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Top 5 Climbing Gyms of Illinois

In 2024, we conducted a survey of nearly 3,000 indoor climbing gyms in order to find the best rock gyms of Illinois. Today, we have compiled the top 5 for you so that you can find the best rock-climbing gym near you. FA Climbing and Fitness and Vertical Endeavors are among the top 5. Want…

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In 2024, we conducted a survey of nearly 3,000 indoor climbing gyms in order to find the best rock gyms of Illinois. Today, we have compiled the top 5 for you so that you can find the best rock-climbing gym near you.

FA Climbing and Fitness and Vertical Endeavors are among the top 5. Want to learn about the 9 that didn’t quite make the list? You can read about them in our post “2024 Climbing Gyms Near Me: Illinois“.

5. FA Climbing & Fitness (Humboldt Park) – Chicago, Illinois

The Humboldt Park location of FA Climbing and Fitness (First Ascent) can be found at 2650 West Grand Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Nearly 240 public reviews found this facility to have an average rating of 4.9 our of 5 stars. One reviewer, Keng, wrote that this rock gym was a “Really fun bouldering gym – one of the best I’ve been to around the world.”.

Some amenities of this rock-climbing gym include 11,000 square feet of bouldering terrain, over 200 boulders, a moon board, campus board, hang boards, scatter wall, two yoga studios and general fitness equipment.

Pricing for this facility is as follows: $23 for a day pass, $198 for a 10 Punch Pass, $91 per month (plus a $49 initiation fee) for a monthly membership and $999 for an annual membership. Discounts are available for students, children and families.

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Source: First Ascent website

Some benefits of opting for a membership at this facility include access to all First Ascent locations, a free introductory bouldering class, a free introductory roped climbing class, yoga classes, discounted climbing classes, discounted yoga workshops, discounted fitness workshops and access to the FA Bonus Program.

4. Vertical Endeavors – Glendale Heights, Illinois

Vertical Endeavors is located at 246 Windy Point Drive in Glendale Heights, Illinois. 260 public reviews found this facility to have an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Reviewer Kaleen Barbera wrote “If you are a total beginner, like me, or really advanced, this is a fantastic facility.”.

A few amenities of this rock gym include 3 bouldering areas, 450 routes, 35 auto-belay stations, lead climbing, yoga and general fitness instruction.

Rates for this climbing gym are as follows: $22 for a day pass, $175 for a 10 Punch Pass and $79 per month (plus a $49 initiation fee) for a monthly membership. Reduced pricing is available for youth and families.

A few benefits of opting for a membership at this facility include access to all Vertical Endeavors facilities, free group yoga classes, free group fitness classes, a 15% discount in the gear shop, access to members only events, two free returning guest passes per year and one first time guest pass per day.

3. FA Climbing & Fitness (Uptown) – Chicago, Illinois

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Source: First Ascent Climbing and Fitness website

The Uptown location of First Ascent Climbing and Fitness can be found at 4718 North Broadway in Chicago, Illinois. Over 270 public reviews found this facility to have an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars. One reviewer, Michael Caboose, wrote “Made the trek all the way downtown to check out this climbing facility and really enjoyed the huge variety of bouldering problems…”.

Some features of this rock-climbing gym include: 9,000 square feet of climbing terrain, over 150 boulders, climbing classes, a moon board, campus boards, hang boards, yoga and general fitness equipment.

Prices for the Uptown location of FA Climbing and Fitness are: $23 for a day pass, $198 for a 10 Punch Pass, $91 per month (plus a $49 initiation fee) for a monthly membership and $999 for an annual membership. If you are a student or a family, be sure to ask about what discounts are available to you.

Some perks of choosing a membership over a day or punch pass include access to all First Ascent locations (Yes! Even the out of state one!), a free introductory roped climbing class, a free introductory bouldering class, free yoga classes, reduced pricing of climbing classes, access to the FA Bonus Program and more.

2. FA Climbing & Fitness (Block 37) – Chicago, Illinois

The Block 37 location of FA Climbing and Fitness can be found at 108 North State Street 4th Floor in Chicago, Illinois. Nearly 290 public reviews found this facility to have an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars. Review Kyle Walen wrote “They reset new routes often so I come several times a week and still find plenty of various difficult climbs to work on here.”.

A few features of this rock gym include: 10,000 square feet of bouldering space, two yoga studios, over 200 boulders, general fitness equipment, a moon board, campus boards, hang boards and a scatter wall.

Pricing for this rock-climbing gym is as follows: $25 for a day pass, $198 for a 10 Punch Pass, $91 per month (plus a $49 initiation fee) for a monthly membership and $999 for an annual membership. Discounted rates are available for students and families.

A few perks of opting for a membership at this facility include a 20% discount off of starter bundles in the gear shop, access to all First Ascent climbing facilities, access to the FA Bonus Program, a free introductory bouldering class, a free introductory roped climbing class, free yoga classes and more.

1. FA Climbing & Fitness (Avondale) – Chicago, Illinois

The #1 climbing gym of Illinois is the Avondale location of First Ascent Climbing and Fitness which can be found at 3516 North Spaulding Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Over 550 public reviews found this facility to have an average of 4.8 our of 5 stars. One reviewer, Robbie Austen, wrote that “This gym was super convenient and had so many different routes!”.

Some amenities of this climbing gym include 26,000 square feet of climbing terrrain, auto-belay stations, bouldering space, top rope climbing routes, lead climbing routes, a yoga studio, campus boards, hang boards, hydraulic system walls and general fitness equipment.

Rates for this rock gym are as follows: $25 for a day pass, $198 for a 10 Punch Pass, $91 per month (plus a $49 initiation fee) and $999 for an annual membership. If you are a family or a student, be sure to ask about what discounts are available to you.

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Source: First Ascent Climbing and Fitness Website

Some benefits of choosing a membership at First Ascent in Avondale include reduced pricing on climbing classes, access to all First Ascent facilities, two free introductory climbing classes, free yoga classes and more.

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