Tackle These Indoor Rock Climbing Walls in Chicagoland

Indoor rock climbing is great for kids! It helps develop physical skills, cognitive skills, courage, and confidence. Not to mention, climbing things is all sorts of fun. That’s why we rounded up all the indoor rock climbing destinations in Chicagoland, from the city proper to the suburbs. It’s never too early to start rocking climbing: many locations accept children as young as five years old and Ackerman Alps is now offering a Parent/Tot Open Climb for ages 2-5! This article is sponsored by Glen Ellyn Park District.

Drop-in for open climb at Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center! Indoor rock climbing is an ideal recreational activity for youth, as it helps develop physical skills, cognitive skills, courage, and confidence. The Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center’s Ackerman Alps features two 30-foot climbing walls with auto-belays where kids can experience the thrill of ascending the rock wall in a safe and convenient setting. New this year, the facility is offering an Adult/Tot Open Climb (for ages 2-5) on Mondays from 9:30am-10:30am. The fee is just $5 per climber – no registration required.

Located in Glen Ellyn, the Ackerman Alps offers open climb hours throughout the week. Current hours are available at www.AckermanSFC.com. No equipment required – kids will be provided with a harness to use during their visit. It’s just $6 for Glen Ellyn Park District residents and $8 for non-residents. Introduce your child to the sport of rock climbing – after all – kids are born to climb!

Indoor Rock Climbing Walls in Chicagoland

Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center
Glen Ellyn Park District
800 St. Charles Rd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 317-0130
Open climb hours. Daily drop in rates for members and non-members. Resident and non-resident rates. See more information above.

Annerino Community Center
Bolingbrook Park District
201 Recreation Drive
Bolingbrook, IL
(630) 739-0272
Open climb and private lessons. Resident and non-resident rates.

Chicago Athletic Club
3212 North Broadway Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 529-2024
Classes, camps, teams and parties. Member and non-member rates.

Brooklyn Boulders
100 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 268-0002
Daily and punch card rates. Kids academy and adventure camps

First Ascent
2950 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-9743
Recreational classes and parties. Day passes, punch cards and memberships.

UIC Climbing Wall
737 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 996-7730
Youth programs and camps. Member and non-member pricing.

Courts Plus
Elmhurst Park District
186 South West Avenue
Elmhurst IL, 60126
(630) 833-5064
Youth classes and programs. Member and non-member rates.

Vertical Endeavors
246 Windy Point Drive
Glendale Heights, IL 60139
(630) 784-9000
Day passes, monthly and annual memberships available. Climbing teams, clubs and camps.

Funtopia Glenview
2050 Tower Drive
Glenview, IL 60026
(224) 432-5435
Online registration recommended, drop-ins welcome, too. Birthday parties, camps and programs.

Funtopia Naperville
2639 Aurora Ave #103
Naperville, IL 60540
Online registration recommended, drop-ins welcome, too. Birthday parties, camps and programs.

Prairie Stone Sports and Wellness Center
5050 Sedge Boulevard
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
(847) 285-5417
Open wall and climbing classes. Members and non-members.

Climb On
18120 Harwood Avenue
Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 798-9994
Day passes, punch cards and memberships.

Fitness Formula Club
1114 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 383-1114
Staffed and unstaffed climbing wall hours for members and non-members. Classes, camps, teams and birthday parties.

Gizmos Fun Factory
66 Orland Square Drive
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 949-8948
Daily rates include climbing and other attractions. Birthday parties, too.

Sportsplex Rock Climbing Wall
11351 West 159th Street
Orland Park, IL 60467
(708) 645-7529
Classes and camps available. Resident and non-resident pricing. Ages 5 years and older.

Life Time Fitness in Burr Ridge, Romeoville, and Orland Park

601 Burr Ridge Pkwy
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 230-0011

1220 Lakeview Drive
Romeoville, IL 60446
(630) 759-9995

16333 South La Grange Road
Orland Park, IL 60467
(708) 364-0300

Open climb, climb club, events and birthday parties for members.

Our indoor activities page has even more great things to do with kids in Chicago’s suburbs!

About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

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