At the Y, we strive to strengthen Chicago by promoting academic readiness, character development, violence prevention and fitness and healthy living. A crucial part of our mission is keeping the public up to date on our progress and letting them know how they can help.
April 24, 2017 — YMCA of Metro Chicago centers across Chicagoland are hosting the 26th annual Healthy Kids Day ®, the Y’s national initiative and free community event to improve the health and well-being of kids and families.
December 08, 2016 — On Saturday, December 10, the YMCA of Metro Chicago will hold a recognition ceremony for graduates of its Urban Warriors youth mentoring program. The 46 youth are being recognized for completing a 16-week structured curriculum in partnership with military veterans who have served as their mentors throughout the process.
October 03, 2016 — The YMCA of Metro Chicago’s 2016 Recognition Dinner on October 27 will highlight the programs supporting the Y’s mission to develop strong children, families and healthy communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, and fitness and healthy living.
June 20, 2016 — YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago's Early Learning Program receives a $1.4 million grant from the McCormick Foundation
March 30, 2016 — The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago will celebrate the opening of the new YMCA Center, a 60,000 square-foot-facility where research meets practice, on Tuesday, April 5, at 1030 W. Van Buren Street in Chicago's bustling West Loop neighborhood. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the culmination of two years of planning and construction of a state-of-the-art facility that provides much more than the nonprofit’s new headquarters.
October 09, 2017
Columnist Sue Ontiveros, long-time YMCA member reflects on the closing of the South Chicago YMCA center. (Chicago Sun-Times)
September 07, 2017
The South Chicago YMCA is closing its doors after serving the neighborhood near 91st and Commercial for more than 90 years. (ABC 7)
September 06, 2017
The South Chicago YMCA at 3039 E. 91st St., will shut its doors Oct. 31, due to budget constraints that have forced a system-wide reassessment by the YMCA of Metro Chicago. (Chicago Sun-Times)
August 08, 2017
These veterans are mentoring young people in Chicago to help them cope with neighborhood violence. (NowThis)
July 26, 2017
The McCormick YMCA expansion broke ground Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The facility will accommodate the community with much-needed pools and swimming lessons. (DNAInfo, Chicago Tribune)
July 24, 2017
Lesle Honore, Director of Youth Enrichment at Rauner Family YMCA inspires children through creative projects. (New York Times)
July 06, 2017
McCormick YMCA of Metro Chicago makes a community garden available to low income children and families. (NBC Chicago)
June 20, 2017
Adults prepare for the swim season at the South Side YMCA of Metro Chicago by taking adult swim lessons. (Chicago Tribune)
May 23, 2017
Keep your children safe in and around water with these tips and YMCA swim lessons.
May 04, 2017
Cook County State prosecutors sat down with students from YMCA community schools to discuss the dangers of technology and promote cyber safety. (Cook County State's Attorney's Office)
May 02, 2017
Kid-friendly activities taught children about healthy choices at the Kroehler Family YMCA on Saturday 29, 2017. (Naperville Sun)
March 22, 2017
New Legislation, introduced Monday, March 19, 2017 by Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Danny Davis, could provide training for people who work closely with children to identify and address trauma. (Chicago Sun-Times)
March 20, 2017
Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis unveiled the Trauma Informed Care for Children and Families Act on Monday, March 19, 2017. (Chicago Defender)
January 30, 2017
Eddie Bocanegra and Grant Buhr speak with Judy Hsu on Newsviews about the Y's evidence-based violence prevention programs (ABC7)
December 20, 2016
MacArthur Foundation invests $11 Million in Chicago youth, social progress and economic development groups, including the YMCA of Metro Chicago. (DNAInfo Chicago)
December 19, 2016
NBC-5 Chicago goes rinkside to learn how the Elmhurst Y's youth hockey players keep skating during cold weather. (NBC5 Chicago)
December 13, 2016
Saturday's ceremony celebrated the completion of the 16-week Urban Warriors mentorship program, where post 9/11 military vets are paired with gang-exposed youth. (WGN-TV)
November 28, 2016
The Buehler Y helps families in need have a happy Thanksgiving. (Chicago Tribune)
November 16, 2016
Peter McNitt discusses the importance of giving back and his commitment to the Y (Daily North Shore)
November 14, 2016
YSVP outreach coordinator and U.S. Navy veteran William Schranz spent his Veteran's Day sprucing up a VFW Hall.