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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Outdoor Climbing & Ziplines in the Chicago Area

Climb & Zipline Adventure

Play Like You Mean It

Get ready for the signature activity at The Forge! Climb, zip, rappel, soar, and more. There is an activity for all ages, abilities, and adrenaline levels. You decide where to start and what to do while you play. Our Adventure Guides will ensure you are trained, suited up with gear, and ready to go.
Over 1 mile of ziplines
200+ elements
15 rappel platforms

Climb & Zipline Adventure Details

Weight:
70 lbs. - 250 lbs.
Price:
$95 adult / $85 youth
Availability changes seasonally. Reservations are recommended but not required.

Free Parking & Park Admission

Parking and admission to park are always free — we're a free-to-visit, pay-to-play adventure park.
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Book With Confidence

We get it. Plans sometimes change. We make it easy to cancel and reschedule your reservation.
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Where To Check-In

Park at parking lot 1, walk across the west footbridge to the Climb & Zipline Check-In.
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Something for Everyone

185 Easy Elements
Focus on fun. Get your footing and navigate with ease. Easy elements are clearly marked as levels "1" or "2."
90 Moderate Elements
Maybe you're working your way up to a new challenge, testing the waters, but not quite ready to go full-on daredevil. Look for levels "3" and "4" during your experience.
25 Difficult Elements
You are adventurous, you have no fear! These elements will push your limits. Our most challenging elements are marked level "5."

Do 1 or all 5 Adventures

Ziplines

Fly on 2+ miles of ziplines and take in the stunning quarry views.

Rock Walls

Climb rock walls that will take you 90+ feet in the air.

High Ropes

The fun is endless with 299 high ropes elements to choose from.

Bouldering

Fun, problem-solving rock climbing close to the ground without requiring a harness or ropes.

Freefall & Rapelling

Rappel from 5 unique platforms from as high as 120 feet off the ground.

Activity Information

Available for Special Needs Guests

This activity is available and modified for disabled guests. Visit the Accessibility Page for more information.

Chaperone Requirement
  • Guests 13 years old and younger require adult chaperone and must purchase their own activity pass and actively participate with the child. This chaperone may accompany a maximum of two guests ages 13 and younger.
  • Guests 14-15- must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. This chaperone does not have to actively participate on the course, but does need to monitor the 14-15-year-old from the ground.
  • All participants must also fill out a mandatory participant waiver. 
Health Requirements
  • Guests may not be intoxicated through the use of legal, illegal, or prescribed drugs, or alcohol.
  • Guests cannot be pregnant or have physical limitations that will limit their ability to perform the skills needed on the adventure course.
  • Guests should have no medical conditions which would require immediate medical attention or be exacerbated by participation.
  • Guests must verify they do not have any physical limitations that would keep them from performing the required on-course skills and be able to demonstrate these skills listed below:
    • Proper equipment use
    • Ability to assume proper body position
    • Hiking/Walking (see the accessible course for disabled guests)
    • Proper element use
    • Self-arrest and self-rescue
    • Understanding signals and commands
What to Wear and Bring
  • Dress for the weather!
  • Gloves - For your comfort we recommend full-fingered gloves you can bring your own, or they will be provided at the park.
  • Headcovering recommended for  your comfort—a bandana or baseball cap of your own to be worn under your helmet. Although not required, if you would prefer one, we sell bandanas at the park.
  • Guests must avoid all loose items or they can be lost. For example phones, keys, wallets, cameras, etc. must be secured via a lanyard or strap, or placed in a zippered pocket.
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What Our Guests Are Saying

Safety First! Safety was at the top of their list. All employees paid close attention to detail to ensure our gear was on and adjusted properly.
Kerry
Absolutely amazing experience. The guides were awesome and the courses were well thought out and manageable. Extremely safe and fun adventure. Best ropes course we have ever done.
Tara C.
Great Staff! The staff was very friendly and enthusiastic, and they were especially kind to my son, who gets nervous rappelling. I was very grateful for their reassurance and encouragement.
Kerry H.
Great for all confidence levels. We had a group of 13-18 year-olds. Some were excited, some intimidated. Every member of our group enjoyed it, despite differences in ability and confidence levels. The General Manager walked us through the expectations and motivated, encouraged, and instructed us to have a blast while trusting our safety equipment.
Ike M.
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Safety

We focus on the safety, so you can have all the fun.

Our trained and experienced adventure guides will complete a safety orientation with you, get you fitted with equipment (where applicable), and ensure you are ready to start your adventure.
Groups

Looking for the Ultimate Group Experience?

We got you covered. We've got climb and zip packages for birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate groups, scouts, and more.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to participate?

Participants must be between 52”-6’6” tall and between 70-250 lbs for our Climb + Zipline activity. Full coverage close toed shoes and full fingered gloves are required. Gloves are available for use at the park if you do not have your own.

What else could hinder me from being able to participate?

Pregnancy, intoxication, and conditions requiring immediate medical attention.

What should I wear?

Full coverage close toed shoes and full fingered gloves are required. We recommend dressing for the weather in clothing that allows you to bend, climb, reach, and squat comfortably.

What type of gloves do I need?

Full fingered gloves are required at all times while climbing on the course. We recommend fitted gloves that have a leather or rubber protection on the palms and fingers (e.g. work gloves, gardening gloves). Gloves are available for use if you do not have your own.

What is the difficulty level of the course?

Our course consists of many elements varying from easy to hard. Ask the staff for advice on where to start based on your desired difficulty.

Can my kid climb on their own while I enjoy other activities?
  • Guests 13 years old and younger must also be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Supervising chaperones must purchase their own activity pass and actively accompany and participate on the adventure element with the child, assisting with participation and equipment transfers, and being within close range at all times. Supervising chaperones may accompany a maximum of two guests ages 13 and younger.
  • Guests ages 14-16 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone who is presently on site at the Climb & Zipline Adventure. The adult chaperone for those 14-16 does not have to actively participate on the course, but does need to monitor the 14-16 year old guests from the ground.
Can I take pictures while climbing?

Only when your device is secured to your person by a strap, lanyard, or bag. Loose items while at height is not allowed.

Is the Climbing and Zipline activity possible for disabled guests?

YES! The Forge Adaptive Adventures are designed for disabled visitors to also enjoy exhilarating outdoor activities. Our specialized staff members will work with you on the select activities equipped with adaptive handles, seats, cantilever arms, and more, to best serve your needs. Rest assured, every guest will have a safe and fun experience at the park! Reserve at least 2 weeks in advance.

Where can I put more stuff when climbing?

Personal items can be left in the car or placed in a locker. Lockers located in the container between Ropes Check-in and the Parking Lot #1 Footbridge. Rental is $5 for the whole day with credit card only.

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