10 of the Best Places to Play Rugby in Chicago

10 of the Best Places to Play Rugby in Chicago

Rugby is a high-impact way to become active, get fitter & meet great people. The clubs below are for amateur players in Chicago, why not check out a game this week?

1. Chicago Lions Rugby

Founded in 1964, Chicago Lions Rugby is the premier rugby club in the Midwest. They are the only team in the Midwest to field fully competitive sides for Division 1, Men’s Club 7s & Women’s 7s competition as well as a development side. The Lions have had several teams, including an over-35 Grey Lions to keep an extensive network of players old or new active & involved.

Address
Home Field
732 S Washtenaw Ave
Chicago, IL 60612

Training Field
2640 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60612

Phone 312-798-9389

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2. ​Chicago Blaze Rugby Club

A brotherhood with a commitment to excellence. One of the few US rugby clubs with its own facilities. The Blaze brotherhood is composed of current players, old boys, rugby academy, building corporation, associated youth teams, sponsors & the fans. New players, fans & sponsors are always welcome. No experience required.

Address
Blaze Rugby Complex
13011 W Smith Road
Lemont IL 60439

Phone 773-415-2507
E-mail chicagoblazerugbyfc@gmail.com

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3. Chicago Westside Condors Rugby Club

The Condors have a history of talented players, championship & camaraderie. Their starting side features experienced players that have represented Chicago & Midwest All-Stars. As Chicago’s premier rugby football club, they welcome veterans, newcomers & social players.

Address
Home Field
Schiller Playfield
8307 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60634

Practice Field
Columbus Park
500 S Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60644

Phone 312-532-6040

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4. Chicago Women’s Rugby Club

Founded in 1976. Legend has it the team was founded by a group of women who thought they would show their husbands/ boyfriends how rugby is really played. They are a group of strong, smart women. Students, teachers, nurses, doctors, engineers, lawyers, farmers & more.

Address
Schedule & locations

E-mail info@cwrfc.org

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5. Chicago Area Rugby Football Union

CARFU is the governing body for collegiate & senior USA Rugby Union teams located in the greater Chicago area. Their mission includes the promotion, encouragement & development of rugby. With the focus on players, coaches & referees.

E-mail Lou@woodsmenrugby.com or president@carfurugby.org

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6. Lincoln Park Rugby

Established in 1968 LPR is one of the oldest clubs in the Midwest. A charter member of Chicago Area Rugby Football Union, they currently play at the Division II level.

Address
140 Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

Phone 773-528-7635
E-mail lincolnparkrfc@gmail.com

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7. Chicago North Shore Women’s Rugby

Established as a DII club & played its first game as a 7s team in 1995.

Phone 312-505-2788
E-mail chicagonorthshore@gmail.com

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8. Fox Valley Rugby

A Division II Men’s Club located in St. Charles, IL, affiliated with USA Rugby, Midwest Rugby Football Union & Chicago Area Rugby Football Union. The organization has promoted the sport of rugby for nearly 40 years.

Address
Home Field
James O. Breen Community Park
3615 Campton Hills Rd
St Charles, IL 60175

Practice Field
Primrose Park
37W755 Bolcum Rd
St Charles, IL 60175

E-mail info@foxvalleyrugby.org

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9. Chicago Riot Rugby Football Club

Established in 2006 by a group of former University of Illinois rugby players. Players of any experience levels are welcome.

Address
Smith Park
2500 W Grand Ave
Chicago IL 60612

Phone 312-715-7468
E-mail chicagoriotrugby@gmail.com

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10. Chicago Dragons Rugby Football Club

The first rugby club in the Midwest established especially to invite members from often under-represented groups, particularly gay men, to engage in the world’s third most popular team sport.

The Chicago Dragons compete in USA Rugby’s Chicago Area Rugby Football Union in Division IV & in International Gay Rugby.

Address
Practice Field
Cricket Hill
Lakefront Trail
Chicago, IL 60640

E-mail info@chicagodragons.org

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If you know of another great place to play rugby that isn’t listed above, let us know & we’ll add it to our next list.

 
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