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For a Better US, Join the Y For Free

Join the Y September 26-October 10 and we'll completely waive your joiner fee! Plues, receive up to 50% off on most programs as a member.

At the Y membership means more. Take advantage of everything from group exercise and fitness equipment to improve well-being, to competitive sports and volunteer opportunities to build character and self-esteem, to youth development programs that nurture potential through learning and play. The truth is, there is no other place that can offer what the Y does.


Register your Fall programs today!

Fall session 1 programs registration is underway. Member registration for Fall 2 begins now. Join today and start saving up to 50% on most programs.


Why join the Y? Because we're a cause for strengthening community.

We're more than a gym—we are a community committed to strengthening bodies, minds and neighborhoods. For over 160 years the Y's mission has been dedicated to building healthy, confident and secure children, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good. Because at the Y your joining more than a gym, you’re joining a nonprofit community committed to transforming lives—inside and out.

At the Y we provide:

Most importantly, we provide opportunities for all for reach their full potential. As a nonprofit, we offer financial assistance to ensure that everyone is able to learn, grow and thrive.

Membership benefits include:

  • No contracts, no hidden fees
  • Tons of free group fitness classes
  • Free fitness consultations
  • Child care services while you workout
  • Access to 21 YMCAs in the Chicago Metro area
  • Rewarding volunteer opportunities
  • Program and camp discounts
  • Priority program registration
  • Free Family Fun Nights
  • Earn a FREE month when a friend joins
  • Guest passes for friends and family

Financial Assistance

The Y welcomes everyone and offers financial assistance to qualifying applicants. Visit or call your local Y to discuss this option and enroll in person.

See why so many call the YMCA home. Be our guest, or take a tour today!

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Ready to get started?

You can start your Y membership in two ways:

By phone:

In person:

The YMCA of Metro Chicago Association includes 21 YMCAs in the Chicagoland area. If you are looking for a YMCA that is not in our Association, you can also visit the YMCA of the USA to find a YMCA near you. Please note that membership offers of the YMCA of Metro Chicago are not transferable to YMCAs outside of the YMCA of Metro Chicago Association.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of disability. In accordance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), all YMCA centers associated with the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago invite people with disabilities to enjoy Y programs and facilities. The YMCA will make every effort to include members with disabilities in its programs, and will work together with the parent or caregiver to determine what reasonable modifications will be effective for the member with a disability. For more information about the YMCA Inclusion process, contact us at