Chicago Sprints Regatta

July 10 – 12, 2020

Since 1910, Lincoln Park Boat Club has hosted competitive rowing regattas at the Lincoln Park lagoon and for the last 40 years, those competitions have centered on the Annual Chicago Sprints Regatta.

The Chicago Sprints is one of the largest competitive regattas in the region, drawing junior, collegiate and masters athletes from throughout the Midwest. The regatta regularly hosts more than 1,000 athletes, fielding entries from more than 25 clubs drawing from states across the country. It is attended by hundreds of spectators who line the 1000-meter course situated between Lake Shore Drive and the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Chicago Sprints features 1,000-meter, side-by-side, Henley-style racing. Recently, the Chicago Sprints was expanded to three days of racing.

Given the format of the event, there are a limited number of races we can hold each day and thus we must limit the number of entries in each event. LPBC appreciates our participants and works hard to accommodate as many rowers/events as possible.

Registration information

Entries open in early-May and can be made via RegattaCentral.

We’re expecting this year’s regatta to be in high demand, just like in years past. The total entries to the regatta will be capped at around 400 boats (precise number will be determined based on the schedule and entries). In order to secure an entry, we encourage crews to enter as early as possible. If an event is full, you can still join the waitlist and you’ll be notified as soon as a spot opens up. Paying for your entry promptly before June 20 is the only way to secure your place at the regatta. Credit card payment directly through Regatta Central is preferred and is the quickest way to secure your place. Check payments will also be accepted via mail.

After the initial entry deadline on June 20, the Regatta Committee will add waitlisted crews to increase the capacity of key events where demand is highest, such as 4+ and 8+, and 2x. To facilitate this process, any unpaid entries will be scratched and replaced with waitlisted crews in the order that payment is received.

Please only enter and pay for crews which you know will be racing. Any crew which scratches after the June 20 entry deadline, will forfeit their entry fee in full.

Boat rental is available! Please email with the subject “Sprints Boat Rentals” for further details.

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There is no grilling in the park without a Chicago Park District issued permit, but vendors will be on site and a few easy food options are within a 15-20 minute walk.

Drone use is prohibited due to local regulations.