"Chicago has the lake and the river. Beaches, skyscrapers, sports and entertainment. All we're missing are mountains. Chicago climbers need a dedicated climbing gym! I am so happy and proud that the Chicago climbing community has joined together to start First Ascent"
"Stoked and so good to see the opening of a new climbing gym in the South Loop area. As a climber who lives in a city that is vertically challenged in elevation, it's awesome to see a fantastic climbing gym like First Ascent."
"Chicago has needed a world-class climbing gym for so long. And, now First Ascent will be a Chicago climbing gym built by the Chicago climbing community. I'm so excited to go climbing with my friends at First Ascent!"
"Climbing at First Ascent, it's what for dinner, lunch, AND breakfast!"
"I am so excited for the opening of First Ascent! I've hoped for years to have a dedicated climbing gym in Chicago and it's finally happening! It's awesome that the local community has made this gym happen!"
"Every local climber knows that Chicago needs a dedicated climbing gym. Finally, a team of Chicagoans has stepped up to build First Ascent. After years of frustration and mediocrity, the climbing community is drooling in anticipation for this facility. Chicago is finally entering the national climbing scene!"
"Seeing the design video was so exciting! Finally, a killer gym for Chicago climbers!"
"We live in an area quite far from real mountains. So, climbing indoors makes up the bulk of my year-around training. With state-of-the-art wall and superb space, Frist Ascent will greatly help me achieve my outdoor objectives. I can't wait!"
"I'm truly excited to hear about a dedicated climbing gym opening in Chicago. The designs and the 3-D renderings are awesome... this gym will rock Chicago!"
"Climbers in Chicago have been awaiting a great gym like FA and looked to other cities that had great climbing facilities, but now the tables have turned and other cities will wish they had FA!"
"First Ascent will bring established climbers back into the city limits and make rock climbing available to a whole new audience. I can't wait!"
"The Chicago climbing community is unlike any other in the world and we finally have a world-class gym to call home."