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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


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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Keep Your Child Active, Engaged Over Spring Break at Your Local YMCA

March 19, 2018 — When schools close, working parents can rely on the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s School Days Out to keep children active, engaged, and safe.

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Recent News & Articles


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)

Our Swim Expert Shares Safety Tips With 101.9 FM

May 23, 2017

Our Swim Expert Shares Safety Tips With 101.9 FM

Keep your children safe in and around water with these tips and YMCA swim lessons.

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Joins Forces With the Y to Educate Youth on Cyber Safety

May 04, 2017

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Joins Forces With the Y to Educate Youth on Cyber Safety

Cook County State prosecutors sat down with students from YMCA community schools to discuss the dangers of technology and promote cyber safety. (Cook County State's Attorney's Office)

Healthy Kids Day at the Kroehler Family YMCA encourages families to lead a healthy lifestyle

May 02, 2017

Healthy Kids Day at the Kroehler Family YMCA encourages families to lead a healthy lifestyle

Kid-friendly activities taught children about healthy choices at the Kroehler Family YMCA on Saturday, April 29, 2017. (Naperville Sun)

Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis Introduce New Legislation to Address Childhood Trauma

March 22, 2017

Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis Introduce New Legislation to Address Childhood Trauma

New Legislation, introduced Monday, March 19, 2017 by Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Danny Davis, could provide training for people who work closely with children to identify and address trauma. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Healing is Prevention: New Bill to Address Child Trauma, Reduce Violence and Poverty

March 20, 2017

Healing is Prevention: New Bill to Address Child Trauma, Reduce Violence and Poverty

Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis unveiled the Trauma Informed Care for Children and Families Act on Monday, March 19, 2017. (Chicago Defender)

ABC7 Spotlights Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention  Program

January 30, 2017

ABC7 Spotlights Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Program

Eddie Bocanegra and Grant Buhr speak with Judy Hsu on Newsviews about the Y's evidence-based violence prevention programs (ABC7)

Youth Safety & Violence Prevention Receives $500,000 MacArthur Grant

December 20, 2016

Youth Safety & Violence Prevention Receives $500,000 MacArthur Grant

MacArthur Foundation invests $11 Million in Chicago youth, social progress and economic development groups, including the YMCA of Metro Chicago. (DNAInfo Chicago)

Elmhurst Y Hockey Keeps Youth Active and Safe in Frigid Weather

December 19, 2016

Elmhurst Y Hockey Keeps Youth Active and Safe in Frigid Weather

NBC-5 Chicago goes rinkside to learn how the Elmhurst Y's youth hockey players keep skating during cold weather. (NBC5 Chicago)

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