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The YMCA Origins of Father’s Day

Did you know Father's Day originated at a YMCA in Spokane, Washington? Here's the whole story.

June 14, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About YMCA Summer Resident Camps

Overnight camps start this month! Sessions range from 3 to 14 days. All resident camps are coed and are open to both YMCA members and non-members.

June 07, 2018

Fresenius Launches Foundation to Raise CKD Awareness and Donates to YMCA

Fresenius Medical Care Foundation donated $50,000 to YMCA of Metro Chicago’s summer camp program. (Kidney News)

June 06, 2018

“Stay and Play” at the YMCA Center This June!

Throughout June, the YMCA Center will open its doors to families interested in our infant, toddler, and preschool programs in the West Loop.

June 04, 2018

Need Child Care? The YMCA Center Is Here to Help.

As of June 1, the YMCA Center is offering new child care programs for toddlers ages 2-3, with preschool programs to follow later this summer for children ages 3-5.

June 01, 2018

How Kim Foxx Went From YMCA Kid to Cook County State’s Attorney

The YMCA Center hosted Kim Foxx for the fourth event in our YXP: The YMCA Experience series.

May 31, 2018

USMC Veteran and YMCA Fitness Director George Hood to Attempt 2 World Records in 24 Hours

The Indian Boundary YMCA fitness director is raising money for a great cause, June 27-28.

May 30, 2018

4 Ways to Prevent Sports Injuries in Children

Aside from common sprains and fractures, sports injuries may discourage your child from wanting to participate, or even hurt their confidence.

May 29, 2018

Don’t Forget: Summer Day Camps Are Less Than 2 Weeks Away!

Whether you're looking for a traditional day camp experience, or a specialty sports, STEM, arts or travel-based camp, the Y has an option for you.

May 23, 2018

Join the Effie O. Ellis YMCA for a Parade for Peace

On Friday morning, June 8, 2018, join the Y in Garfield Park to promote peace. Don't forget to wear yellow!

May 22, 2018

Organ Recipients Meet Donor’s Dad at the Kelly Hall YMCA

Six years after a heart transplant, Craig Clark met the recipients of his son’s organs at the Kelly Hall YMCA, and listened to his son's heartbeat once again.

May 21, 2018

Meet YMCA “Foodies” Yvette and Alexa

The Pilsen Foodies program at the Rauner Family Y has helped dozens of local youth learn new culinary skills and explore career options.

May 18, 2018

How to Stay Safe During Tick and Mosquito Season

The CDC says insect bites have nearly tripled over the past few years. Here are a few tips to keep your family safe.

May 14, 2018

Adrian Hernandez and His YMCA Mission Moment

​Adrian Hernandez, Program Director of the Humboldt Park YSVP site, always knew he wanted to serve youth, but it wasn’t until he was teaching that he realized he’d rather make an impact on youth through social work.

May 10, 2018

Introducing the Y’s New 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Leagues

Teams for boys and girls between ages 12 and 18 will play 10 games during a 6-week period, culminating with a tournament where teams from multiple centers will face off against one another to determine an ultimate champion.

May 08, 2018

Why We Appreciate Our Teachers

As one Chicago's largest early education nonprofits, National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11) is an important time for us at the YMCA.

May 07, 2018

How a Y Kid Joined Our Marketing Team

Meet Our Communications Specialist, Jacklyn Rosado.

May 04, 2018

Join Us For a Pilsen Foodies Showcase at Oggi Chicago

This Saturday, May 5, teens in our Pilsen Foodies program will cook and serve breakfast at an After School Matters art showcase in Chinatown.

May 03, 2018

Join Us For a 2 X 24 Diamond Tour Fundraiser With George E. Hood

Support U.S. Marine Veteran George E. Hood as he trains for two new world records for the “plank” in 24 hours! All while fundraising for the YMCA!

May 02, 2018

Why Water Safety Matters

As we observe National Water Safety Month this May, it's a great time for parents to remember the importance of equipping children with essential water safety skills.

May 01, 2018

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