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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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Which way to the Block Party? Better ask Google Maps... Hope to see you at FA Block 37 tonight from 6-10 pm for a bags tournament, bouncy house jousting, dogs from @loudmouthfoodbikes, and beer from @alarmistbrewing. More details on Facebook. See you there!
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Calling all FA designers and creatives: help us design the fall season FA t-shirt! You could win 5 free t-shirts to share with family and friends, 2 free months of membership, and ...

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HUGE congrats to FA Climbing Team crusher Vincent Lee for placing 8th in BOTH Sport and Speed at USAC Nationals last weekend! 8th in both Sport and Speed makes you #1 in ...

HUGE congrats to FA Climbing Team crusher Vincent Lee @vincentxalee for placing 8th in BOTH Sport and Speed at USAC Nationals last weekend! 8th in both Sport and Speed makes you #1 in our book, Vin! Also, congrats to Meghan Stukel @meggles06 for placing 9th in Speed, shattering her previous PR! Overall, the FA Climbing Team had a strong showing. Your hard work really paid off! So proud of you all.
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To climb for a lifetime, you need to develop routines that keep your body happy and healthy. Check out our latest blog post to learn some injury prevention tips that will help ...

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FA Staff Spotlight: Pilar Amado July 19, 2018

FA Staff Spotlight: Pilar Amado

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on FA staff member Pilar Amado. Pilar is the fearless leader of our Women Crush Wednesday sessions at FA Avondale, where women boulderers of all ability levels unite to crush some boulders [...]

5 Ways To Practice Climbing Injury Prevention July 11, 2018

5 Ways To Practice Climbing Injury Prevention

After climbing in the gym for a while, you’ll inevitably get bit by the outdoor bug. Maybe you’ve been venturing up to Baraboo for some quartzite bouldering, or your friends have shown you the glory of [...]

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