All are welcome to come and climb at Steelworkers Park! The historic ore walls, remnants of this former steel manufacturing site, have been transformed into a unique opportunity for climbing and bouldering. Whether you want to improve your skills or are new to climbing, this 30 foot wall is suitable for all experience levels, with climbing grades ranging from 5.2 to 5.7.

Patrons are welcome to bring their own equipment and are not required to register ahead of time. However, it is a climb at your own risk activity.

The Park District does offer facilitated access to the wall through Saturday open community climbs and other seasonal events, as well as private parties. A signed waiver is required for Chicago Park District climbing events. Facilitated access to the wall includes all equipment (shoes, helmet, harness, and auto belay). Climbers must be able to fit into harnesses, which are designed for people ages 8 and up. Children under the age of 8 will be permitted to boulder on the traverse wall, with a helmet at no charge.

The climbing season begins when holds are installed around Memorial Day and ends when holds are removed around Thanksgiving. During this time, the wall is accessible daily during park hours from dusk to dawn.


With the exception of scheduling a private climbing event, the Steelworkers Climbing season has ended for 2019. Please join us in 2020 for our weekly Saturday open climbs starting June 2020.

Community Open Climb Pricing

  • With equipment rental:  Adult: $20, youth under 18: $10.

  • With your own equipment: - $5 any age.

           (Debit/CC only. NO CASH on hand)


General Climbing Wall Rules

Climbing is an inherently dangerous sport. All users are agreeing to climb at their own risk, and all climbers are required to exercise good judgement and common sense when climbing. Please prioritize safety at all times. Climbing hours are dawn to dusk.


  • Wear shoes at all times

  • Climb with a partner/spotter

  • Remain aware of your surroundings

  • Be accompanied by an adult if under the age of 16.

  • Climb on holds only. Do not touch exposed metal or other structures for support.

  • Respect other climbers around you and make it a point to share the facility.


  • Climb over, behind, or around the side of the wall.

  • Climb directly above or below other climbers on the wall.

  • Bring food or drink into the designated climbing area (mulched area beneath climbing wall) except bottled water.

  • Stand in landing area (mulched are beneath climbing wall) unless spotting a climber.


Bouldering Rules

Bouldering involves climbing low to the ground without the use of ropes. It is an excellent way to improve climbing strength and technique, a good way to warm up before a top-rope climb, and a great activity for first time climbers. The bouldering area is designated as all climbing holds located on the bottom 1/3rd of the climbing wall.


  • Climb down after finishing a problem to minimize risk of injury.


  • Climb underneath roped climbers. Top rope climbers have the right of way.

  • Reach for holds above the bouldering area.


Top Roping Rules

Top rope climbing ( or top roping) is a style of climbing in which the climber is securely attached to a rope which is fastened to the top of the climbing wall via an auto belay system or through an anchor system at the top of the wall, and down to a belayer at the foot of the climbing wall.


  • Use proper gear and safety equipment including a helmet and harness.

  • Use anchors and holds provided.

  • Remain attached to belay or lead climbing rope at all times when actively climbing and on top of the climbing platform.

  • Take caution when climbers use adjacent routes, both climbing up and down.


  • Place your own anchors or holds.

  • Lead climb prohibited unless on the lead climbing routes.


For more Information on booking a private group climb or for school groups please email Joel Zavala at For school groups, please send the name of the school, grade level, number of participants, and three possible dates.

Parking Directions

For directions using public transportation visit Car parking is available upon entry to the park, after turning onto 87th St. from S. Lake Shore Dr.

Map & Facilities

Steelworkers Park Climbing Wall

87th at S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60617
United States