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YMCA of Metro Chicago Diversity and Inclusion Position

The Y values an environment that fosters respect, fairness, and appreciation for all aspects of diversity. We share the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and supports member diversity in every sense, including gender identity.

July 13, 2016

Join the Y for a Back-to-Class Block Party This August

Join the Y for a Back-to-Class Block Party This August

Celebrate the back-to-class season with free, family-friendly games and activities throughout Chicagoland.

July 27, 2016

8 Reasons Why All Children Should Attend Preschool

8 Reasons Why All Children Should Attend Preschool

The short- and long-term effects of preschool programs and the importance of program quality.

July 25, 2016

A “Pokemon Go” Guide to Chicago YMCAs

A “Pokemon Go” Guide to Chicago YMCAs

If you've been on social media recently (or watched the news), you know that Nintendo's new gaming app, Pokémon Go, is taking the world by storm.

July 21, 2016

Let’s Move! Outside Chicago Helps YMCA Campers Earn Junior Ranger Badges

Let’s Move! Outside Chicago Helps YMCA Campers Earn Junior Ranger Badges

On Thursday July 14, 2016, twenty-five YMCA campers from LEARN Charter Academy embarked on an adventure to explore the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

July 21, 2016

6 Tips for a Healthier Picnic

6 Tips for a Healthier Picnic

July is National Picnic Month, and the weather is perfect for a picnic in the park. Though it can be tempting to pick up a bag of potato chips, there are plenty of healthy alternatives that are just as delicious. Here are six tips for a healthier picnic, including more nutritious choices and food and sun safety.

July 20, 2016

Want to Burn More Calories? Exercise With a Friend.

Want to Burn More Calories? Exercise With a Friend.

Over and over again, research has proven that exercising with a friend (or friends) comes with huge benefits, from increasing your motivation to speeding up your gains. Another reason to work out with a friend? You'll burn calories faster thanks to a little thing called envy.

July 19, 2016

YMCA Summer Food Programs Combat Child Hunger

YMCA Summer Food Programs Combat Child Hunger

Y centers are giving children access to healthy meals and enrichment activities throughout the summer

July 14, 2016

Get fit faster by working out with friends

Get fit faster by working out with friends

Take advantage of the physical benefits of working out with your bestie, starting today!

July 12, 2016

Running a race this year? Train with a friend!

Running a race this year? Train with a friend!

Working out with a friend can increase motivation ... and fun!

July 06, 2016

Friends are Free in July!

Friends are Free in July!

This offer is open to friends of YMCA members who visit with their member friend. There are no limitations on the amount of times friend(s) can join you in July. Just be sure to check-in at the front desk each time you bring your friend(s). Limit 3 friends per visit.

July 01, 2016

Let’s Move! Outside and Explore this Summer

Let’s Move! Outside and Explore this Summer

Let’s Move! Outside in July with Kid Fest, a film series or a trip to a national park!

June 29, 2016

Independence Day reflections from an Urban Warriors veteran

Independence Day reflections from an Urban Warriors veteran

The YMCA commemorates our veterans on the Fourth of July.

June 29, 2016

Saturdays (and friends) are free at the Y this July!

Saturdays (and friends) are free at the Y this July!

Give the Y a try for free. Already a member? Bring a friend or two and save.

June 29, 2016

Need motivation to get in shape? Friends can help!

Need motivation to get in shape? Friends can help!

Research proves that social support makes exercise more fun.

June 29, 2016

Eddie Bocanegra speaks to WTTW Chicago Tonight about the “code of silence”

Eddie Bocanegra speaks to WTTW Chicago Tonight about the “code of silence”

WTTW Chicago Tonight correspondent Brandis Friedman talked with Eddie Bocanegra, executive director of the Youth Safety & Violence Prevention initiative, about the code of silence that's often pervasive on the streets of Chicago.

June 28, 2016

The University of Chicago hosts YSVP’s Urban Warriors recognition ceremony

The University of Chicago hosts YSVP’s Urban Warriors recognition ceremony

Celebrating the many achievements of YSVP’s Urban Warriors

June 28, 2016

Maren Wickwire’s refugee photo exhibition features a YMCA family

Maren Wickwire’s refugee photo exhibition features a YMCA family

"I Miss You All" features a Kurdish-Iraqi refugee family whose son attends Head Start at the High Ridge Y

June 23, 2016

3 healthy alternatives for summer parties and celebrations

3 healthy alternatives for summer parties and celebrations

Avoid high-sugar treats and low-activity rituals for a healthier celebration

June 21, 2016

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Receives $1.4 Million Grant From The Robert R. McCormick Foundation

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Receives $1.4 Million Grant From The Robert R. McCormick Foundation

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago receives $1.4 million teacher & leader training grant for Early Learning Program from Robert R. McCormick Foundation

June 20, 2016

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