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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


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)

Largest Urban Warriors Cohort to Date Recognized with Graduation Ceremony

December 13, 2016

Largest Urban Warriors Cohort to Date Recognized with Graduation Ceremony

Saturday's ceremony celebrated the completion of the 16-week Urban Warriors mentorship program, where post 9/11 military vets are paired with gang-exposed youth. (WGN-TV)

Grateful for Thanksgiving Turkeys at the Buehler YMCA

November 28, 2016

Grateful for Thanksgiving Turkeys at the Buehler YMCA

The Buehler Y helps families in need have a happy Thanksgiving. (Chicago Tribune)

A Conversation With Peter B. McNitt of BMO Harris

November 16, 2016

A Conversation With Peter B. McNitt of BMO Harris

Peter McNitt discusses the importance of giving back and his commitment to the Y (Daily North Shore)

YSVP Vet Volunteers for Others Who Served

November 14, 2016

YSVP Vet Volunteers for Others Who Served

YSVP outreach coordinator and U.S. Navy veteran William Schranz spent his Veteran's Day sprucing up a VFW Hall.

Rita Canning to Receive So Much More Than a Leader Award

October 26, 2016

Rita Canning to Receive So Much More Than a Leader Award

Longtime YMCA supporter Rita Canning, of Inverness, IL, will receive the honor at this year's The Y. So Much More. Recognition Dinner, taking place Oct. 27.

Chicago’s Former Gang Members Look to Leave Their Tattoos Behind

October 12, 2016

Chicago’s Former Gang Members Look to Leave Their Tattoos Behind

YSVP executive director Eddie Bocanegra weighed in on a Sept. 20 WBEZ story about Adrian Torres, a tattoo artist who performs a life-saving service in his free time ? gang tattoo removal.

October 10, 2016

The Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention executive director quoted in online magazine Slate

YSVP's Eddie Bocanegra helps Slate magazine get to the bottom of Chicago's gang violence

Eddie Bocanegra on Law Enforcement and the Community on “In The Loop”

October 06, 2016

Eddie Bocanegra on Law Enforcement and the Community on “In The Loop”

Eddie Bocanegra, the executive director of the Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative, discussed recent police shootings in Chicago and elsewhere with three other community activists.

“Chicago Tonight” Looks at Violence in Chicago

October 05, 2016

“Chicago Tonight” Looks at Violence in Chicago

Eddie Bocanegra, executive director of the Y's Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative, took part in a solution-oriented panel discussion on violence in Chicago.

Urban Warriors Program on “American Graduate” Live National Broadcast

October 03, 2016

Urban Warriors Program on “American Graduate” Live National Broadcast

The YMCA of Metro Chicago's innovative violence cessation program Urban Warriors, which pairs veterans with youth, was featured on the American Graduate Day live broadcast on Saturday, Sept. 17.

September 19, 2016

Eddie Bocanegra a 4-Star Chicagoan

ABC7's Windy City Live spoke with YSVP Director Eddie Bocanegra about PTSD among inner-city youth for its new "4 Star Chicagoan" series.

August 29, 2016

South Side YMCA teams up with The Undefeated for a discussion on violence

Sports journalist Jemele Hall spoke with Jabari Parker, Cappie Pondexter and other at the South Side Y.

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