Bringing Rowing to the community

Chicago Rowing Foundation has always strived to make rowing as accessible as possible to Chicagoans, and now to the Western Suburbs, regardless of age, race or socio-economic status.

In partnership with the Chicago Park District, CRF provides community programs at WMS Boathouse at Clark Park that propel our mission forward by providing greater opportunities for Chicagoans to learn about rowing and the benefits associated with the sport. CRF also started a team on the Des Plaines River in Burr Ridge, IL in 2017 to expand the vision of making rowing accessible to all into the Western Suburbs.

In addition to our competitive teams (juniors and Masters), CRF is proud to introduce community programs to include: learn to row, learn to row in a tank, and adaptive rowing, plus others! Whether you want to become fit with one of our land-based programs, or learn to row and see the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers from the vantage point of a rowing shell, we have a program option available for you.

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Learn To Row Classes

Are you interested in learning to row? This is the perfect class for you. Join us for five sessions on the beautiful Chicago River learning the basics of the rowing stroke. No prior experience is necessary.

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Learn to Cox Classes

The coxswain is one of the most important people in a sweep boat. They steer the boat and are a set of eyes for the rowers since they are rowing backwards.

CRF staff will teach you all you need to know to learn to cox for FREE. Upon completion of the learn to cox class, you will be eligible to cox for any of the Master's teams (rec or competitive)

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Private Learn to Row Classes

Do you have your own group of at least eight individuals that want to learn together? Simply contact Maida Wallin to set up your individualized rowing class with a minimum of one session, that meets the time and dates that are most convenient for you.

Classes are conducted out of the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park boathouse and offer an unparelled experience as you see the Chicago River from the vantage point of a rowing shell.

Adaptive Rowing

Chicago Rowing Foundation is proud to offer adapative rowing programs at WMS Boathouse at Clark Park. Adaptive programs started during the 2013/2014 Winter Season. By making a few adjustments to our current rowing equipment, we are able to make accommodations to give individuals with a cognitive or physical disability the ability to row. An individual does not need to adapt themselves in order to row; we just adapt the equipment!

Special equipment is used for individuals with disabilities in order to make boats, ergs and indoor tanks more adaptable to their specific needs. Whether you have a cognitive disability such as autism, or you are a quadriplegic amputee, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Open Erg Sessions

Open erg sessions are available every day for qualified individuals to work out on the erg- indoor rowing machines. This time is offered for individuals looking for non-coached erg time to improve their technique, train for a race or just get a good work out.

Individuals must be pre-qualified by CRF before using the ergs during open erg time (if you are already an active member on a CRF team you are considered pre-qualified). A $25 fee will be charged for qualification.  Once qualified, individuals can drop in to an open session when available.

To set up a qualification class, contact Maida Wallin at maidawallin@rowchicago.com or 773.495.4523