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May 162016

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Breaking news! We’re SO excited to share it with you! Not only will we open our flagship Chicago gym at 1301 N Kingsbury, but we will also open a 2nd satellite bouldering yoga & fitness facility to the north.

Read on for our full press release.

Planet Granite Chicago Plans Include Satellite Bouldering Gym

Chicago expansion to include a second large bouldering gym with yoga and fitness.

 The second site at the Southwest corner of the intersection of N. Sheffield Ave. and W. Diversey Parkway will offer North Chicagoans a huge selection of quality climbing. This satellite bouldering gym is about two miles north of Planet Granite’s location at 1301 N. Kingsbury St.

“Being able to offer a bouldering gym that both complements our flagship location at Kingsbury and operates as a stand-alone facility enables us to better serve the community and provide a ton of variety,” says Stephanie Ko Pound, Sr. Dir. of Marketing. “This bouldering gym will be an amazing facility in a great location, providing additional value to our members by offering a second location in such close range.”

Located by a major metro stop, this expansive bouldering gym will have 24,000 square feet of space in a new custom designed building. The climbing facility will be on the second and third floors above a street level retail and will incorporate tons of windows and balconies to give a three-dimensional feel to the space. That brings the combined size for the PG Chicago sites to nearly 70,000 square feet. Both gyms will include yoga and fitness facilities—the combination is a signature characteristic of Planet Granite.

Planet Granite began with a family of gyms that grew together in the Bay Area, so this model is tested and true. Each gym has its own dedicated expert staffers to coach youth teams, to set routes and to lead yoga and fitness training. The close proximity of the gyms enables our members to climb regularly at a nearby facility but then travel to other facilities for new terrain.

“There is a good community of climbers in the Northwest corridor along Milwaukee and we hope to have an announcement about a third facility there soon,” says Pound. “Our goal is to open a pod of facilities in the Northwest quadrant of Chicago to give a similar variety of climbing as we offer with our three Bay Area facilities.”

The Chicago gyms will be built from scratch with the same focus as other PG gyms: serving the broad community of climbers and yogis by responding to the needs of individual passionate athletes who make up the whole.

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We’re excited to release the first look at Planet Granite Chicago!  These four videos will give you glimpse of what Planet Granite Chicago will be.  With four stories and 45,000 sq. ft. of space, this gym is the culmination of everything we have learned in nearly 25 years of business.

The extensive roped climbing will start on the 3rd floor and expand into the 4th floor, where there will be more kids climbing and a beautiful yoga studio.

The 2nd floor opens up into the expansive bouldering area with terrain for all levels.

The entrance to Planet Granite Chicago will showcase the huge fitness and weight area, plus a dedicated fitness studio and our full service restrooms, complete with showers, lockers and a sauna.

Our second ground-up build, Planet Granite Chicago is a unique opportunity to create a beautiful stunning multi-level space.

Not sold on animations? Take a look at this tour video of our most recent gym, Planet Granite Portland which opened in November 2014.  Planet Granite Chicago will be 50% larger than our Portland location, which industry insiders have called the next generation of climbing gyms.

For more information about PG Chicago, opening 2018, read our initial announcement.

Stay tuned for more information!  We hope you are as excited as we are!

Tip of the Week: Slacklining with Rachel

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Apr 252016

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Slacklining can seem like an intimidating thing, but with Rachel’s easy tips that break it down, it’s super easy to try it out!

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Planet Granite Is Expanding!

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Apr 202016

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Good morning, Planet Granite members!

We’re thrilled to share news that we think you’ll be as psyched on as we are – we’re opening a fifth location in Chicago!  Windy City, here we come.  ETA: 2018.

Here are all the exciting details for now—more news to come soon!

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Planet Granite to Open New Location in Chicago in 2018

45,000-square-foot facility will be the largest climbing, yoga, and fitness gym in the U.S.

April 20, 2016 – San Francisco, California: Planet Granite is excited to announce our expansion to a fifth location in Chicago, Illinois!  Slated to open in 2018 with a massive 45,000 square feet of space, it will provide the complete experience for which Planet Granite gyms are known, giving members and guests a tremendous variety of climbing alongside high-quality, diverse yoga classes and fitness offerings.

“We have a unique opportunity to build, from the ground up, a custom-designed and truly world-class facility, which will be the largest of its kind in the country,” said Micky Lloyd, founder of Planet Granite. “Chicago is a wonderful city full of athletic and outdoor folks, and we look forward to creating a superb gym for them to train in.”

The gym, Planet Granite’s first outside of the West Coast, will embrace the spirit we’ve cultivated since opening 22 years ago: we provide a home for new climbers and experts alike. That means our climbing routes, classes, and community cater to climbers of all ages and levels of experience.

At each of our gyms, Planet Granite offers about 50 in-house yoga and fitness classes weekly, which are included with our memberships and day passes.  We’re proud to hire experienced yoga and fitness instructors to lead our classes, recognizing that our members are not only climbers—they are athletes, and are passionate about all types of activities.

The Chicago gym situated near the north side of the city will offer:

  • Four-story facility
  • Bouldering, top rope, and lead climbing
  • Full schedule of studio-quality yoga classes
  • Dedicated room for group fitness classes
  • Open floor plan fitness space with extensive equipment, including weights and cardio
  • Comprehensive climbing training areas
  • Fully stocked gear shop
  • Spacious locker rooms with additional amenities

Planet Granite Chicago will have about 50% more space than Planet Granite’s largest existing gym in Portland, Oregon.

“There are several good climbing gyms in town and we look forward to working with them to help grow the climbing community,” Lloyd said. “We are also excited for the growth of Planet Granite and the opportunity that this gives our great team.”

The new location will continue a tradition of innovation showcased in our most recent project, our multi-story flagship Portland location, which opened in November 2014 and has been praised in the industry as an example of the next generation of climbing gyms.

Press Contact: Stephanie Ko Pound






PG Climbing Basics – Episode 9 – Hand Matching and other hand positioning tips with Ford

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Mar 282016

PG Climbing Basics Episode 9: Hand Matching and other hand positioning tips from Planet Granite on Vimeo.

These videos are a great review for both experienced climbers and new ones.  We hope you enjoy them!  Bookmark this page so you can reference these videos later!

Episode 9: Hand Matching

This week’s Climbing Basics video was requested!  Learn all about the tricky skills of matching holds – it’s not always as simple as it sounds.


At your gyms systems board, choose a variety of holds from big to small to practice matching.   With your feet on the wall, reach up to grab the hold, and then using the different techniques outlined in the video, grab it with your other hand.  See which type you prefer on different holds.   Don’t forget to try both sides.  Moving your feet to different footholds will change the match as well!

Crux of the Week – Purple V7 @PG Belmont

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Mar 212016



CRUX OF THE WEEK – Purple V7 @PG Belmont

PG Belmont Front Desk Instructor Sean shows us the sweet toe hook beta on a sweet V7!
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