Q: Do you have equipment to rent?

A: While we do not rent equipment out, any climber is welcome to use our (small) selection of community pads and shoes in the gym. If you have particularly large or small feet, we recommend you bring your own shoes.

Q: I'm new to climbing and want to improve. Do you offer lessons?

A: At the moment, we do not offer lessons. However, we have many experienced members who offer free pointers!

Q: Seems cool, but what is it really like to climb at CBC?

A: CBC is like a living room: laid back, comfortably cluttered, and full of your awesome people. We try to make everyone feel welcome and connected. Our members site other members as their favorite part of their climbing experience.

Q: What kind of climbing can I do at CBC?

A: CBC is a bouldering-only gym; we do NOT have ropes, harnesses, or protection (apart from ample padding). Our highest boulder tops out around 15 feet.

Accessible via various bus routes (9 & 73) as well as DIVVY bike under the Clyborn Metra

FREE street parking available


DIAL 405

M - F : 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

S & S : 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

1907 North Mendell Street

4th Floor

Chicago, IL 60642

(773) 396-1484


Chicago Bouldering Collective is a bouldering gym nestled in a riverside industrial corridor near the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Opened years back by a few intrepid climbers, the Chicago Bouldering Collective grew a cult following and now legendary status in the city's tight-knit rock climbing scene. Small but mighty, CBC calls this set of steep walls, carved aretes, and gnarly cave features home.