Our History


South Chicago YMCA

The Y is the place where everyone can belong!

The South Chicago YMCA has been dedicated to serving the communities of South Shore, South Chicago, Southeast Chicago, Hegewisch, Calumet, and Whiting for over 100 years. At the South Chicago Y, we are driven by community need, guided by community volunteers and open to all. As one of the largest not-for-profit organizations in the country, the YMCA is committed to providing opportunities to help people of all ages develop and grow in spirit, mind and body. No one is ever denied access to our membership or programs due to the inability to pay.

The YMCA is proud of its heritage and commitment to make its character-building, family-enriching programs available to everyone in our community. Annually, we receive support from members, community leaders and businesses who believe in our mission to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. They contribute generously to our Strong Kids Campaign. These funds are distributed to families with a documented financial need.

In 2010, the South Chicago YMCA awarded more than 70 thousand dollars in scholarships to assist the youth and families in Chicago communities who would otherwise be unable to participate in our programs.