Youth Escort Policy

Effective May 20, 2022, the Chicago Park District has enacted the following Youth Escort Policy for Maggie Daley Park.

For the comfort and safety of all visitors, Maggie Daley Park has put in place a youth escort policy for entrance to and presence in the Park after 6 p.m. on all Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Maggie Daley Park visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age during these hours. An adult who is at least 21 years of age may escort up to four minor guests. Guests may be asked to present a valid photo identification card, such as a driver’s license, state ID, student ID, or military ID, upon entering Maggie Daley Park. Maggie Daley Park reserves the right to implement the youth escort policy on other days and at other times, on an as-needed basis, when justified by objective circumstances demonstrating a substantial likelihood of large gatherings of unsupervised youths. Youths under the age of 18 may enter the Park unaccompanied while the youth escort policy is in effect if they (1) are engaged in employment at Maggie Daley Park; or (2) are attending an official school, religious, or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by the Chicago Park District, the City of Chicago, a civic organization, or another similar entity that takes responsibility for the minor.

Climbing Wall

Climbing Wall


Climbing Returns May 24, 2024!

Climbing Wall 2024 Hours

Sunday – Thursday – 11:00am – 5:00pm

Friday & Saturday – 11:00am – 6:00pm

At the center of the Skating Ribbon sits two stunning rock-climbing structures that form Chicago’s first and only Climbing Park. These custom-designed sculptural rocks and boulders provide a unique outdoor recreational experience for beginners and experts alike, supported with instruction and supervision by park staff. The combination of the Skating Ribbon and Climbing Park achieves the project aspiration of a park for all seasons, inviting and engaging to all Chicagoans and visitors alike.

The rock climbing walls’ maximum height is 40 feet over a total surface area of 19,000 square feet. The wall is divided into a beginner and advanced wall with three different types of climbing: bouldering, lead-harnessed, and top rope. The climbing wall capacity is between 25 to 100 climbers at a given time.

The Climbing Wall is managed by Lakeshore Sport & Fitness

  • Phone: 312.552.3000

Group Outing Information – Climbing Wall – Click for Application

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  • Auto Belay 30 minutes – $20+tax
  • Top Rope Orientation – $29+tax (daily fee included)
  • Boulder/Belay Check – $15+tax
  • Private Belayer – $45+tax
  • Kid’s Lesson 15 minutes – $19+tax (private lesson, includes a climbing instructor to assist child, ages 4-8)
  • Belay/Boulder/Check  – $15+tax
  • Climbing Wall Instructions – 4 Classes – $125+tax
  • Climbing Wall Instructions – 8 Classes – $235+tax
  • **Shoes and harness included for all of the above mentioned activities – helmets optional**
  • Top Rope/Bouldering Daily Fee – $15+tax  (Orientation Boulder/Belay Check required)
  • Helmet, harness and shoes are available to rent $5+tax apiece –
  • Chalk bag – $3+tax

What you Need to Know Before You Climb

No reservations needed, just come on in and climb!

Review the list of Frequently Asked Questions before you come, to be best prepared for your climb.

Climbing Wall FAQs

Climbers under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.  Once signed, the underage climber must present a signed hard copy of the waiver to the park, along with an ID which verifies the parent or guardian’s signature.  The waiver supporting information may also be emailed to ahead of time.

Climbing Wall Rules & Regulations:

  • Only supervised climbing is permitted
  • All climbers must check-in at the fieldhouse each time they intend to participate in open climbs or classes
  • Climbing equipment is available for rental in the fieldhouse. All climbers must wear appropriate climbing shoes which are available for rental
  • All climbers must follow the instructions and directions from park staff
  • Climbing is only permitted by those who have been certified by park staff
  • Climbing during open climbs is accommodated on a first come, first serve basis. Groups of 10 or more must call in advance
  • Bouldering is only permitted in designated areas.
  • When descending the wall, climbers should push their feet flat against the wall to assure they descend safely

The following are not permitted on the climbing wall:

  • Climbing in a manner that endangers or interferes with the enjoyment experienced by other climbers
  • Carrying secondary items (such as handbags, backpacks, cameras, cell phones, portable music players, etc.) while on the wall. Lockers are available in the fieldhouse for a fee


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