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From the YMCA to the Sweet Sixteen

How Loyola Chicago basketball star Lucas Williamson learned the value of teamwork at a Chicago YMCA.

March 21, 2018

4 Ways You Can Make a Difference During (and After) National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is a great time to get involved and give back. Here are four ways individuals and groups can take an active role at the Y and in their community.

March 19, 2018

Try These 6 Simple Outdoor STEM Activities With Your Kids

The warmer weather of spring and summer is a prime opportunity to get kids engaged with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) while they’re outdoors.

March 14, 2018

How the YMCA Invented Basketball 127 Years Ago

In between the buzzer beaters this week, take a look at the story of James Naismith and the birth of basketball.

March 12, 2018

Keep Your Child Active, Engaged Over Spring Break at Your Local Y

When schools close, working parents can rely on the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s School Days out to keep children active, engaged, and safe.

March 05, 2018

Save the Date! Healthy Kids Day Returns on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Every spring, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago celebrates Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families.

March 02, 2018

How Sarah Nemecek’s Passion for Public Policy Brought Her to YSVP

Last summer, a lifelong YMCA fan joined our Youth Safety and Violence Prevention (YSVP) initiative as the new Senior Manager of Operations.

March 01, 2018

According to Researchers, Exercise Might Improve Your ... Memory?

Neurobiologists have demonstrated strong ties between regular exercise and memory retention.

February 28, 2018

Blast into Summer with 27th Annual Healthy Kids Day

On April 21, the Y will celebrate Healthy Kids Day, our national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids.

February 26, 2018

Is Your Family Getting Enough Vitamin D This Winter?

Nearly 1 out of every 5 people suffers from a Vitamin D deficiency. Here's what you can do.

February 19, 2018

Join Us for the 4th Annual Halftime Happy Hour

Hosted by the YMCA of Metro Chicago Associate Board, Halftime Happy Hour joins together young professionals from across Chicagoland to enjoy local restaurants while supporting a philanthropic cause.

February 15, 2018

Black History Month: Remembering the YMCA’s African-American Pioneers

From Washington and New York to Chicago, here are a few African-American leaders who made the Y what it is today.

February 13, 2018

Don’t Forget: Spring 1 Programs Start Next Week!

Register now for new swim lessons, new sports programs, new fitness classes, and more at 19 locations across Chicagoland.

February 12, 2018

Over 40? Here Are the Best Ways to Increase Your Strength.

New evidence points to two key strategies for healthy adults who want to get stronger.

February 06, 2018

How the Y Encourages Children to Respect and Embrace Differences

Last year, the YMCA's new anti-bias curriculum was introduced at 10 early learning sites in Chicago.

February 05, 2018

Summer Day Camp Registration Is Now Open at Most YMCA Centers!

Start planning your child's best summer ever, today.

February 02, 2018

6 Things to Do in Chicago With Your Family This February

From the city to the burbs, here are 6 ways to have fun with the whole family this February.

February 01, 2018

Think You Don’t Have High Blood Pressure? Think Again.

New blood pressure guidelines make American Heart Month the perfect time for a check-up.

February 01, 2018

Here’s What Happens Inside Your Body When You Exercise

A new study explains how your liver knows to harness energy faster.

January 29, 2018

Share the Y by February 5 and Your Friends and Family Will Save

Members, if you refer a friend who joins between now and February 5th, they'll pay $0 joiner fee, and you'll both receive our new member-referred 20% reduced rate every month.

January 26, 2018

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