Cities/Chicago/First Visit

Our mission at First Ascent is to share our love for climbing with everyone, to connect people through movement, and to create welcoming, uplifting spaces that strengthen minds, bodies, and communities. We’re glad you made it here, and we’re excited to welcome you in!

We have 4 locations in some of our favorite neighborhoods in Chicago, and each location offers world-class climbing terrain in a unique setting. All FA Chicago locations offer bouldering (what is bouldering?), and our Avondale location also offers roped climbing up to 60 ft. tall. You’ll find a fully stocked fitness area and dedicated yoga studios at all of our locations, along with workspace and free WiFi. 

We look forward to showing you an awesome first experience. Scroll down and click the option that best describes you for more details on how to get started. Let’s climb!

New(ish) Climbers

Brand new to climbing? Been a while since you climbed? We can’t wait to welcome you in help you make the most of your first visit.

Experienced Climbers

If it’s your first visit to First Ascent but you’ve climbed at other gyms recently, here’s a guide to getting you signed up, checked in, and on your way.

Kids & Families

Climbing is an activity the whole family can enjoy together. Check out what we offer for kids and families, and let’s climb!

FAQs

Here are answers to some of the most common questions we get.

Questions? Drop us a line at firstvisit@firstascentclimbing.com or call us at 773-564-9815