Cities/Chicago/First Visit/Experienced Climbers

Welcome to First Ascent Chicago

We look forward to climbing with you!

Why climb at First Ascent?

Here are a few of our members’ favorite reasons:

Enjoy world-class climbing terrain and top-notch setting.

With 55,000 square feet of climbing terrain of all different angles across our 4 Chicago locations, you’ll find your favorite type of terrain – and lots of it – at FA. Our team of expert setters will rotate routes and boulders so you have something new to climb each time you visit and the entire gym is new every 8 weeks. And you can advance your climbing progression with our climbing training areas, which boast Moon or Kilter Boards, campus boards, and hang boards.

Get connected.

If you’ve experienced climbing, you know that connecting with others is as easy as asking “Hey, can I try that climb with you?” FA fosters community by hosting meetups, events, workshops, and other ways to get connected to new people or reconnect with old friends. Come tap into a strong, welcoming community.

More than climbing.

FA offers you all of the commercial grade equipment you’d expect from a fitness center plus a full schedule of yoga classes with lots of styles to choose from. You can also join one of our fitness and training programs to up your game. And if you’d just like to hang out, we’ll have plenty of couches and tables with free WiFi to connect your device or connect with others.

More to enjoy in Chicagoland.

An All Access First Ascent membership gives you access to all FA gyms, including our Arlington Heights location – First Ascent’s largest gym yet.

Let's do this. What kind of experience are you looking for?

Join the FA member community and enjoy all of the perks of being a member.

Pop in for the day or grab a 10 Pass and experience climbing, yoga, and fitness at First Ascent.

Questions? Email us at or call 773-564-9815.