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The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago gives more than 227,000 individuals and families the support to help them learn, grow, and thrive. Our 27 centers, five resident camps, and dozens of extension sites promote academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, and fitness and healthy living through a variety of programs and services. Our impact is felt every day when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.

Recent Press Releases


Boeing Announces $100,000 Grant to Support YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors Program

November 20, 2018 — Renewed grant will support veteran-led mentoring program for Chicago youth from 10 under-resourced communities.

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Kelly Hall YMCA Future Leaders Luncheon Raises More Than $160,000

November 19, 2018 — For the second year in a row, the Kelly Hall Future Leaders Luncheon raised more than $160,000 to benefit youth and families in the West Humboldt Park community.

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The Y. So Much More Recognition Dinner Raises More Than $1 Million for the 5th Consecutive Year

November 01, 2018 — More than 400 enthusiastic supporters came together for the fifth annual The Y. So Much More™ Recognition Dinner on October 25, raising more than $1.3 million for Chicago children and families - a record-breaking year.

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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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Recent News & Articles


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.

Organ Recipients Meet Donor’s Dad at the Kelly Hall YMCA

May 21, 2018

Organ Recipients Meet Donor’s Dad at the Kelly Hall YMCA

Six years after a heart transplant, Craig Clark met the recipients of his son’s organs at the Kelly Hall YMCA, and listened to his son's heartbeat once again.

Suburban Heroes: Group effort saves man’s life at Buehler YMCA

April 02, 2018

Suburban Heroes: Group effort saves man’s life at Buehler YMCA

Employees and a member at Buehler YMCA in Palatine took turns performing lifesaving CPR cycles on member Greg Sendi. (Daily Herald)

Naperville YMCA Christmas Dinner Demonstrates ‘Importance of Giving Back’

January 01, 2018

Naperville YMCA Christmas Dinner Demonstrates ‘Importance of Giving Back’

The Naperville YMCA's, along with the Naperville Park District, hosted the 34th annual Community Christmas Luncheon at the Chicago Marriott Naperville. (Naperville Sun)

Storytelling Helps Chicago Youth Overcome Adversity

January 01, 2018

Storytelling Helps Chicago Youth Overcome Adversity

The YMCA's Story Squad Showcase featured stories by youth in South Chicago, Little Village/Pilsen and Humboldt Park. The event and the program was covered by the Chicago Tribune.

2017 Mayor’s Community Breakfast

December 19, 2017

2017 Mayor’s Community Breakfast

The Fry Family YMCA and Mayor Steve Chirico welcomed the community a holiday tradition. (Naperville Community Television)

Paralympic swimmer Brad Snyder leaves Crystal Lake YMCA crowd speechless

December 11, 2017

Paralympic swimmer Brad Snyder leaves Crystal Lake YMCA crowd speechless

More than 200 YMCA members, community leaders and nonprofit partners attended the Sage YMCA’s Holiday Inspirational Community Breakfast. (Northwest Herald)

Program Matches Vets And Youth For Support After Violence-Related Trauma

November 15, 2017

Program Matches Vets And Youth For Support After Violence-Related Trauma

Morning Shift sits down with Chico Tillmon, executive director of Youth Safety and Violence Prevention at the YMCA, veteran mentor Karen Hernandez, and Taina Ocasio, a teen participant in the program.

Judy Hsu Hosts YMCA Fundraiser

October 26, 2017

Judy Hsu Hosts YMCA Fundraiser

The 2017 The Y. So Much More Recognition Dinner was emceed by Judy Hsu. (ABC7)

‘Stigma Keeps People Silenced’: Fighting Substance Abuse and Overdoses One Program at a Time

October 26, 2017

‘Stigma Keeps People Silenced’: Fighting Substance Abuse and Overdoses One Program at a Time

The Foglia YMCA and Live4Lali hosted a substance abuse awareness event to address the opioid epidemic. (Lake County News-Sun)

ONTIVEROS: The heartbreaking loss of the South Chicago YMCA

October 09, 2017

ONTIVEROS: The heartbreaking loss of the South Chicago YMCA

Columnist Sue Ontiveros, long-time YMCA member reflects on the closing of the South Chicago YMCA center. (Chicago Sun-Times)

South Chicago YMCA Closing Doors After 90 Years

September 07, 2017

South Chicago YMCA Closing Doors After 90 Years

The South Chicago YMCA is closing its doors after serving the neighborhood near 91st and Commercial for more than 90 years. (ABC 7)

South Chicago YMCA Closing as Y Fiscal Constraints Force Reallocation

September 06, 2017

South Chicago YMCA Closing as Y Fiscal Constraints Force Reallocation

The South Chicago YMCA at 3039 E. 91st St., will shut its doors Oct. 31, due to budget constraints that have forced a system-wide reassessment by the YMCA of Metro Chicago. (Chicago Sun-Times)

YMCA Breaks Ground on McCormick YMCA Expansion

July 26, 2017

YMCA Breaks Ground on McCormick YMCA Expansion

The McCormick YMCA expansion broke ground Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The facility will accommodate the community with much-needed pools and swimming lessons. (DNAInfo, Chicago Tribune)

Helping Young People Develop Their Own Voices

July 24, 2017

Helping Young People Develop Their Own Voices

Lesle Honore, Director of Youth Enrichment at Rauner Family YMCA inspires children through creative projects. (New York Times)

Hands-on Cooking Program Makes a Difference for Children This Summer

July 06, 2017

Hands-on Cooking Program Makes a Difference for Children This Summer

McCormick YMCA of Metro Chicago makes a community garden available to low income children and families. (NBC Chicago)

Missing out on Swim Lessons as Kids, These Adults Are Diving In

June 20, 2017

Missing out on Swim Lessons as Kids, These Adults Are Diving In

Adults prepare for the swim season at the South Side YMCA of Metro Chicago by taking adult swim lessons. (Chicago Tribune)

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