Chicago Polo Supports Advancement of Polo by Organizing and Promoting Activities In and Around Chicagoland

The Chicago Polo Association (aka Chicago Polo) is expanding to support the advancement of polo by organizing and promoting the sport through activities in and around the metropolitan Chicagoland area. In advance of the 2020 Season, Chicago Polo added the Las Brisas Farm & Polo Club in Elgin, IL and the Oak Brook Polo Academy in Bolingbrook, IL to its roster of facilities. This brings the total number of polo facilities to thirteen, including seventeen outdoor fields, eight arenas, three polo schools, and seven USPA member clubs…with room to grow.

Led by Executive Director, Pam Mudra, the 2020 Chicago Polo season will have three polo schools -Barrington Hills Polo Club, Go Polo and Oak Brook Polo Academy with great instructors, endless offerings of days, times and clinics. The Season will host as many as thirty grass and arena polo tournaments/matches from June through September, including multiple USPA sanctioned events, women’s tournaments and NYTS competitions, including the NYTS National Championships in September. This will all be followed by the newly USPA sanctioned international tournament, the Butler International Cup featuring teams representing six different countries.

Chicago Polo is one of the most diverse polo destinations in the country. The season offers a variety of playing opportunities for amateur and skilled players. You can play for a few weeks or stay the entire summer as stabling and housing options are available. Chicago Polo member facilities are located in the north, west and south suburbs of Chicago making it convenient and accessible multiple commercial and executive airports as well as interstate highways.

For those interested in bringing a team. Chicago Polo is hosting 0 goal, 4 goal, 8 goal and 12 goal polo matches every week. Visitors interested playing in Chicago are encouraged to bring a full or half team for a tournament or longer. For the more casual player, bring your friends, children, and spouse and enjoy competitive 0 to 4 goal leagues. In addition, Chicago Polo has one of the most competitive Senior’s Tournament in the U.S. hosted by George Alexander at the infamous Blackberry Polo Club.

Chicago’s polo history dates back to 1879, when the first recorded match was played in Lincoln Park in Downtown Chicago. Over the next 140 years, the sport of kings prospered in and around Chicagoland with as many as fifty polo clubs hosting competitive professional and amateur polo. Various well-known Chicago families were avid polo players and helped bring attention to the sport, including the Wrigleys, McCormicks, Armours and Butlers.

Chicago was also home to a number of notable and historic polo events, including the East vs. West match that drew over 40,000 spectators to the Onwenstsia Club in 1933, 24 U.S. Open Polo Championships from 1954 to 1979 at the Oak Brook Polo Club and first all-women’s polo club in the United States, the Naperville Women’s Polo Club in the 1980’s.

Students, players and team sponsors interested in Chicago Polo may contact Pam Mudra at 979.270.2860 or pam@chicago-polo.com. For additional information for Chicago Polo, please visit www.chicago-polo.com

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