West Communities YMCA


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

Join the Y and save!

At the heart of the YMCA lies the power to transform—both yourself and the world around you. As a non-profit deeply rooted in our communities, it is our mission to provide excellent programs and services to support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

At the Y we provide:

  • exceptional fitness, personal training, sports and aquatics programs
  • extensive preschool, school-age and teen programs
  • fun family and community programs and events
  • volunteer and mentoring opportunities
  • and so much more!

* Savings amount depends on membership category joiner fee.


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

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, January 2, 2015, 6–9 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, January 9, 2015, 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 member / $5 non-member

Movie Night Includes:

  • Movie
  • Refreshments 
  • Arts & Crafts 
  • Games


Teen Night

Friday, January 16, 2015, 6–9 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.


Family Fitness and Fun Fair

Friday, January 23, 5-7 p.m.

Attend our FREE Fitness and Program Fair, Friday, January 23, 5-7 p.m., for a hours of fitness and fun! Sample a class, participate in one of our fitness challenges, learn more about our upcoming programs and more!

This event is free and open to the community so bring your family and friends!


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



Member spotlight

If you look in the dictionary under the word “survival,” you will find a picture of Edmund “Dean” Dombrowski. Dean has been a member of the West Communities YMCA since 2001. Each day, be it cold, hot, raining or snowing, Dean comes to the Y.

Within the past few years, Dean has been diagnosed with cancer (now in remission), has had a ruptured appendix, and a herniated stomach, all which led to a number
of surgeries, including his shoulder.

After each battle, he returns to the Y, has his coffee and starts his day. After awhile, his doctor restricted him from certain physical activities. But that did not stop him from coming to the Y. After healing from surgery, you’d find him in the pool paying tribute to the water or in the fitness center walking the treadmill.

Dean has been an inspiration to many of us at West Communities. No cough, sneeze, ache or pain compares to his bravery. He keeps us from complaining about our minor
afflictions. Often ask, “how are you today?” Dean replies, “I don’t know how much more I can take.” Yet he bears it and continues his daily activities. Nickenamed “pin cushion,” Dean’s endurance is a true meaning of survival.



West Communities YMCA
6235 S. Homan Ave.
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 2015

Summer Day Camp 2015

Facility Schedules

Pool Schedule


Session & Registration Dates

Session Member Non-member
Winter Jan. 4-Feb. 14 Dec. 8 Dec. 15
Spring I
Feb. 15-Apr. 11
Jan. 23 Feb. 2
Spring II
Apr. 12-Jun. 6
Jan. 23 Mar. 13



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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