The Chicago Park District is reclaiming the Chicago River as a major system of parks and water-based recreation for all Chicagoans with the creation of four new boathouses and river launches. The first two boathouses opened in 2013 at Ping Tom and Clark Park.  The third location at River Park was completed in 2014. The forth planned boathouse is at Park 571 (28th & Eleanor), and is projected to be complete in the fall of 2016.

The sites were chosen to line up with improvements the Chicago Department of Transportation is making to extend trails along the river, providing easier and more consistent river access for runners, bikers, and walkers. The boat houses will each contain a concession facility and will serve both as access points and attractions along the river.

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WMS Boathouse

WMS Boathouse

Location Notes: 3400 N. Rockwell St.

Hours: , ,

Facility Phone: (773) 248-3966

Park: Clark (Richard) Playlot Park

Park No. 571 Boathouse

Park No. 571 Boathouse

Location (Park): 2828 S. Eleanor Street

Hours: , ,

Park: Park No. 571

Park: (773) 823-9135

Descriptors: Free Lot Parking

Ping Tom Boathouse

Ping Tom Boathouse

Location Notes: Enter at 300 W. 19th Street

Park: Ping Tom Memorial Park

Park: (312) 225-3121


Has river access. Water taxi stop April - October.  Kayak rental:  REI

Descriptors: Has Restroom


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