Recovery on Water welcomes all survivors of breast cancer to join our team. 

No rowing experience required.

All ages, all stages or treatment and recovery.

We are a community that promotes exercise and support. 


Joining row

While the sport is both technically and physically challenging, rowing is also accessible, safe and fun. Many of the survivors we serve consider ROW® the silver lining of their breast cancer diagnosis. By joining ROW you get to join a great team of women that support each other while they get fit, fight back, and have fun.

Current Practice Schedule: 

All athletes on the ROW team have the opportunity to workout 6 days a week with ROW, indoors and outdoors.

Indoor Schedule

Monday mornings, 7 am @ Bluprint Fitness

Tuesday nights Community Classes, 5:30pm and 6:30pm @ ROW Headquarters

Wednesday mornings, 7 am @ Bluprint Fitness

Thursday nights Community Classes, 5:30pm and 6:30pm @ ROW Headquarters

Friday mornings, 7 am @ Bluprint Fitness

Saturday mornings 8:30 am @ Northshore fitness with Coach Taylor (ARC)

**Please note that the Community Classes are open to everyone in the community and operate on a first come, first served basis. Survivors and non-survivors alike are welcomed to the class**

Outdoor Schedule

Monday evenings, 6pm, Masters practice @ the ROWing site

Tuesday evenings, 6pm, Novice practice @ the ROWing site

Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm, Sculling with ARC @ the Dammrich Rowing Center

Wednesday evenings, 6pm, Masters practice @ the ROWing site

Thursday evenings, 6pm, Novice practice @ the ROWing site

Sunday mornings, 8:30am, Masters & Novice practice @ the ROWing site

Addresses and details for these practices

ROW Headquarters is located at inside the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 West 35th Street, Chicago IL. Please email us prior to your first visit to ROW Headquarters, we want to make sure we know the first time you're coming to ROW.

Bluprint Fitness is located at 1828 W Hubbard St, Chicago IL. If you would like to attend a workout here please email us beforehand so we know to expect you.

Alliance Rowing Club (ARC) is a partner program we work with twice a week. Indoor ARC practice will take place at Northshore Fitness, located at 905 Ridge Road, Wilmette, IL. 

ARC outdoor practices take place at the Dammrich Rowing Center, located at 3220 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60076

Our outdoor ROWing site is located at 2500 S Corbett St. We have carved out a 2 acre section of what is otherwise an industrial lot. Please follow the directions below to get yourself to the site safely. These directions may necessarily differ from any directions used by plugging the ROWing site address into Google Maps or a GPS device. We have made changes to the site that allow us to enter and exit via a direct gate as opposed to transversing the part of the property that we are not using and may otherwise be dangerous for us to drive or walk across.

Driving from the North Side:
Take 90/94 East and get off at exit 52C toward 18th St. Stay straight as you merge onto S Union Ave. Use the right lane as you turn slightly right onto Canalport Ave. Make the first left at the light onto S Halsted St. Take Halsted over the River, past the entrance to the helicopter tours place and make a right onto S Archer Ave. Proceed straight on Archer past the Halsted CTA stop. Make a right immediately after the Manga Fresca restaurant parking lot onto S Hillock Ave/S Senour Ave. You will proceed under the train tracks on a very poorly maintained street to the front gate of our rowing site. Once through the gate, park perpendicular to the fence closest to the train tracks.

Driving from ROW HQ:
Turn left out of the Art Center parking lot onto Racine Ave. Take Racine to W 31st St and make a right onto W 31st St. Take W 31st St to S Halsted St. Make a left onto S. Halsted St. Take Halsted to S Archer Ave and make a left onto S Archer Ave. Make your first right after the Halsted CTA stop and the Manga Fresca parking lot onto S Hillock Ave/ S Senour Ave. Proceed under the train tracks on a very poorly maintained street to the front gate of our rowing site. Once through the gate, park perpendicular to the fence closest to the train tracks.

Using CTA:
Take your public transportation vehicle of choice to the Halsted CTA stop. With your back to the Halsted CTA stop, make a right and head south on S Archer Ave. Make the next right after the Manga Fresca parking lot onto SHillock Ave/S Senour Ave. Be careful walking through the underpass as the street is poorly maintained and your teammates/coaches may be arriving at the rowing site by car.

Please try and attend as many indoor workouts as you can! This will help you learn the rowing stroke,  build muscle memory, and meet new survivors from all the squads. 

If you need a ride to practice or transportation is an issue- please let us know. Based on where you're coming from, we may be able to arrange a carpool for you to join. 

Next Steps:

1. Come to a practice! Email Coach Devlin today to learn about the best practice to attend first. 

2. Enjoyed your first couple of workouts? Fill out our online membership form to officially join ROW and we can contact you about getting started. 

3. Call or email us with any questions or concerns. Want to learn more before you submit your information? Visit our FAQ page here,  contact us, come to one of the next ROWpen Houses, contact us!

Devlin Murdock
Operations & Programs Coordinator
Recovery on Water
(203) 610-0246
devlin@recoveryonwater.org

Jenn Gibbons
Executive Director
Recovery on Water
(312) 505-3568
jenn@recoveryonwater.org