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First Ascent Block 37 is open! Come climb with us in the heart of downtown Chicago.

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Built by Chicago climbers, for Chicago climbers.


Four great locations. One membership. Let’s climb, Chicago!

First Ascent Climbing & Fitness is built by Chicago climbers, for Chicago climbers. We have four convenient rock climbing gyms in the Loop, Avondale, Humboldt Park, and Uptown neighborhoods of Chicago. Our facilities feature world-class rock climbing terrain, a full schedule of yoga classes, and state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Join the FAmily now, and let’s climb!

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Chicago climbers: take a minute to check out #1climb and consider supporting their Indiegogo campaign ( while scoring some fantastic footwear from @toms and @soill! We are proud to support the 1Climb project, and we’re proud to say that First Ascent Uptown was the very first climbing gym to host the @boysandgirlsclubs for a climbing session as part of 1Climb’s effort to introduce 100,000 kids to climbing. Thanks to @kjorgeson @prideofgypsies and @soill for putting this amazing effort together! Psyched for what’s next.
#1climb #climbingcommunity #sharethelove #spreadthelove #climbinggym #letsclimbchicago

First Ascent Uptown is expanding! Our expansion onto the first floor of 4718 N Broadway will bring you a larger fitness and training area, indoor bike parking, coworking space and more. Click ...

VOTE NOW - link in bio! These are the 10 finalists for the 1st Annaul FA T-shirt Design Contest in no particular order. Votes must be in by Wednesday 8/15 at 11:59 pm, and you must vote via the form on our website. You’re welcome to comment on this post, but votes via comment won’t count. The winning design will be announced on Thursday 8/16. Vote now and help us decide the winner!
#designcontest #design #tshirtdesign #customdesign #climbingcommunity #letsclimbchicago

Click below to vote on the winner of the 1st Annual FA T-shirt Design Contest! Votes are due by Wednesday 8/15 at 11:59 pm and the winner will be announced on Thursday ...

We are constantly amazed by the energy and vibrance of this community. This crew came out at 4:00 am to help us get some amazing footage of FA Block 37, and they kept crushing until 10:00 am. Unbelievable!! Thank you all for your endless psych. Can’t wait to share the footage with everyone - look out for it in a few weeks!
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SO stoked to see FA's own Pilar Amado featured in this video! Ladies: come climb with Pilar at 7:00 pm TONIGHT at FA Avondale's #WomenCrushWednesday session. And everyone: join her at FA ...

From The Blog

FA Member Spotlight: Jun Yu Tan August 10, 2018

FA Member Spotlight: Jun Yu Tan

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on FA Member Jun Yu Tan! We caught up with him to find out more about Jun's Kickstarter campaign and why he loves climbing at FA. Follow Jun on Instagram at [...]

First Ascent Uptown is expanding! August 1, 2018

First Ascent Uptown is expanding!

We are excited to announce that First Ascent Uptown is expanding! If you've been wondering about the brown paper covered windows at 4718 N Broadway, wonder no more: First Ascent Uptown will take over half of the first [...]



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