Chicago Sprints

  • Jul 12, 2014 To Jul 13, 2014
  • sprint
  • 1000
  • Chicago, IL (USA)
  • Hosted By Lincoln Park Boat Club
  • 2016 Registered Regatta

The Lincoln Park Boat Club is the oldest facility in Chicago that provides boats, classes, and a range of competitive training opportunities for men's and women's rowing, sculling and kayaking. It all began on June 8, 1910, when four smaller boat clubs - the Catlin, Union, Iroquois, and Chicago Rowing and Canoe Club - joined forces to build our current boat house and launching facilities.

To demonstrate support for the sport of rowing, the Chicago Park District donated the site for the boathouse, and the newly formed Chicago Boat Club financed the construction. The boathouse was designed by one of the country's earliest and most important landscape architects, Ossian Cole Simonds. An early proponent of the 'middle-western' movement, Simonds (1855-1931) designed college campuses, arboreta, estates, parks and Graceland Cemetary in Chicago. Constructed with the same stone facing and materials used to build the Fullerton Avenue bridge erected that same year. Although the bridge has since been replaced, the Boathouse stands in much the same architectural condition as when it was built. We continue to rent the facilities from the Park District, with equipment and accessories supplied by the club.