Everyone Belongs at YMCA of Metro Chicago
Find The Membership That’s Right For You
With a growing and active membership of more than 120,000 people, and programs that assist an additional half-million area residents, the YMCA of Metro Chicago has a membership type for you and is committed to serving the spirit, mind, and body of everyone.
- Young Adult
- Senior Adult
- Senior Couple
- Parent & Child
- Military Membership
Now You Belong Wherever You Are!
Members of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago now have the flexibility to visit Y locations across the nation as part of their membership. To access this benefit, a member can simply present their badge and a photo ID at any of the participating nationwide membership locations. Call your chosen location in advance to check that they participate in the Nationwide Membership Program, or ask a staff member at your local YMCA to look it up. Learn more about Nationwide Membership through the Y-USA Information Guide.
YMCA Military Memberships
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is partnering with the the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense to offer FREE YMCA memberships to qualified military members and families! Learn more about eligibility and how to get started through our Military Membership webpage.
Yes, we happily offer financial assistance to qualifying applicants. Visit your local YMCA center to discuss your financial assistance options and enroll in person.
Yes, members of other YMCA’s that are a part of the Nationwide Membership program may visit any YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago locations. Simply present your membership card and photo ID at the membership desk to gain access.
While a membership is on hold, all YMCA privileges will be temporarily suspended, and no dues will be drafted from the member’s account during this period. Automatic billing will resume at the end of the hold date as stated on the form that is signed by the member. Additional terms include:
- A membership hold will be granted for a maximum of three (3) consecutive months.
- There is a fee of $10 per month on hold, which must be paid in advance of the hold taking effect.
- A request for membership on-hold must be made by the fifteenth (15th) day of the month preceding the request hold period. For example, if a member wishes to place a hold for the month of February, the hold request must be received by January 15; if the hold request is received on January 16 or later in January, the hold will take effect as of March 1.
- A membership can only be placed on hold once per calendar year; requests to be placed more than once per calendar year must be approved by your home location’s Executive Director.
A member may cancel membership at any time by providing the YMCA notice of a cancellation request by the fifteenth (15th) day of the month preceding the cancellation request. For example, if a member wishes to cancel their membership beginning February 1, then notice must be received by January 15; if the cancellation request is received on January 16 or later in January, the cancellation will take effect as of March 1.
A cancellation may be made in person, by postal mail return receipt requested, or email with receipt of confirmation. If the member participates in a membership draft payment plan, the YMCA will continue to draft until the member cancels the membership as provided above. Any membership cancellation will be effective as of the next billing cycle. The YMCA cannot refund the prepaid portion of a membership. Cancellation of membership is not necessarily cancellation of Annual Fund deductions and vice versa.
In the event you need to cancel your enrollment in a paid class, please contact the membership desk to request a credit on your account for the unused portion, less any non-refundable deposit. All credit requests must be made prior to the end of the program along with a completed credit request form. Missed classes cannot be made up and credit requests must be made prior to the end of the program.