Our History


The YMCA of Metro Chicago was founded in 1858. In its first 100 years, the YMCA, with branches throughout the city, distributed food and supplies to victims of the Great Chicago Fire; offered special services to visitors to Chicago’s World’s Columbian and Century of Progress Expositions; launched the local Boy Scout movement; provided lodging for countless African Americans migrating from the South; gave discharged World War I veterans a free membership; used the new medium of radio to make early morning health broadcasts; and housed and fed soldiers of the Army Air Corps during World War II.

As a member of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, a nonprofit organization committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Greater LaGrange YMCA has been proud to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive for more than 70 years.

The Greater LaGrange YMCA serves the communities of La Grange, La Grange Park, Broadview, Burr Ridge, Brookfield, Countryside, Hinsdale, Indian Head Park, Riverside, Brookfield, Westchester, Western Springs, Willow Springs and more. For more than 6,700 members and 400 volunteers, the Greater LaGrange YMCA is a destination where local children and families have the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, and where people of all ages, interests and abilities can build and maintain healthy lifestyle habits.