Planet Granite Climbing, Yoga and Fitness announced that it will begin construction on two new climbing gyms in Chicago. One location, located directly adjacent to Wrigley Field, will feature three floors and 40,000 square feet of bouldering, yoga and fitness and is slated to open late 2019. The other gym, located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, will boast 40,000 square feet of roped climbing and bouldering terrain, and is expected to open early 2020. Planet Granite is excited to become a part of these remarkable neighborhoods and looks to create a place for the climbing community to gather.
“We think that people in Chicago, who love adventure and fitness, want a place where they can come together and share their passion for climbing,” said Robert Cohen, CEO at Planet Granite and Earth Treks. “We are delighted to have a chance to open two facilities in Chicago and become a part of these iconic and vibrant neighborhoods.”
In 2016 the Planet Granite announced plans for two climbing facilities in Chicago but now those plans have changed.
The Wrigleyville location will have convenient access to the red and brown lines and discounted parking on non-game days in an adjacent lot. “Our Wrigleyville facility will be an incredible experience – much more than a climbing gym,” said Micky Lloyd, head of expansion for Planet Granite and Earth Treks. “The facility will be on three floors wrapped around a central atrium that reaches up 50 feet to skylights on the top of the building. Our weights and cardio equipment will be on a separate floor and will overlook the climbing – the most fun view you can get while working out.”
The Lincoln Park location is nearby to the bustling neighborhoods of River North, Gold Coast, Old Town, Wicker Park and Bucktown, with access to the red line only two blocks away. This new facility will feature 55-foot climbing walls and several balconies overlooking the action. “Lincoln Park is a destination retail area with Apple, REI, Patagonia, Whole Foods and numerous other retailers all within a few blocks. We’re thrilled to have Planet Granite become a part of the already-thriving area,” said Jeff Berta, Senior Director of Real Estate with Structured Development.