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Feb 27, 2024

The All-in-One Membership for Everyone

While the New Year may be more than in full swing, there's still plenty of opportunity to ease into resolutions at your own pace.  

The New Year is a time for resolutions that often revolve around health and wellbeing. And for many, the new year brings goals of other kinds too. Some of us, for example, reflect on how we can spend more time with those we love.  

Resolutions can be a lot of pressure. That’s why, at the Y, we’re eager to support your goals for the new year and beyond. Whether those goals revolve around health and fitness or building a stronger bond with your family, our membership programs are designed to support those goals and sustain their progress throughout the year.  We are happy to provide a safe, clean, and uplifting atmosphere to achieve your gains and goals alike.  

In 2023, more than 5,000 new members joined the YMCA of Metro Chicago — and our staff cannot wait to welcome even more new members in 2024! With 14 community hubs offering membership programs, there is sure to be a YMCA that is close to your home with a new community to support you throughout the year.  

Our Y facilities include clean, well-maintained, and modern gyms. We pride ourselves in ensuring every individual who walks through our doors feels comfortable within our walls. Your health and safety are our team’s highest priority, and our community hubs emphasize cleanliness by committing to regular deep cleanings, repairs, and upgrades. The last thing you should worry about during a workout is how clean the equipment is! That’s why our diligent staff takes every precaution to ensure we are not just meeting our cleanliness guidelines, but exceeding them. 

As a social enterprise, the Y provides more than just a fitness room with free weights and exercise machines. We strive to meet the ever-evolving needs of individuals and families throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest through personal training sessions, numerous group exercise offerings, and multiple programs for active older adults. There is a program or wellbeing service we offer that fits every age, every lifestyle, every goal, and every body. 

Today’s Chicago and suburban Ys can meet the sporting needs of the whole family! Our legacy precedes us when it comes to sports and aquatics offerings. We strive to have the most cutting-edge sports and pool programs to keep the whole family active. Members have access to gyms and pools during open hours. They also receive discounts for all sports and aquatics programs, including youth basketball and swim lessons!  In addition to basketball, we offer gymnastics, hockey, soccer, and more. And in case you’re wondering, yes, we do have pickleball!  

Our team knows that our members lead busy lives, especially families with school-age children. While educational programs at the Y are not exclusive to those with memberships, Y members receive discounted rates for early learning and other education offerings! Our Y Memberships include flexible learning offerings to fit your family’s schedule. These are available at a number of our locations for preschoolers, early learning (0-5), and school-age (6-12) programs.  

For the weeks of the year when life isn’t so busy, we have action-packed camps to bring you and your family closer than ever. The Y has always been synonymous with camp, and our members get discounted rates and special discount codes to secure their spots! Camps aren’t just  a summer endeavor;we offer options year-round for Family and some Speciality Camps! Picture your family spending quality time together on zip lines, toboggans, canoeing, and ice fishing. Or, take advantage of our summer Day Camps, where your youth and teens will immerse themselves in expertly crafted schedules to keep your happy camper engaged and developing in a group of their peers in any season! For the kids who absolutely cannot wait for their next sleepover, we also offer youth Overnight Camps. These camps have an expansive range of activities including, archery, sports, paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking, high ropes climbing tower, slingshot paintball, and more. No two kids are the same, so there is an activity for every level of adventure seeker at our Day and Overnight Camps in the summertime. 

Inclusivity is a key YMCA value, and we recognize the care that is required in decisions made to foster inclusivity. We strive to create a positive environment for all of our community members. Any individual with a disability may request a modification when they enroll as a Y member. Should a member, parent, or guardian know that an individual with a disability may benefit from additional support or an inclusion aide within the Y’s facilities or programs, our inclusion department steps in to ensure every member feels welcome and supported. Our Inclusion Services team is constantly learning and on the pulse of how best to support our members across the Y’s footprint.  

At the Y, we're committed to supporting you and your needs throughout the year in all ways. And though we're excited to grow with you, we want to be clear about one thing: you already belong at the Y! From fitness to sports to family programs, we're here to nurture potential and bring people together. We look forward to sharing our community with you in 2024.