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Metro YMCA News

Celebrate Halloween at the YMCA This October!

Bring your friends and neighbors! These events are open to the community.

September 20, 2017

Join Us in Celebrating Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week is September 15-24, 2017. Join us by showing the world that you live in a welcoming community.

September 15, 2017

Why You Should Stand Up, Right Now (And Every 30 Minutes)

A new study suggests an easy way to combat your sedentary office lifestyle.

September 12, 2017

6 Things For Families To Do in Chicago This September

Most of them are 100% free! There's something for everyone this month in every corner of Chicagoland.

September 08, 2017

Stay and Play at the YMCA ELDC

Wednesdays this Fall, the YMCA Center in West Loop invites families to “Stay and Play” as they learn more about our Early Learning Demonstration Center.

September 07, 2017

South Chicago YMCA Closing Doors After 90 Years

The South Chicago YMCA is closing its doors after serving the neighborhood near 91st and Commercial for more than 90 years. (ABC 7)

September 07, 2017

South Chicago YMCA Closing as Y Fiscal Constraints Force Reallocation

The South Chicago YMCA at 3039 E. 91st St., will shut its doors Oct. 31, due to budget constraints that have forced a system-wide reassessment by the YMCA of Metro Chicago. (Chicago Sun-Times)

September 06, 2017

Why Afterschool Care Matters

One in five children don't have someone to care for them after school. The Y is here to help.

September 06, 2017

Meet Chico Tillmon, YSVP’s New Executive Director

After 16 years in prison, Chico is a few months away from his PhD. Here's his story, and his plan for the future of our Youth Safety and Violence Prevention programs.

September 04, 2017

5 Healthy Living Tips for the Entire Family

During National Childhood Obesity Awareness month, focus on working together as a family to break unhealthy habits and make new, healthier ones.

September 01, 2017

A Back-to-School Checklist for Families

The end of summer can be stressful for parents, but it doesn't have to be. Here are 7 tips for an easier transition.

August 23, 2017

Fall 2017 Programs Are Now Open for Registration!

Fall 1 programs begin Tuesday, September 5. Register today!

August 21, 2017

How to Enjoy the Solar Eclipse Safely with Your Family

Where to get free eclipse glasses and how to watch the event safely from Chicago.

August 17, 2017

Urban Warriors Veteran and Youth Featured in Viral Facebook Video

These veterans are mentoring young people in Chicago to help them cope with neighborhood violence. (NowThis)

August 08, 2017

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Visits the South Side YMCA

Senator Dick Durbin visited Early Education & Care and Day Camp programs and read from the book “Fix it!” by Head Start student Dikota Powell.

August 08, 2017

8 Ways for Families to Have Fun in Chicago This August

Check out what fun events and activities are happening this month in the city!

August 01, 2017

How Enrolling Your Child In Sports Can Help Boost Grades in School

Research shows that students involved in certain types physical activities perform better in the classroom.

July 27, 2017

Join Us at a Family Resource Fair at Dr. Effie O. Ellis YMCA Head Start

Come and see what the different vendors have to offer and take advantage of the different activities, giveaways and more.

July 27, 2017

YMCA Breaks Ground on McCormick YMCA Expansion

The McCormick YMCA expansion broke ground Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The facility will accommodate the community with much-needed pools and swimming lessons. (DNAInfo, Chicago Tribune)

July 26, 2017

What Parents Need to Know About Sending Their Children to Camp for the First Time

Camp is a special time for children of all ages but can be stressful for parents who aren't used to the separation. Here's some advice from experts on how to overcome the worry.

July 25, 2017

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