At the heart of the YMCA lies the power to transform—both yourself and the world around you. From our exceptional fitness, personal training, sports and aquatics programs, to our extensive preschool and school-age programs, to our fun family and community events, the Y offers an array of options focused on strengthening bodies, minds and communities.
When you are involved with the Y, you help bring about lasting personal and social change. Whether you want to nurture the potential of children, improve your family’s health, or give back to your neighbors, your involvement with the Y will positively impact your community.
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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.
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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:
exceptional fitness, personal training, sports and aquatics programs for all skill levels
state-of-the-art fitness equipment based on the latest exercise science and research to give you an unparalleled workout experience
an inclusive judgement free community of caring staff and members dedicated to helping you suceed in meeting your health and wellness goals
extensive preschool, school-age and teen programs focused on preparing children for academic and personal success
fun family and community programs and events that provide opportunites for engaging, quality family time
rewarding volunteer and mentoring opportunities
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
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!
Ready to get started?
You can start your Y membership in two ways:
Call us at 773-905-5115 to secure your membership over the phone Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pick up your membership card the first time you visit and get started! You'll be asked to have your photo taken, issued a Y membership card, asked to sign your application paperwork and then you are ready for your first workout!
Stop into your local Y. You'll get a tour of the Y and information about the benefits and classes included in your membership.
Complete a membership application.You can fill out the application after your tour or print itnow and bring it with you to the Y.
Grab your membership card and get started!You'll be issued a Y membership card and you are ready for your first workout!
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.