Learn To Row on the Chicago River!

Event Category

Fitness & Wellness

Note: This is a multi-session event series. By purchasing the event package, you acknowledge that you can attend all event dates included below.
Event Overview

Challenge yourself... meet new people... all while you learn the fun and exciting sport of rowing. We row on the beautiful Chicago River so you'll get a unique view of nature! In just eight fun sessions you will make new friends, learn to row, get a bit more fit, and have a great time. Register today for Chicago Rowing Union’s spring Learn-to-Row classes and be a part of an inclusive team whether you’re looking to enjoy a recreational activity or seeking competition. Our fun, social, yet challenging program offers something for everyone - including those with little or no experience. Rowing is a low impact sport so it is appropriate for almost every ability and age. Our limited class size ensures that you get the personalized instruction you want and need.

All classes are held at the Dammrich Rowing Center located on the Skokie/Evanston border. Easily reached by car (with plenty of free parking), public transportation, and we have lots of bike racks. All you need is a full water bottle, workout attire, and a sense of adventure!

All programs are adult, sweep rowing programs for men and women ages 18 and up. No prior experience is expected and all are welcome. The first class of each session will be indoors on rowing machines (ergometers). The second class will be indoors in a rowing simulation tank room. The remaining 6 classes will be outdoors on the water, weather permitting. The objectives of CRU's Learn To Row program are to learn basic rowing form, technique, terminology, and safety. When on the water you will be in a boat with 7 other rowers where the coach will guide the team to row by pairs, fours, sixes, and (possibly) all eight.

Space in each class is limited so register soon to reserve your seat.

There are a variety of sessions and times available. Classes taught by professional coaches in a supportive and safe environment. Check us out!

SESSION A - Saturday & Sunday

  • 8:00am - 9:50am

  • April 22, 23,

  • May 2, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21

SESSION B - Saturday & Sunday

  • 10:00am - 11:50am

  • April 22, 23,

  • May 2, 6, 7, 14, 20, 21

SESSION C - Monday & Wednesday

  • 7:00am - 8:50am

  • May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15,

  • 17, 22, 24

Additional sessions will be added as needed.

CHECK US OUT AT: www.chicagorowingunion.org

EMAIL US WITH ANY QUESTIONS AT: membership@chicagorowingunion.org

What to Bring

Bring a full water bottle. Attire should be fitted athletic wear and athletic shoes. Avoid long tops and loose bottoms.

What's Provided

Ergometers (indoor rowing machines); indoor rowing tanks; rowing shells & oars.

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • Rowing
  • Inclusive
  • Early Bird Discount
  • Safe
  • Low Impact
  • Men and women
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CRU employs several coaches so here is a sampling of two of our coaches:

Kate started her rowing career as a freshman in high school with Riverfront Recapture Inc. in Connecticut. During her time with Riverfront, she coxed a boy's youth 4+ to a top ten finish at the Head of the Charles and gold at the Head of the Schuylkill, as well as a women's 4+ to a master's national championship in the Open 4+. She also served as captain of the high school team. She continued her coxing career at the University of Wisconsin. During her four years there, she coxed a lightweight 8+ to a second place finish at the Charles and coxed the Openweight 2V8+ at NCAAs. She served as a captain, received Student-Athlete of the month, and was on the board of two Student-Athlete organizations (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Student-Athletes Equally Supporting Others). In addition, she won a lightweight national championship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology. Kate began her coaching career at Loyola Academy, as the head Novice Girls coach and assistant Varsity Girls coach. She joined the CRU coaching team in 2015.

Abigail joined the University of Alabama Women's Rowing Team as a true novice her freshman year of college. From the moment she got in the boat, she knew she had found my sport. During her time at Alabama, she rowed as a starboard five seat. Her favorite races that she ever participated in are Head of the Hooch and Knecht Cup. Abigail returned to Illinois in 2014. She has coached both the development and competitive teams at Alliance Rowing Club, and now is a coach for CRU.