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WMS Boathouse at Clark Park

WMS Boathouse at Clark Park

Today is the rebirth of the Chicago River, the Second City's second shoreline. CRF has been proud to call the Chicago River our home since 1998, using Chicago's backyard as a national training ground for up and coming rowers through the excellence of our programs and coaches.

Through a partnership with the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago, the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park will be one of four new boathouses built along the banks of the great Chicago River. 

CRF is excited to call WMS Boathouse at Clark Park home through the generous support of both public and private funding. The sight of crews launching from the Clark Park docks, with the magnificent boathouse in the background will create a powerful testimony to our vibrant and revitalized Chicago River.

The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park has been thoughtfully designed by Jeanne Gang, FAIA, and her firm, Studio Gang.

Field House Hours

Day Time
Monday 6:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday 6:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday 6:00am-8:00pm
Thursday 6:00am-8:00pm
Friday 6:00am-8:00pm
Saturday 6:00am-8:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm

From Studio Gang:

As the City of Chicago works to transform the long-polluted and neglected Chicago River into its “next recreational frontier,” Studio Gang’s two boathouses on its north and south sides will help catalyze this movement—creating key public access points along the river’s edge and providing facilities where the city’s youth rowing teams can develop their athletic and life skills.

The design for the boathouse structures translates the time-lapse motion of rowing into an architectural roof form. In addition to providing visual interest, this form also offers spatial and environmental advantages. With structural truss shapes alternating between an inverted “V” and an “M”, the roof achieves a rhythmic modulation that allows southern light into the building’s upper clerestory. The clerestory glazing warms the floor slab of the structure in winter and ventilates in summer to minimize energy use year-round.


Equipment and Rental Opportunities

The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park can be rented by qualified teams and individuals during specified hours. For more information on the specific rental areas, please see below.

Indoor Rowing Tank Rental

Chicago's only indoor rowing tank will be availabe for private rental usage by pre-qualified teams and individuals year-round. This Dynamic Propulsion indoor rowing tank, convertible from sweep rowing to sculling is the only one of it's kind in the United States. The tank can accommodate 16 sweep rowers in the outside channels, or 8 sweep rowers or scullers in the center channel.

If you are a team looking to rent the tank, rental fees start at $100/hour. The rental fee for the tanks and erg room starts at $125/hour. Contact Joey Harris to reserve a space at joseph.harris@chicagoparkdistrict.com or 773.248.3966.

If you would like to schedule a private lesson in the tank for at least 8 people, rental fees start at $100/hour for the tank and $50/hour for a coach. Contact Betsy Trevarthen at btrevarthen@rowchicago.com or 312.636.1239.

Indoor Erg Room Rental

The erg room can be rented out to qualified teams and individuals for use of CRF's ergs. There are 48 Concept 2 ergs available for use. Rental opportunities are available year-round.

Erg room rental price starts at $35 per hour to qualified teams and individuals. Rental price depends on renting part or all of the erg room.

To rent the tanks and erg room, the fee is $125/hour. 

The erg room can also be used as a private party space. For more information about renting the erg room for a private party, please contact Joey Harris at joseph.harris@chicagoparkdistrict.com or 773.248.3966.

Community Room Rental

WMS Boathouse at Clark Park will offer a Community Room, which is available for private rental usage for $50/hour. Rental opportunities are available year-round.

For more information about renting the Community Room for a private event, please contact Joey Harris at joseph.harris@chicagoparkdistrict.com or 773.248.3966.