West Communities YMCA


Dedicated to serving the needs of Chicago Lawn, West Lawn, Gage Park, Ashburn and West Englewood for 60 years.

We're A Community. Not just a gym.

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.  See why so many call the YMCA home.

Facility Features

  • Activtrax Virtual Training/Nutrition Program
  • Pool
  • Free weights
  • Group exercise
  • Child care
  • Senior friendly programs
  • Personal training


Special Events


YMCA Early Learning Seminar Series & Career Fair For Early Childhood Professionals

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 3:30-7 p.m.
Chicago Lakeshore Hotel
4900 S. Lake Shore Drive

Early Learning and Development professionals will have the opportunity to learn from outside experts and discover how the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is impacting children and families in our 12 Head Start, Early Head Start, pre-school and other child care programs in Chicago and the suburbs.

Learn more.


After School

The After School Program philosophy states that school-age children need a safe, stimulating environment after school where they can develop in a positive manner. Staff fosters this development by offering age-appropriate activities that include social, physical, creative and emotional opportunities for growth. School-age children are an integral part of the curriculum planning and implementation, and are empowered to make their own choices regarding how they spend the after school hours.

This program features:

  • Homework Help
  • Gym & Swim
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Healthy Kids Activities
  • Snack
  • And More!

Contact the center for more information.


Family Night
Friday, September 5, 2014, 6–8 p.m.

Weekdays and nights can be pretty hectic! Join us at West Communities YMCA for a night of fun for the whole family.

This FREE event includes open swim, access to the fitness center, board games, family fitness, snacks and more!

No need to pre-register, just bring the family and stop on by!


Parent’s Night Out
Friday, September 12, 2014, 6–9 p.m.

The Y knows that every parent benefits from some time to enjoy for themselves. Bring your children to the Y for a movie, snacks and fun activities! The June event was a great success and you don’t want to miss July! Pre-registration is highly recommended.

Cost per child: $2.50/m, $5/nm

Movie Night Includes:

  • Movie
  • Refreshments
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Games


Teen Night
Friday, September 19, 2014, 6–8 p.m.

Do you have a child ages 13-17 and you would like for them to enjoy a safe night out with their friends. Then search no further your teen and their friends can join us for a free night of fun, music and expression.


Member Appreciation
Wednesday, September 30, 2014, 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

As a gesture of THANKS to our members, West Communities YMCA is celebrating Member Appreciation Day all day, Wednesday September 30th. Stop by and pick up a special gift from us to you for your continued support.


Y Kids Zone
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m.

With our babysitting service your kids get a fun and safe place to play while you get the freedom to work out! Our staff is CPR, First Aid and Child Abuse Prevention certified. We can even help with homework!

Ages: 6 weeks - 8 years


Staff Spotlight

Christina “Tina” Cruz

Christina started at the YMCA June of 1999. Before working for the Y Christina worked for Nick’s Fish Market for 9 years. She said the reason for her coming to the Y was because of her family and that she wanted change and she’s been with Y ever since. 15 years and loving it.

When asked what keeps her at the Y Tina responded by saying she stays here because if she likes what she does and she loves the members. She isn’t the only one involved in the Y . Her children learned how to swim here, they worked for the Y as counselors and lifeguards and now her daughter Gabrielle Jimenez is the Program Manager at West Communities.

Tina ended by stating that the Y has been a great part of her and her family’s lives.

Stop by and congratulate Tina on 15 years of service!



West Communities YMCA
6235 South Homan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60629
phone: 773-434-0300

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 6:45 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Program Guide

Facility Schedules

Pool Schedule


Session Dates

Fall Session I: Aug. 31 -Oct. 25
Fall Session II: Oct. 26-Dec. 20


Registration Dates

Session Member Non-member
Fall I
Aug 31-Oct 25
Aug 4 Aug 18
Fall II
Oct 26-Dec 20
Aug 4* Oct 13


* Aquatics member registration for Fall II begins Sep 29



Type: Monthly Fee: Joiner Fee:
Youth $20 $20
Adult (ages 19-26) $24.99 $24.99
Adult (ages 27+) $40 $40
Family $57 $57
Household $67 $67


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