LINCOLN PARK — Brooklyn Boulders, an indoor rock climbing facility and event space, is coming to Lincoln Park.
The company, which has a location at 100 S. Morgan St. in the West Loop, plans to occupy the former Treasure Island grocery store at Market Square Shopping Center, 2121 N. Clybourn Ave, according to a letter to residents from Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd). The letter says the company intends to open the facility this year.
Treasure Island, the beloved local grocery chain that first opened in 1963, closed all of its locations in 2018.
“The underlying zoning at Market Square allows for this concept to open without the need for a zoning change or special use applications,” the letter said.
Hopkins has scheduled an informational meeting with the climbing company for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Lakeshore Fitness, 1320 W. Fullerton Ave.
The company touts itself as more than just a climbing wall, saying they “foster community by merging fitness with art, co-working, and events,” according to its website.
Day passes cost $25. Monthly memberships are $125 plus a $100 activation fee. Classes are available for beginners, intermediates, and advanced climbers. The West Loop location also screens adventure films at the building.
In the letter, Hopkins said the facility will include climbing walls, plus “event space, saunas, open fitness areas, youth programs, a cafe, and more.”
Block Club previously reported the company could open a gym at 2418 N. Milwaukee Ave in Logan Square. The required zoning change for that location was passed by the full City Council in November, and could bring a 40,000 square-foot climbing facility to a renovated Hollander building.
Mitch Goltz of GW Properties, developer of the Logan Square site, told Block Club it’s possible the company could open a location in both Logan Square and Lincoln Park, saying GW Properties is “proceeding with Brooklyn Boulders” in their revamped building in the heart of Logan Square.
If both locations proceed, they’d only be about 2 miles from each other.
Brooklyn Boulders did not immediately respond to questions on either location.
In addition to the West Loop, the company has two locations in Brooklyn and another just outside Boston.
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