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.
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:
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!
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.
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:
"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:
Participate in a Healthy Kids Day!
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:
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.
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
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 6:45 a.m.–10 p.m.
Spring II: April 13-June 7
*Overlapping with Sessions I & II we are also offering 2-week Aquatics classes.
Spring II Session runs Apr 13-Jun 7
Member registration begins Jan. 27*
*Note: Member Spring II Aquatics class registration begins Mar. 17
Summer Session I Session runs Jun 8-July 12
Member registration for all sessions begins Apr 25.