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At the Y, we strive to strengthen Chicago by promoting academic readiness, character development, violence prevention and fitness and healthy living. A crucial part of our mission is keeping the public up to date on our progress and letting them know how they can help.

Recent Press Releases


YMCA’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention to Serve Two Additional Chicago Communities

October 04, 2018 — New partnership will offer mental health services to youth, families, staff, and volunteers.

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McCormick YMCA Aquatic Center Now Open

July 03, 2018 — New state-of-the-art facility offers year-round pool facilities and swim programs for residents of Humboldt Park, Hermosa, Logan Square, Wicker Park.

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USMC Veteran and YMCA Fitness Director George Hood Breaks 2 World Records in 24 Hours

July 02, 2018 — Fundraising benefits Indian Boundary YMCA and the Y’s Urban Warriors program.

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USMC Veteran and YMCA Fitness Director George Hood to Attempt 2 World Records in 24 Hours

May 09, 2018 — Fundraising benefits Indian Boundary YMCA and the Y’s Urban Warriors program.

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Buehler YMCA Staff Saves Lives

April 01, 2018 — Employees at Buehler YMCA save two members' lives by taking immediate and swift action.

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Recent News & Articles


Transitions- An Unforgettable Public Servant

October 16, 2018

Transitions- An Unforgettable Public Servant

Barbara Blomquist writes about the late Naperville Mayor Pradel and the Mayor's Prayer breakfast origins. (Positively Naperville)

YMCA Of Metro Chicago Expands Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Program

October 10, 2018

YMCA Of Metro Chicago Expands Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Program

The Y’s YSVP program expands to two new Chicago neighborhoods and partners with Rush University Medical Center to provide mental health care services to participants and their families, staff, and military veteran volunteers. (Chicago Citizen)

Meet Chicago’s Kelly Hall YMCA Super Mentor

October 09, 2018

Meet Chicago’s Kelly Hall YMCA Super Mentor

Comenecia O’Neal has been mentoring hundreds of youth for almost two decades. (NBC 5 Chicago, Making a Difference)

YMCA Camp Independence Helps Kids With Spina Bifida

September 25, 2018

YMCA Camp Independence Helps Kids With Spina Bifida

The YMCA Camp Independence is working to help children with spina bifida. (CBS Chicago News)

Pilsen YMCA Mentor Helps Lead Teens To A Path To Success

August 29, 2018

Pilsen YMCA Mentor Helps Lead Teens To A Path To Success

“Is it a war we’re winning? No,” said Almore. “But it’s a war I’m willing to fight.” Mike Almore, YSVP mentor and Senior Outreach Specialist shares why he decided to help youth exposed to violence in Chicago communities. (CBS 2 Chicago)

An Unlikely Bond Between Chicago Teens and Veterans is Saving Lives in the City

August 27, 2018

An Unlikely Bond Between Chicago Teens and Veterans is Saving Lives in the City

“These kids are over-alert and watching their backs, even when they’re in the safest environments. They try to explain that feeling to other people who don’t get it. But I do.” Julio Cortes, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and mentor.

YMCA in Naperville Holds Back-To-School Bash

August 13, 2018

YMCA in Naperville Holds Back-To-School Bash

YMCA members and Naperville residents enjoyed a free family event to celebrate the start of the school year at the Kroehler Family YMCA on Friday. (Naperville Sun)

For Crime Witnesses, Family Safety Can Outweigh A Community’s Security

August 10, 2018

For Crime Witnesses, Family Safety Can Outweigh A Community’s Security

Chico Tillmon, Executive Director of the Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention program shares how fear can prevent individuals from speaking up about a crime in some communities. (CBS 2 Chicago)

Back 2 School Illinois Holds School Supplies Giveaway

August 10, 2018

Back 2 School Illinois Holds School Supplies Giveaway

Students from the YMCA of Metro Chicago gathered at the Back 2 School Illinois distribution to receive school supply kits. (ABC 7)

Community Spotlight: Navy Veteran, N’Neka Malone

August 09, 2018

Community Spotlight: Navy Veteran, N’Neka Malone

N’Neka Malone, tells Harry Connick Jr. about the Urban Warriors Program, which teaches inner city youth how to cope with their dangerous communities. (Harry T.V. Show)

Foglia YMCA Receives Lake County Community Foundation Grant

August 06, 2018

Foglia YMCA Receives Lake County Community Foundation Grant

The Lake County Community Foundation recently awarded grants to 15 nonprofit partners working to improve the quality of life for residents. The Foglia YMCA was among the new grantees this year.

Sage YMCA Dedicates New Neighborhood Playground in Crystal Lake

July 30, 2018

Sage YMCA Dedicates New Neighborhood Playground in Crystal Lake

The playground is open to the community. (Northwest Herald)

State Rep. Barbara Flynn-Currie Celebrates Summer Learning Day at the South Side YMCA

July 26, 2018

State Rep. Barbara Flynn-Currie Celebrates Summer Learning Day at the South Side YMCA

On National Summer Learning Day, the South Side YMCA was visited by State Representative Barbara Flynn-Currie. (Hyde Park Herald)

Police Officers Play Volleyball With Teens at Humboldt Park

July 17, 2018

Police Officers Play Volleyball With Teens at Humboldt Park

Volleyball event at the Kelly Hall YMCA works to improve relationship between the community and Chicago Police Officers.

This 60-Year-Old Veteran Just Set Two Planking World Records

July 13, 2018

This 60-Year-Old Veteran Just Set Two Planking World Records

Marine vet George E. Hood held a plank for 10 HOURS to break the world record (NowThis, NBC, ABC, Chicago Tribune, Patch)

Aquatic Center Opens to West Side Residents

July 05, 2018

Aquatic Center Opens to West Side Residents

The new additions to the McCormick YMCA has the potential to save lives. (CBS)

West Suburban Fitness Guru Aims to Set 2 Planking Records

June 25, 2018

West Suburban Fitness Guru Aims to Set 2 Planking Records

George Hood, fitness director at Indian Boundary YMCA, attempts to break 2 world records while fundraising for the Y. (Chicago Tribune: Beacon-News)

YMCA Program Gives Young People a Platform for Storytelling

June 21, 2018

YMCA Program Gives Young People a Platform for Storytelling

Youth from the Y’s Story Squad were empowered to share their experiences in front of friends, family, and the community at the Story Squad Showcase event. (The Chicago Citizen)

Fresenius Launches Foundation to Raise CKD Awareness and Donates to YMCA

June 06, 2018

Fresenius Launches Foundation to Raise CKD Awareness and Donates to YMCA

Fresenius Medical Care Foundation donated $50,000 to YMCA of Metro Chicago’s summer camp program. (Kidney News)

How Kim Foxx Went From YMCA Kid to Cook County State’s Attorney

May 31, 2018

How Kim Foxx Went From YMCA Kid to Cook County State’s Attorney

The YMCA Center hosted Kim Foxx for the fourth event in our YXP: The YMCA Experience series.

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