Cities/Chicago/First Visit/New Climbers

First time climbing, or first time in a while?
Welcome in and let’s climb.

First Ascent is Chicago’s locally grown, world-class group of climbing gyms. Simply put: we love climbing – it’s a super fun way to stay active, challenge yourself, and meet new people. The only thing we love more than climbing is introducing other people to climbing, and we’re excited that you made it here.

Why climb at FA?

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Ready for some adventure?

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Best for new(ish) climbers looking for a great first experience with an expert by their side.

Climb with an expert guide. Includes 1 hour of instruction, Day Pass to explore on your own afterward, and all the climbing gear you need. Book for up to 6 people.

Starting at $49

Best for independent learners who like to jump right in.

Purchase a Day Pass to gain access to everything First Ascent has to offer for the day: climbing, yoga classes, fitness equipment, hangout spaces, and more.

Starting at $25

Best for new climbers who want to learn climbing fundamentals.

Join a Learning To Boulder class to learn the basics of climbing technique, or join a Learning The Ropes class to learn the rope skills needed to climb on top rope. 

Starting at $29

Best for anyone who is ready to launch their climbing journey.

We have membership options available for individuals, students, and families alike. Join the FA member community and let’s climb to new heights together!

Starting at $91/mo

Questions? Check out our FAQs page or drop us a line at