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Metro YMCA News

8 Benefits of Swimming All Year Long

Whether you feel the heat of the sun or the chill of a snow flurry, an indoor pool means that you can swim no matter the weather report. Here are eight reasons why, even in the coldest months, it’s always the perfect time to sign up your child for swim lessons.


West Communities Y Ready to Help Parents If CPS Teachers Strike

Register your child today. Space is limited.

September 30, 2016

Register today for spring session swim lessons!

We don’t just teach people how to swim - we teach children and adults how to stay safe in and around the water — and we’ve been doing it for 130 years!

February 01, 2019

Celebrate at the Y!

Did you know you can rent our facilities for birthday parties, swimming events or even work events?

February 01, 2019

New Class Alert!

Check out our new class offering, AND your invitation to the NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four event…

February 01, 2019

Blood Drive | Campaña de Donación de Sangre

Heartland Blood Centers is excited to join the Rauner family YMCA to allow you the opportunity to donate blood and help save lives in your local community! | ¡El centro de donación de Sangre Heartland se unirá con el YMCA para proveerles la oportunidad de donar sangre y salvar vidas en su comunidad!

December 28, 2018

We’re Hiring!

Would you like to make a difference? We're hiring!

October 02, 2018

Celebrate Spooky Season with the YMCA!

Join us for our frighteningly fun-filled Halloween celebration on Friday, October 26th, from 5-7pm. Our Halloween event is open to both members and non-members alike, so bring the whole family and enjoy a variety of Halloween-themed activities - it's guaranteed to be a "spooktacular" time!

October 01, 2018

Celebrate Healthy Kids Day at the West Communities YMCA: Friday, April 20, 2018

Join us from 4 to 6 p.m for fun, family-friendly activities. As always, Healthy Kids Day is 100% free and open to the public!

April 04, 2018

From the YMCA to the Sweet Sixteen

How Loyola Chicago basketball star Lucas Williamson learned the value of teamwork at a Chicago YMCA.

March 21, 2018

Community Schools Students Swim Toward Success at the West Communities YMCA

The West Communities YMCA helps children from low-income families living in the Southwest side of Chicago receive free instruction through the Y's Community Schools Initiative (Y-CSI).

August 01, 2017

With Your Help, We’re Making the West Communities Y Even Better

To continue improving our programs and facilities, we sent a survey to a random sampling of members for feedback and suggestions. Today, we?d like to thank those members and share a few steps we?re taking to make the Y even better.

March 02, 2017

Join the West Communities Y for a Back-to-Class Block Party This August

Celebrate the back-to-class season with free, family-friendly games and activities throughout Chicagoland.

July 27, 2016

How to Prepare for Next Week’s #YJumpingJackChallenge

Plus, the health benefits of jumping jacks

April 19, 2016

Introducing SMART START, the YMCA’s new personal fitness plan

Ease yourself into shape, one week at a time

April 11, 2016