Tree Climbers Race to the Top During Illinois Arborist Association’s Tree Climbing Competition on Sat., Sept. 30 in Lincoln Park


Professional tree climbers will be competing for the title of “Best Climber” in the Illinois Arborist Association Annual (IAA) Tree Climbing Competition in partnership with the Chicago Park District on Sat., Sept. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Lincoln Park, West Lawrence Avenue and North Simonds Drive, Chicago, IL.

This unique event will showcase the skills of 30 competitors as they maneuver in the trees. Climbers will perform five different preliminary events that start at 8:30 a.m. Each event tests a competitor's ability to quickly, professionally, and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks.

Since 1984, this tree climbing competition has been run throughout Illinois and was designed by the International Society of Arboriculture to simulate working conditions of those arborists who work in the field. Utilizing the highest level of professional skills and safety, the events provide a competitive learning environment for those working in the industry.

The three climbers who score the highest during the preliminary competition will compete in the Masters’ Challenge. The winner of this challenge will be named the Chapter Champion and will earn the honor of representing the Illinois Chapter at the International Tree Climbing Championships (ITCC) in July 2018. 

This admission free event is open to the public and includes a Kid’s Climb, food and more, creating a fun-filled day for the entire family.  For more information on the Illinois Chapter Tree Climbing Competition visit the chapter website at

A special thanks to Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc. and Davey Tree Care for sponsoring this event, to ArborMaster for donating the prizes and to Tim Lynch with North Branch Tree Climbing for donating his time and talents for the Kid’s Climb.

About Illinois Arborists Association

The Illinois Chapter ISA (IAA) is a member driven organization dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation for trees by Fostering interest, establishing standards, exchanging professional ideas and pursuing scientific research in arboriculture.

About Chicago Park District

The Chicago Park District is the 2014 Gold Medal Award winner, recognized for excellence in park and recreation management across the nation. For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 8,300 acres of parkland, more than 585 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 12 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, nearly 50 nature areas, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit or contact the Chicago Park District at 312/742.PLAY or 312/747.2001 (TTY). Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling, 312/742.PLAY.


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