Our History


The Leaning Tower YMCA has been dedicated to serving the needs of Niles and its surrounding neighborhoods for 52 years. Through fitness classes, family nights, after-school programs and swim lessons, we are proud to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. The Leaning Tower YMCA also provides housing for 184 residents. 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. Through the support of our contributors and volunteers, we ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay and that everyone is able to share in the YMCA experience.

The YMCA Movement… ...saw to and met the practical and spiritual needs of young men flocking to London during the Industrial Revolution. ...has served the military and military families in every U.S. conflict since the Civil War. ...inspired the formation of the U.S.O., Peace Corps and Father's Day. ...met immigrants coming off the boats at Ellis Island to offer services and support in making a new life. ...began the first night school and English as a Second Language courses. ...invented group swimming lessons, basketball, volleyball and racquetball and gave them to the community. ...provided quality and affordable child care when women began joining the work force in droves. ...began values education at a time of social unrest. The YMCA Movement… ...helps stem the tide of poor lifestyle health. ...makes sure youngsters start school better prepared to succeed. ...connects young adults with higher education-and more opportunities-in unprecedented numbers. ...helps families forge stronger bonds and navigate life's hurdles. ...supports every individual in feeling more a part of their neighborhood and community. ...provides people with chances to serve one another.