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. 

To join ROW you must attend a ROWpen House or coordinate a time to meet with Kathleen Behner, ROW Operations & Outreach Coordinator: or 773.620.3258

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.

I was intrigued by how ROW was presented to me – a place for support without self-pity. Even though I was interested in joining, it took me a few months to reach out to ROW, partly, I think, because I would have to put myself out there as a cancer survivor.
— Elizabeth, ROW Member


Current Practice Schedule

All athletes on the ROW team have the opportunity to workout 7 days a week with ROW.


Indoor Schedule (November - April)

During the winter months the entire team is indoors on indoor rowing machines (called ergometers, or ergs for short). Though subject to change, the indoor options available to ROW members last year were as follows:

Mondays 7 am @ Bluprint Fitness

Mondays 6:00pm @ Eleanor Boathouse

Tuesdays Community Class, 5:30pm @ Eleanor Boathouse

Tuesdays 6:30pm @ Northshore Fitness Studio

Wednesdays 7 am @ Bluprint Fitness

Wednesdays 6:00 pm @ Eleanor Boathouse

Thursdays Community Classes, 5:30 pm  @ Eleanor Boathouse

Fridays, 6 am, 7 am @ Bluprint Fitness

Saturdays 8:30 am @ Northshore Fitness Studio

Sundays 8:30 am @ Eleanor Boathouse

Outdoor Schedule (May thru October)

The following is the schedule for the practices we hold on the water:

Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 pm, Novice practice @ Eleanor Boathouse

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 pm, Masters practice @ Eleanor Boathouse

Sundays, 8:00 am, Masters practice @ Eleanor Boathouse

Sundays, 10:30 am, Novice practice @ Eleanor Boathouse

**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**

Addresses and details for these practices

The Eleanor Boathouse is a Chicago Park District building located in Bridgeport at 2828 S Eleanor St (Chicago, IL 60608). Though there is a small parking lot on premises, street parking is free and easy. We encourage anyone parking on the street to park on the Boathouse side of the street to allow for easy parking for our residential neighbors.

Bluprint Fitness is located at 1828 W Hubbard St, Chicago IL.

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.  

Next Steps

1. With all this programming how can you get involved? Great question. Every month we hold a ROWpen House for prospective members to come check out who we are, what we do, and why we do it. You're invited! Check out our ROWpen House Calendar for the upcoming ROWpen House and it's related registration form.

2. Unable to make any of the ROWpen Houses? Call or email our Outreach Coordinator, Kathleen. Her information is listed below.

3. Please don't hesitate to call or email us with any questions or concerns. You may visit our FAQ page for more info.

We hope to hear from you any which way to help get your ROW journey started!

Kathleen Behner                                                                          Devlin Murdock
Operations & Outreach Coordinator                                           Programs Manager
1200 West 35th Street                                                                 1200 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609                                                                      Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 620-3258                                                                           (203) 610-0246