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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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Surprise party!! When FA member Katie @katieotters showed up to FA Avondale for a birthday climbing session, she had no idea that her climbing family had gathered in the Community Room for a pre-climb surprise celebration, organized by Kevin @kchan713. Happy Birthday, Katie! We

If you've got goals, get an expert's input. Now through September 30th, we're offering the 30-minute Fitness Consultation free! Fill out a quick survey, then meet with one of our experienced, certified ...

We’re shining the spotlight on Dr James Lee @jamesinkyulee @leephysicaltherapy this month! James is our resident climbing injury prevention expert, and starting this month, he is offering physical therapy consults and sessions at all FA locations! Read more about Dr Lee on our blog - link in bio - and hit him up if you’re in need of PT for climbing or other injuries. Also, keep an eye out for his Finger Injury Prevention workshops coming soon to an FA location near you!
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Surprise party!! When FA member Katie Ott showed up to FA Avondale for a birthday climbing session, she had no idea that her climbing family had gathered in the Community Room for ...

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We're psyched to shine the spotlight on FA's resident injury prevention expert Dr. James Inkyu Lee! James is now offering physical therapy services at all FA locations, and he's leading finger injury ...

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FA Member Spotlight: Dr. James Lee September 13, 2018

FA Member Spotlight: Dr. James Lee

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on FA Member Dr. James Lee! Starting this month, James will be using his expertise to offer physical therapy services at all First Ascent locations. Follow James on Instagram @leephysicaltherapy, [...]

5 Ways To Manage Fear While Climbing August 30, 2018

5 Ways To Manage Fear While Climbing

Fear is basically impossible to get rid of, and it’s completely natural. When you're climbing at your limit, about to make a big move, you will feel fear on some level. It's instinctual, embedded deep in [...]

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