Fence with full protective gear and under control at all times.

Be Courteous: Salute your opponent before the bout and salute and shake hands after the bout. Show respect for yourself and others in action and words, foul language will not be tolerated.

Share space: When fencers are waiting, limit your time on the strip to 10 minutes or one 15-touch bout (winner can stay up for one more bout).

Share clean up: Members and guests share the tasks of rolling out rubber mats and setting up electrical scoring equipment. Fencers are expected to volunteer to roll up rubber mats and store scoring equipment on vacant strips before they leave. Club fencing jackets should be returned to hangers after use. Scoring equipment should be stored neatly and with care in the equipment locker. Lights out at 10:00 pm.