Evanston Athletic Club

All open climb, climbing classes and climbing programs are paused at Chicago Athletic Clubs.

Kids 1 Class (ages 5-9)
This is our introductory course for kids new to climbing. Emphasis will be on movement and climbing technique as well as maximizing climbing time. The instructors will strive to make the climbers feel comfortable being on the wall, high off the ground. Climbing knots and belay instruction will be included based on a climber's maturity and skill level.

Kids 2 Class (ages 5-9)
Kids II Class is for students who are ready to take their climbing to the next level. Students will have more time to climb, and instructors will increase the intensity of the climbing by challenging the climbers to build their skills, strength, and climbing technique. Climbers should know how to tie their knots, load and belay with a grigri, conduct safety checks, and climb the big wall with confidence before registering for Kids 2 Class.

*Kids 1 instructor recommendation is needed for participation in Kids 2 Class.

Youth 1/Youth 2 Class(ages 10-15) 
The Youth 1 Class is the perfect starting point for kids ages 10-15, with limited climbing experience. In this 4-week introductory class, instructors will emphasize safety protocols as climbers learn how to tie-in and belay. . Sequencing routes, climbing movement, and climbing technique will be taught in conjunction with responsible climbing procedures. Upon completion of the Youth I Class, students can continue their climbing as part of the Youth 2 Class.

The Youth 2 Class provides a great environment for experienced climbers ages 10-15 years old. This 90-minutes class focuses on the strength and technique in both the bouldering cave and top rope climbing areas. Climbers who progress in Youth 2 can try out for one of our competitive Climbing Teams, with instructor recommendation.

*Kids 2 or Youth 1 instructor recommendation is needed for participation in Youth 2 Class.

Pricing Information

All classes are billed the first day of the month

Registration for CAC youth classes is open and ongoing. New registrants will begin their class during the first week of each month. If you register after the first class of the month, your child will start class the following month. Once registered, your class enrollment will automatically continue on a rolling monthly basis. There is no need to re-register each month. 


  Members  Non-Members
Kids 1 Class (ages 5-9)  $105 per month $115 per month
Kids 2 Class* (ages 5-9)  $115 per month $125 per month
Youth 1 Class**
(ages 10-15)
$125 per month $135 per month
Youth 2 Class* $115 per month $125 per month

*Please note climber needs climbing experience to sign up for Kids 2 or Youth 2.

**Youth 1 is a 4 week class. Class starts the first week of every month.


Make-up Policy for Missed Classes

  • If a student misses a class, and the Climbing Manager is given at least 24 hours advance notice of the absence in writing, the climber will be able to make up their missed climbing time in another class of the same level, that is not full, in the following weeks; or the climber can opt for a free Family Climb pass - whichever the family chooses.
  • If a climber is going to miss a class, or a number of classes in the following month, and the climbing manager is told in writing about the future absences by the 20th day of the month before the missed classes, the climbing manager will prorate the month and NOT charge the account for the unattended classes.

Cancellation Policy

If you choose to suspend enrollment, you must let your Climbing Manager know, in writing, by the 20th day of the month before you want to end class participation.

Please wait for confirmation from the climbing department before attending classes.  REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL YOU RECEIVE CONFIRMATION FROM OUR CLIMBING DEPARTMENT VIA EMAIL.