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WMS Boathouse at Clark Park

Chicago Rowing Foundation (CRF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1998 with a grant from the U.S. Olympic Committee to make sweep rowing (crews of 4 or 8) accessible and available to students throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. CRF boasts a nationally ranked high school program, a growing middle school program, a recreational program for adults, and a nationally ranked adult Masters competitive team.

CRF believes the community deserves a whole-person approach to programming. Through our introductory programs, we give new rowers the tools to live a healthier life, and the chance to gain confidence through strength and focus. For the more competitive Junior rowers, CRF coaches take a comprehensive approach to the physical, mental and social well being of their athletes. Rowing is a sport that demands cardiovascular strength, precise teamwork and mental focus, and our coaches cultivate these hardworking athletes into successful individuals and thus, winning teams. Our adult Masters program gives new and experienced rowers the chance to compete, or simply stay on the water for recreation.

Our home, the Chicago Park District’s WMS Boathouse at Clark Park is the premier rowing center in the city, with year round training and facilities unmatched in the region. Through our partnership with the Chicago Park District, CRF provides low-cost community programs in addition to our existing recreational and competitive teams.

In 2017, CRF expanded its vision to also include the Western Suburbs, starting a branch of the team in Burr Ridge, IL, which rows on the Des Plaines River.

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Video produced by Leigh Jones, Boomthrift.

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Spring Registrations Now Available!

02/06/2020, 1:15pm CST
By Laura Mikels

Click here for High School Registration for city and western suburban locations:


Click here for the Competitive Masters team: Spring registration coming soon!


Click here for the Recreational Masters team: Spring registration coming soon!


Click here for the Middle School team: Spring registration coming soon!

National Signing Day 2019

11/19/2019, 9:30am CST
By Chicago Rowing Foundation

Congratulations to the following for committing to row in college!

Mary Jaskoviak - Ohio State University

Ashley Cotter - University of Pennsylvania

Thora Hornewer - University of Washington 

Ingrid Brast - University of Southern California 

Ashley Martin - Creighton University

Ainslie Evans - University of Michigan 





For more information about our programs, please contact:

Maida Wallin
Chicago Rowing Foundation
Executive Director, Team Management and Youth Development
773.495. 4523 |

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