Hustle Chicago Event Details

Hustle Chicago® stair climb is tentatively Sunday, February 23, 2025.

Every year people climb to the top of 875 N. Michigan Ave. (former Hancock Building) to raise funds for Respiratory Health Association’s programs, which support people living with lung disease and promote clean air.

 

Have questions? Email us at specialevents@resphealth.org or call 312-628-0200.

Why Climb?

Some climb for the individual fitness accomplishment. Others dedicate their efforts to honor or remember a loved one. Many participants say they or someone they know have been impacted by asthma, COPD, lung cancer, COVID-19, or other lung diseases. Whatever your reason, we can’t wait to see you at the finish line!

In addition to your reserved climb spot, all climbers will receive an event t-shirt, bib, finisher’s medal, and entry to the Hustle Chicago After Party next door at the Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile Suites, featuring local and national vendors who provide food, drinks, and plenty of other goodies.

The Climb

FULL CLIMB SPONSORED BY OMRON: 94 FLOORS – 1,632 STEPS

Registration Fee: $55 – Fundraising Minimum: $150

The Full Climb sponsored by Omron ranges from 7:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m. Please note that for health and safety, we schedule participants throughout that timeframe so your specific climb time could fall anywhere in that range.

The Full Climb sponsored by Omron ends in 360 CHICAGO. Soaring 1,000 feet over legendary Michigan Avenue is one of the city’s most unique attractions – 360 CHICAGO. Located on the 94th floor, 360 CHICAGO offers breathtaking views of Chicago’s skyline, lakefront, and four neighboring states.

HALF CLIMB: 42 FLOORS – 675 STEPS

Registration Fee: $35 – Fundraising Minimum: $100

The Half Climb ranges from 8:00 a.m. until approximately 10:00 a.m. Please note that for health and safety, we schedule participants throughout that timeframe so your specific climb time could fall anywhere in that range.

The Half Climb ends on the 42nd floor, and climbers are invited to visit 360 CHICAGO after their climb.

VIRTUAL CLIMB

Required Donation: $10

Even if you cannot make the in-person climb, you can still help people living with asthma, COPD, lung cancer, COVID-19 and other lung diseases. Sign up for the Hustle Virtual Climb!

Make the fitness challenge a fun part of the virtual experience. Climb on your own in the gym, your basement, or your building’s stairwell. However, there is no requirement to prove you’ve climbed 94 flights on your own. Your key role as a virtual climber is making a difference through fundraising.

Virtual climbers who raise $100 or more will receive a Hustle Chicago t-shirt, bib, and commemorative medal.

Check back before November 1 for more information on fundraising deadlines!

Want to climb with friends and family? Create a team! A $50 team fee paid by the team captain guarantees consecutive start times, a professional team photo, team awards (upon qualifying), and team packet delivery to the captain’s home.

Corporate Climb

Build employee camaraderie while showcasing your company’s commitment to physical wellness, community involvement and corporate philanthropy  in one of Chicago’s most iconic and visible charity events.

While general event participants commit to fundraising $150, Corporate Climb participants keep a $100 fundraising minimum.

Click here to download our Corporate Climb and Sponsorship Package details.

Not interested in climbing but still want to support healthy lungs and clean air? We’ve got you covered with packages that meet your company’s marketing objectives!

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Lung Health Champions

Lung Health Champions, who commit to raising $1,000 to support RHA’s programs, receive several benefits including:

  • Early registration. Beat the rush of general registration and secure your spot. Lung Health Champion registration opens on October 16.
  • Premium Hustle Chicago® stair climb shirt.
  • Your choice of start times. Want to climb early? Need time to get downtown? Provide your preferred start times during registration and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note: if you are climbing with a team, you may not receive your first choice of climb time.
  • Invitation to a VIP reception Hustle weekend.
  • An incentive prize that may include apparel or an accessory.
  • Personal fundraising coach. Your coach will help you create a plan to reach your $1,000 fundraising goal and provide support along the way.

To become a Lung Health Champion, choose the “Lung Health Champion” or LHC option during registration.

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Special Climb Divisions

We offer two other divisions to recognize the unique interests and needs of climbers. Explore these options below and selection your division of choice when registering.

ELITE CLIMB

If you’re among the fastest on two feet, you may be eligible to join the Elite Climb.

The first place male and first place female receive a complimentary registration for themselves and the first spots in the following year’s Elite Climb. The Elite Climb will begin at 7:00 a.m. on event day.

Qualifying criteria to be considered for the Elite Climb:

  • Results must be from a comparable stair climb, at least 50 floors+, such as:
    • Canada Life CN Tower Climb for WWF (Toronto, Canada)
    • Empire State Building Run-Up (New York, NY)
    • Hustle Chicago® stair climb (Chicago, IL)
    • Step Up for Kids (Chicago, IL)
    • SkyRise Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • If you have competed in a comparable climb (greater than 50 floors) that is not listed above, please include the details of that climb (web address and/or contact information of the race organizers.)
  • You must have placed in the overall top 25 finishers, male or female.
  • Your submitted time must be within the last five years.

How to apply:

Register as an individual for the 94-floor climb and pay the entry fee.  
Please note: it is not possible to be on a team and participate in the Elite Climb.

Submit your results via: a screen shot, an attached finisher’s certificate, an attached print out from an online results page (please highlight or circle your name and time), or a link to your individual race results (please ensure your name and results are the ONLY ones appearing on the page).

After registering please submit your qualifying results to specialevents@resphealth.org with the subject “Elite Climb Application.” Qualifying results must be submitted by December 31.

All applicants will be notified in mid-January if they have been accepted into the Elite Climb.

FIREFIGHTERS CLIMB

Firefighters from across the country join their Chicago-area brethren at Hustle Chicago to honor the firefighters who gave their lives at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

What time do I climb on event day?

All firefighters will climb together at 10:00 a.m. If you are climbing with your firehouse team, see your team captain for information and materials before the event.

What gear can I wear to climb?

Only firefighter helmets and boots are allowed. No gear bags, tanks, hoses, or masks allowed. No turn out gear. All firefighters will receive event t-shirts. We encourage you to wear it or wear your firehouse shirts.

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Hustle Chicago After Party

Climbers and guests are invited to attend the Hustle Chicago After Party, hosted by the Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile Suites just around the corner from 875 N. Michigan Ave. Join other climbers to celebrate with food, drinks, photo ops, and more in a rty atmosphere!

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