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

Parent's Night Out

Friday, April 11, 2014, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Have errands to run or just want to spend a little quality time with your spouse or that special someone, but need to find a babysitter for your kids? Look no further. Bring your children to the Y for a movie, snacks and fun activities! The March event was a great success and you don’t want to miss April! Pre-registration is highly recommended.

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

Movie Night Includes:

  • Movie
  • Refreshments
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Games


Easter Egg Hunt

Friday, April 18, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Come join us for our Center Wide Easter Egg Hunt. All are welcome to participate!
Also, during the event join our free Family Fitness and Aqua Zumba classes. Don’t miss out! Ages 1 – 12 are welcome!


Aqua ZumbaThon

Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Dive in and enjoy. Using the natural resistance of water to get your heart healthy and your body toned, we’ll help you break free from your normal routine with aerobics and resistance training that harnesses your natural body buoyancy to give you a great workout. Goggles are optional, but fun is mandatory!

Bring your children to the Y before class for our Easter Egg Hunt and after class for some Family Fitness Fun!

Cost: $5/person (Members if you bring a paid friend, you get in FREE!) Ages 9 and up are welcome!


A free, community event for kids and families.

April 26, 2014, 11a.m.-2p.m.
RSVP Today!

Today, according to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 15 percent of Illinois children aged 2-4 years are obese and more than 15 percent of adolescents in Illinois were overweight. In addition, in a recent KIDS COUNT® data snapshot, the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that 80 percent of lower-income fourth graders and 66 percent of all kids are not reading proficiently - a key predictor of a student’s future educational and economic success. Furthermore, when the school year ends, the physical and educational health of many kids worsens.

To kick-start physical activity and learning now and throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids – on Saturday, April 26, the YMCA of Metro Chicago is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with free community events across the Chicagoland area for kids and families. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features child and family friendly activities sure to get the whole family immersed in physical activity and learning fun!

Here is just a sample of some of the exciting activities we have planned:

  • YMCA of Metro Chicago Jumping Jack Challenge – all YMCA of Metro Chicago centers will work together to reach their goal of completing a collective 500,000 jumping jacks at their Healthy Kids Day® events. All participants will receive a Healthy Kids Day Jumping Jack Challenge certificate and the top 10 participants with the highest number of jumping jacks will receive a exclusive CYBEX pedometer.
  • Family Group Fitness Classes—Bring the whole family to participate in group fitness classes especially designed for members of the whole family.
  • Summer Reading Program Kick Off —Many of our Ys are partnering with their community’s local libraries to incentivize kids to read over the summer. All of our summer camps will be incorporating this reading initiative into their summer programming.
  • Essay Contest and Coloring/Art Contest—Calling all Picassos and Mark Twains through 15 years old! Sharpen your writing and coloring and artisitc skills by participating in our “What the Y Means to Me” essay or coloring/art contests. Winners will be announced at our Healthy Kids Day events!
  • Visits From Local Firemen and Policemen—Local firemen and policemen will be attending the event to share helpful safety tips to children and families.
  • Dieticians and Nutritionists—Local diet and nutrition experts will be on hand to share important information with families to help them keep a healthy diet.
  • Healthy Recipe Share—Members from across the association will share their favorite healthy recipes to be assembled into a personalized cookbook the day of the event.
  • And so much more!


"At the YMCA's Healthy Kids Day events, we will focus on health and education-related activities to ensure participants learn about nutrition, exercise and other preventable health diseases. Our health focus, combined with fun learning activities, will ensure that fewer children are at risk for childhood obesity or diabetes and be successful in school. It's never too early to help children learn about healthy living," said Richard Malone, President and CEO, YMCA of Metro Chicago.  “Research shows that during the summer, children are more likely to gain weight and fall behind academically than during the school year.  Healthy Kids Day is not just a single day of fun, active play and learning--it's a kickoff to help families get a jump start on creating a healthier summer for their children.”

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development.
  • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs. Bike rides, etc.
  • Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
  • Lead By Example – Be a good role model – kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how important it is to stay healthy.


Participate in a Healthy Kids Day!
The YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Healthy Kids Day events take place will take place April 26, 2014, 11a.m.-2p.m. Please RSVP to make your entry into the event quick and easy!


FREE Summer Arts Program (sponsored by Read Look Create)

Saturdays June 21 – August 9, 2014, 12:30-2:30p.m.

Art may seem like fun and games -- and it is! -- but you may not realize that your child is actually learning a lot through exploring the arts and activities. Your children will gain useful life skills through art, so encourage them to get creative, and you will quickly see that your children are picking up skills like communication, fine motor skills, self-expression and so much more.

Register today! Ages 3–12 are welcome!


Y Kids Zone

Daily, Monday–Friday evenings, 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


Summer Day Camp

Going to summer camp is not only a memory that your child will cherish forever, but it also has the potential to change their life. Register your child for an exciting summer filled with opportunities to learn and grow. Spaces fill up fast so don’t delay!

Summer Day Camp includes:

  • Daily Lunch / Snack
  • Before and After care available
  • Weekly Trip
  • Swimming
  • Sports
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Summer Learning and so much more!



Member Spotlight

Manuel Ruiz

Meet our member of the month, Manuel "Manny" Ruiz! Manny has been a member since March 2013 and joined the Y to not only get in shape but to help his father improve his health.

Manny Ruiz

Manny is no stranger to the bench press machine. He understands it not only builds upper body strength but improves his flexibility and cardiovascular and definitely allows him to relieve stress. Because he is so dedicated to meeting his personal fitness goals other members are inspired. Manny loves to give advice and assist the members when needed.

We appreciate Manny and are fortunate to have him as a member at West Communities Y. Look for Manny the next time you stop by the Fitness Center.



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

Spring 2014
All Programs
[English] [Spanish]
Winter 2013
All Programs
[English] [Spanish]

Facility Schedules

Pool Schedule

Session Dates

Spring II: April 13-June 7
Summer Session I: June 8-July 12*
Summer Session II: July 13-August 16*
Summer Session III: August 17-30

*Overlapping with Sessions I & II we are also offering 2-week Aquatics classes.


Registration Dates

Spring II Session runs Apr 13-Jun 7

Member registration begins Jan. 27*
Non-member registration begins Mar. 31

*Note: Member Spring II Aquatics class registration begins Mar. 17

Summer Session I Session runs Jun 8-July 12
Summer Session II Session runs July 13-Aug 16
Summer Session III Session runs Aug 17-30

Member registration for all sessions begins Apr 25.
Non-member registration for all sessions begins May 12.


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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