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.