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Physical Activity Benefits Children’s Cognitive Development

A growing body of research shows that physical activity supports cognitive development in children.

March 27, 2015

Story Squad Empowers Youth to Share Experiences with Community Violence

Story Squad is a new audio storytelling program of the South Chicago YMCA?s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention that empowers youth to channel their experiences through personal audio stories.

March 27, 2015

YMCA of Metro Chicago Recognizes Youth Violence Prevention Week March 23-27, 2015

All week we will be sharing a series of video and audio diaries to provide an inside look and greater awareness of what youth in our program, and the communities they represent, experience every day and how steps are being taken to heal and make positive change.

March 23, 2015

YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors Featured on Chicago Tonight (3/18)

WTTW-TV featured Urban Warriors, a program of the Y?s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative, on its broadcast of ?Chicago Tonight.?

March 19, 2015

“Sunday Funday” hosted by the Associate Board raises money for the YMCA

The YMCA of Metro Chicago?s Associate Board hosted the first ?Sunday Funday? fundraiser on March 8.

March 13, 2015

Basketball Tournament to Recruit Veterans Featured on Extra News

The YMCA teams up with Chicago Veterans to host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to help recruit veterans for the Y's Urban Warriors program.

March 12, 2015

Veterans to Scrimmage in 3-on-3 Basketball Event

The YMCA of Metro Chicago invites veterans to a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on March 14, to learn about Urban Warriors, an innovative program of the Y?s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative.

March 11, 2015

Remembering Stephen Cole, Former President and CEO of the YMCA of Metro Chicago

It is with deep sorrow that we learned of the recent passing of Stephen S. Cole. Steve left a remarkable legacy during his eight-year tenure as president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He was a compassionate man and a visionary leader, who was truly dedicated to improving the lives of individuals of all ages in in the community.

March 10, 2015

Member Essay: Laura transforms her life at the Y

February 27, 2015

Love Your Heart to March Madness Challenge

Help your Metro Chicago YMCA win the Love Your Heart to March Madness Challenge. Every YMCA in the association will compete head-to-head to average the most minutes of activity. The American Heart Association recommends a minimum of 30 minutes a day of activity 5 times a week, so your goal is to log a minimum of 150 minutes of activity each week of the challenge.

February 26, 2015

Camp: More than Summer Fun

At the Y, we help children and teens realize their potential to be active, engaged and thriving members of the community. Our youth programs nurture social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career, providing kids with the skills and support they need to be successful in school and life.

February 26, 2015

Plan, Prep and Eat Together

Busy schedules can make finding time for healthy family meals a challenge, but when we opt for convenient and quick options like ?fast food? or eat at different times, we lose the opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and support our health and well-being.

February 26, 2015

Information Regarding Measles

We have gathered helpful information to assist you in learning more about measles and ways to prevent contracting this disease.

February 06, 2015

Amazing things happen when people come together to help others

On February 4, staff from the YMCA, Greater Chicago Food Depository and volunteers from the community came together at the McCormick Tribune YMCA to provide groceries to neighbors in need.

February 06, 2015

Love Your Heart during American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and as a leading voice on improving the nation?s health, the YMCA urges everyone in the Chicagoland community to take steps to make sure they are heart healthy so they can lead longer, healthier lives.

January 30, 2015

The Foglia YMCA Expansion Reveal celebrates completion of major renovation

On January 23, the Foglia YMCA of Metro Chicago celebrated the completion of a 9,000-square-foot expansion, which nearly doubles the size of the gymnasium and enables the YMCA to offer new programming for individuals and families in the community. The project was made possible through the generous contributions of philanthropists Vince and Pat Foglia, civic leaders and community members.

January 26, 2015

Mission in Action: Black History Month

During Black History Month, we honor and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans who have guided our country?s growth and progress. Throughout its more than 160 years in the United States, the Y has worked to meet the changing needs of our diverse communities and provide welcoming and safe spaces...

January 25, 2015

Y-USA Partners with NFL Characters Unite to Help Stop Bullying

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) has partnered with the USA Network?s NFL Characters Unite on a special documentary that profiles NFL stars who share deeply personal stories of facing hardships and mentor young people in their communities facing similar challenges.

January 25, 2015

Inclement Weather Updates

Please note that in times of inclement weather we may need to amend our facility hours and/or program offerings. Information regarding these changes will be posted on our website and Facebook page. Please be sure to check those resources and/or call our center before coming in to verify when the facility will be open and if programs are canceled or moved.

January 14, 2015

YMCA’s School Days Out Garners Major Media Coverage

YMCA's ?School Days Out? offered healthy activities, homework support and snacks for children at nine centers in the city and suburbs during January's deep freeze.

January 08, 2015

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