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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.

Recent Press Releases


26th Annual Healthy Kids Day Around Chicagoland

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.

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YMCA to recognize veteran mentors and graduates of the Urban Warriors program

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.

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YMCA to host more than 400 supporters at 3rd Annual The Y. So Much More Recognition Dinner

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.

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YMCA of Metro Chicago Receives $1.4 Million Grant from Robert R. McCormick Foundation

June 20, 2016 — YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago's Early Learning Program receives a $1.4 million grant from the McCormick Foundation

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New YMCA Center marks new era for staff, families and communities across Metro Chicago

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.

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Recent News & Articles


Judy Hsu Hosts YMCA Fundraiser

October 26, 2017

Judy Hsu Hosts YMCA Fundraiser

The 2017 The Y. So Much More Recognition Dinner was emceed by Judy Hsu. (ABC7)

‘Stigma Keeps People Silenced’: Fighting Substance Abuse and Overdoses One Program at a Time

October 26, 2017

‘Stigma Keeps People Silenced’: Fighting Substance Abuse and Overdoses One Program at a Time

The Foglia YMCA and Live4Lali hosted a substance abuse awareness event to address the opioid epidemic. (Lake County News-Sun)

ONTIVEROS: The heartbreaking loss of the South Chicago YMCA

October 09, 2017

ONTIVEROS: The heartbreaking loss of the South Chicago YMCA

Columnist Sue Ontiveros, long-time YMCA member reflects on the closing of the South Chicago YMCA center. (Chicago Sun-Times)

South Chicago YMCA Closing Doors After 90 Years

September 07, 2017

South Chicago YMCA Closing Doors After 90 Years

The South Chicago YMCA is closing its doors after serving the neighborhood near 91st and Commercial for more than 90 years. (ABC 7)

South Chicago YMCA Closing as Y Fiscal Constraints Force Reallocation

September 06, 2017

South Chicago YMCA Closing as Y Fiscal Constraints Force Reallocation

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)

Urban Warriors Veteran and Youth Featured in Viral Facebook Video

August 08, 2017

Urban Warriors Veteran and Youth Featured in Viral Facebook Video

These veterans are mentoring young people in Chicago to help them cope with neighborhood violence. (NowThis)

YMCA Breaks Ground on McCormick YMCA Expansion

July 26, 2017

YMCA Breaks Ground on McCormick YMCA Expansion

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)

Helping Young People Develop Their Own Voices

July 24, 2017

Helping Young People Develop Their Own Voices

Lesle Honore, Director of Youth Enrichment at Rauner Family YMCA inspires children through creative projects. (New York Times)

Hands-on Cooking Program Makes a Difference for Children This Summer

July 06, 2017

Hands-on Cooking Program Makes a Difference for Children This Summer

McCormick YMCA of Metro Chicago makes a community garden available to low income children and families. (NBC Chicago)

Missing out on Swim Lessons as Kids, These Adults Are Diving In

June 20, 2017

Missing out on Swim Lessons as Kids, These Adults Are Diving In

Adults prepare for the swim season at the South Side YMCA of Metro Chicago by taking adult swim lessons. (Chicago Tribune)

Our Swim Expert Shares Safety Tips With 101.9 FM

May 23, 2017

Our Swim Expert Shares Safety Tips With 101.9 FM

Keep your children safe in and around water with these tips and YMCA swim lessons.

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Joins Forces With the Y to Educate Youth on Cyber Safety

May 04, 2017

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Joins Forces With the Y to Educate Youth on Cyber Safety

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)

Healthy Kids Day at the Kroehler Family YMCA encourages families to lead a healthy lifestyle

May 02, 2017

Healthy Kids Day at the Kroehler Family YMCA encourages families to lead a healthy lifestyle

Kid-friendly activities taught children about healthy choices at the Kroehler Family YMCA on Saturday 29, 2017. (Naperville Sun)

Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis Introduce New Legislation to Address Childhood Trauma

March 22, 2017

Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis Introduce New Legislation to Address Childhood Trauma

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)

Healing is Prevention: New Bill to Address Child Trauma, Reduce Violence and Poverty

March 20, 2017

Healing is Prevention: New Bill to Address Child Trauma, Reduce Violence and Poverty

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)

ABC7 Spotlights Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention  Program

January 30, 2017

ABC7 Spotlights Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Program

Eddie Bocanegra and Grant Buhr speak with Judy Hsu on Newsviews about the Y's evidence-based violence prevention programs (ABC7)

Youth Safety & Violence Prevention Receives $500,000 MacArthur Grant

December 20, 2016

Youth Safety & Violence Prevention Receives $500,000 MacArthur Grant

MacArthur Foundation invests $11 Million in Chicago youth, social progress and economic development groups, including the YMCA of Metro Chicago. (DNAInfo Chicago)

Elmhurst Y Hockey Keeps Youth Active and Safe in Frigid Weather

December 19, 2016

Elmhurst Y Hockey Keeps Youth Active and Safe in Frigid Weather

NBC-5 Chicago goes rinkside to learn how the Elmhurst Y's youth hockey players keep skating during cold weather. (NBC5 Chicago)

Largest Urban Warriors Cohort to Date Recognized with Graduation Ceremony

December 13, 2016

Largest Urban Warriors Cohort to Date Recognized with Graduation Ceremony

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)

Grateful for Thanksgiving Turkeys at the Buehler YMCA

November 28, 2016

Grateful for Thanksgiving Turkeys at the Buehler YMCA

The Buehler Y helps families in need have a happy Thanksgiving. (Chicago Tribune)

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