Cities/Chicago/Avondale

Features & Amenities

  • 26,000 square feet of climbing terrain up to 60 ft tall
  • Roped climbing (auto belay, top rope, and lead climbing) and bouldering
  • Over 90 unique routes and 100 unique boulders ranging from beginner to expert level
  • Dedicated yoga studio hosting 20+ classes per week
  • 10 cardio machines, 4,000+ pounds of free weights, & functional training equipment
  • Climbing training with campus boards, hang boards, and hydraulic system walls
  • Locker rooms with showers
  • Workspace with free WiFi

Regular Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 6:00 am – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Special Hours

We are open the following special hours for holidays:

  • Memorial Day: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • July 4th: CLOSED
  • Labor Day: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Thanksgiving Day: CLOSED
  • Day After Thanksgiving: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm (weekend hours)
  • December 24th: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • December 25th: CLOSED
  • December 31st: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • January 1st: CLOSED

We may adjust our hours on rare occasions for special events and competitions, but otherwise, we’re open for our Regular Hours!

GETTING THERE

By Car

Parking is free and plentiful. We are located right off the 90/94 Kennedy Expressway. Take the Kimball Ave exit (45B) from either Westbound or Eastbound traffic. Head north on Kimball, then take a right on W. Addison and a right on N. Spaulding. Head down Spaulding toward the dead-end – you won’t be able to miss us from there. We’re also easily accessible from Elston, Addison, and Kedzie if you’re coming from one of the surrounding neighborhoods.

By Public Transit

We are a short walk from the Addison Blue Line stop. When you get off, walk east on Addison for .5 miles, then turn right and head down N. Spaulding.

By Bike

Elston, Kedzie, and Kimball all have established bike lanes, and we have plenty of protected bike parking for you when you arrive.

Routesetting

THE AVONDALE TEAM

Jack Wangelin

Jack Wangelin

Head Setter, Avondale

Jack has been climbing for 14 years, and setting for 6. Jack can usually be found holding down the fort at Avondale. His favorite thing to set is custard, but his preferred routesetting styles are crimpy routes and risk-based movements that “really get people to question what they are doing in life”. His favorite place to climb is Lander, Wyoming – Wild Iris, Sinks Canyon, or the middle of nowhere in the Wind River Range.

Fun Fact: Jack went to culinary school.

Rachel Nishball

Rachel Nishball

Setting Supervisor, Avondale

Rachel has been climbing for 19 years, and setting for 5. She mostly sets routes at Avondale. Her favorite climbs to set are technical and balancy with at least one big hold to sit on, but she tries to mix it up and explore all styles. Currently, her favorite place to climb is Red River Gorge for its relative proximity to Chicago and nearly inexhaustible quantity of sport climbing.

Fun Fact: Rachel has lived in 5 countries, most recently, Singapore.​