Spearheading the Development of Rugby Union in the American Midwest

Jeff Simon

President Jeff Simon

Established in 1964, Chicago Lions Rugby is a premier rugby club in the Midwest and have been a consistent powerhouse in the United States rugby scene for over 50 years.

The Chicago Lions are the only team in the Midwest to field fully competitive sides for Men’s Division 1, Men’s and Women’s Division 2, and Men’s and Women’s 7s. The Lions have had several teams within our organization, including an over-35 Grey Lions squad to keep our extensive network of players old and new active and involved.

We have an elite and experienced coaching staff and are fortunate to also have a full-service training staff partnership with AthletiCo for training sessions and matches, both home and away.

Lions 2019

Chicago Lions Rugby call Chicago Hope Academy Field home, located at 732 South Washtenaw in Chicago. This location is a direct result of a long term partnership with Chicago Hope Academy. This partnership with a private, coed college prep school for urban youth creates unique sponsorship opportunities for the club and its supporters.

The Lions are also spearheading the development and coaching efforts of the Chicago Hope Academy youth rugby club.

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GRAND OPENING: Lions for Hope Sports Complex – Sept 21

Reveal the Field! Come celebrate the completion of the J. Tyke Nollman Field with the...

New Field

A first look at our new field, the first part of the Lions for Hope Sports Complex. We...

Chicago Lions Merges with Chicago Wapiti

Chicago Lions Rugby merges the Chicago Wapiti Rugby Football Club to expand its youth...

Annual Keith Brown Golf Outing 2019

On Friday, July 12th, we had the annual Keith Brown President’s Cup Golf Outing at Old...

Summer 7s Update

While we haven’t finalized our Men’s coach, Matt Wagner has stepped up help lead training...

Lions Summer Camp – August 5-9, 2019

The Chicago Lions are extremely excited to launch our first ever Lions Summer Camp....

Wanted: Men’s Sevens Head Coach

The Chicago Lions are now searching for a qualified and motivated person for the role...

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