Chicago Athletic Club Evanston

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This indoor climbing wall in Evanston offers a great experience.

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Jeff Banowetz


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Destination Distance From Downtown

11.7 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours



All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


There may be parking fees, depending on where you park.



The Chicago Athletic Club in Evanston offered one of the first big climbing walls in the Chicago area. It now features two walls and a custom bouldering cave, which gives climbers the chance to do dihedrals, overhangs and endurance routes on the 45-foot wall that extends through four levels of the building.

What Makes It Great

The club also features most of the amenities that you’d expect at a high-end health club, such as cardio and strength equipment, group exercise classes, an indoor pool and basketball court.

The walls are open to both members and nonmembers of the club.

The gym is one of three climbing facilities with six walls operated by the Chicago Athletic Clubs (the other two are in Lakeview and Lincoln Park). Classes are offered for beginning climbers every week, plus there’s instruction in sport climbing as well as private instruction. There’s an extensive kids' climbing program, including several climbing teams.

Who is Going to Love It

Anyone looking to brush up on their climbing skills in a variety of climbing settings.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The club is located at 1723 Benson Ave. in Evanston. 

Click here for more information on the climbing programs at the club.

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Chicago Athletic Club Evanston

1723 Benson Avenue
Evanston, IL, 60201
42.049268, -87.682964

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