Hidden Peak at Lakeshore Academy

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Hidden Peak offers an impressive place for rock climbing and bouldering just west of downtown Chicago

Written by

Jeff Banowetz


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

1.4 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours



All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits




Gymnasts and rock climbers both have a lot of upper-body strength, but you generally don’t think of the two groups together. But at Lakeshore Academy, it works.

What Makes It Great

The Lakeshore Academy is a training center for artistic gymnasts with a rock climbing gym. The Hidden Peak, as it’s aptly named, offers mostly bouldering (with some top-roping) in its facility just west of the Chicago River. It considers itself a social spot with a strong communal atmosphere were climbers can meet other climbers, listen to good music and train on all kinds of grades.

There are two top ropes that go the full 20 feet of the walls, but most of the work is done closer to the ground. Basic rope skills and movement courses are available for those who would like to learn the sport, but most of the time the facility offers an open gym for climbing on your own. 

Hidden Peak also has a successful youth climbing program, with instruction as well as competitive climbing teams (for ages 8 to 18).

Who is Going to Love It

Gymnasts and climbers will both love this place!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Lakeshore is located at 937 W. Chestnut.

A day pass is only $10 ($7 for a lunch pass), while you can purchase an annual membership for $435. Or pay $55 for the month or $80 for a 10-punch pass card.

Climbers must provide proof of health insurance before they start climbing.

Find out more about the programs here

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Hidden Peak at Lakeshore Academy

937 W. Chestnut
Chicago, IL, 60642
41.898142, -87.651291

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