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Along with our many program offerings for individuals with Special Needs, the Y has an aquatics Special Services Programs that is top of the line and has received medals for their effort.

Below is a list of programs that we offer for those with special needs. 

SPECIAL OLYMPICS SWIM TEAM

Special Olympics Swim Team NSYMCA

Offered in Winter & Spring 2018

6 + YEARS

Join us for fun and exercise or train with us to compete. The North Suburban YMCA Special Olympics swim team competes in the Special Olympic of Illinois swim meet, offering our swimmers the best combination of team sport and individual challenge.

  • All Participants for competition must be at least 8-years-old and able to swim 25 yards on their back and front.
  • Friday beginner classes do not require the child to have strong swimming abilities as we will teach them safety in the pool as well as swimming in a fun environment. Beginner class participants can be as young as 6-years-old.
  • Swimmers will be placed in proper swim team groups for practice. Practices will occur Fridays and Sundays.
  • Swimmers are welcomed to come join us in the water to try the program.
  • For more information or how to join, please email Missy Contri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ABOUT OUR SPECIAL OLYMPICS SWIM TEAM

The North Suburban YMCA’s “Flying Turtles” Swim Team achieved outstanding success in the Special Olympics District Swim Meet, held in Lake Forest, Illinois on March 19. By the end of the event, the team had collected a total of 21 medals, and nine team members had qualified to compete in the Special Olympics Illinois State Games in June. Just as importantly, every swimmer experienced the satisfaction and excitement of facing challenges and surpassing expectations.

Now in its third year at the North Suburban YMCA, the Flying Turtles Swim Team currently includes almost 30 swimmers. Coached by Tom March, the Y’s lead instructor for special needs services, the team brought home 13 gold medals, four silvers, and four bronzes from the March 19 meet. Nine of the swimmers qualified for the State Games, which will be held on June 10. Each participant gained the confidence and accomplishment of competing at a major meet with 20 other teams and enjoyed celebrating the team’s success together. A video created by March shows the pride felt by the team and their families.

“Every swimmer did an amazing job,” notes March. “Whether they were awarded with a first place medal or a participant ribbon, you could just see how they all beamed with their accomplishments. This year was the biggest showing that the North Suburban Y has ever had at the District meet, and we have a record number of swimmers going on to the Special Olympics State Games. I couldn’t be prouder of these swimmers and all they’ve achieved.”

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

Private Swim

Offered in Winter & Spring 2018

3 YEARS OLD - ADULT

These one-on-one lesson are 30 minutes in length. Prices vary for semi-private lessons. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to set up your private lessons. Director’s approval is needed prior to registration. We are known in our community for professional and effective special needs private lessons specifically designed for each participant with the initial goal of water safety in and around the water.

OTHER SPECIAL SERVICES

We offer a variety of special services programming exercise connection, yoga, workout buddy, and healthy living class. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Here at the NSYMCA we offer a wide variety of programs to meet every individual need whatever their station in life may be. From fitness classes to keep you active and healthy to art programs that will allow you to connect to your creative side, and everything in between, we have something for everyone!  


 

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But We Need A Functional Parking Lot! 

We need to raise $200,000 to MATCH a donation towards a NEW parking lot by July 31st to help us renovate, resurface, add more handicapped spaces, and add new lighting - plus lose those potholes! DONATE NOW and your donation will DOUBLE!


All donations of $500 or more will be entered into a drawing for a personal parking space for one year. Please call for details.

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Robert and Betty Olson Elizabeth and Robert Parkinson Michael and Linda Redstone
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Robert & Laurie Riley

Roberta Rosell

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We have listened to your feedback and in our efforts to bring  the best experience to our guest the NSYMCA has adopted a NEW, user friendly app with amazing new features to help in your fitness goals and more! The Healthy Living App! 

COMING SOON. VIDEO TUTORIALS


WHERE DO I GET THE APP?

1. Type "NSYMCA" or "North Suburban YMCA" in the search bar at your Google Play or Apple Store App. 

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2. Download App

HOW DO I USE THE APP?

1. Create an new account

2. Fill out all information including:

• Your height and weight. 

• Fitness goals

• Workout information

 

 

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SET UP YOUR BARCODE!

• Click the top right button.
• Line up the barcode of your ID
using your camera phone with the
box on screen and take a picture
• or manually type your numerical ID number.

 

WHAT ELSE CAN IT DO!

You can now sync your Fitness devices with our App!
• You can now track your progress using our Y App

Easy to access schedules
• Get the latest updates in fitness classes
• 1 touch access to the pool & gym schedule

Get the latest news about the Y
• Push notifications
• Alerts you of the latest Y events
• Alerts you of facilities closures

FITNESS CHALLENGES!
• Enter fitness challenges
• see others in their progress to
become a better “us”
• Motivate your fellow fitness partners
in their efforts for a healthier lifestyle

and so much more

campSummer is finally upon us and we are looking forward to the BEST SUMMER EVER here at the Y! June 12th is the official start of summer camp and our building and grounds will be buzzing for the next 10 weeks. You may want to adjust your schedule if you anticipate that summer camp activities may interfere with your routine. To ensure you enjoy your summer at the Y with minimal disruption please note the following:

- The camp day runs from 9 am to 4 pm. 
- Camp drop-off starts at 8:45am in the southwest side of the parking lot.
- Mid-day pickup/drop-off is at 11:45/12:45 in the same places.
- End of day will be around 4:00 pm.
 
HOW WILL THIS IMPACT YOU! (IMPACT ON MEMBERS)
 
  • Lap Swim schedule will be limited during camp hours. Please check the schedule online, the NSYMCA app or call the guest services desk.
  • There will be NO OPEN gym time in between 9am-4pm, Monday - Friday.
  • The Family Locker Room is reserved for camp from 12:30 to 4pm Monday through Friday during the camp season.
  • Kidzone & GameZone hours will remain the same throughout the summer with no anticipated changes. Visit us online for hours.
THE Y WILL BE CLOSED ON THE 4th OF JULY BUT WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE NORTHBROOK 4th OF JULY PARADE. PLEASE JOIN US IN REPRESENTING THE Y!
 
Drop Off information: 
  • ADVENTURERS, NAVIGATORS, SPECIALTY & VOYAGERS: Gate at the far end of the field by the gravel lot. Campers will be met at their cars. Parents do not leave the car. Please stay in the designated car lane for drop off.
  • DANCE, GYMNASTICS, SPORTS & TRAILBLAZERS CAMPS: By the tree just south of the circle drive. Campers will be met at their cars. Parents do not leave the car. Please stay in the designated car lane for drop off.
  • PRESCHOOL, ART & EXTENDED CARE CAMPSParents are required to park and walk their campers in. Bring your camper to the designated drop off area; playground/K-Club room or art room for art camp.
The parking lot will be crowded, so please be patient and drive extra carefully and slowly. We are doing our best to ensure there is as little impact to your visit as possible.
   
There will be lots of children and "joyful" noise filling our program rooms, fields, and hallways. Remember, on rainy days, they will be occupying every dry room and space they can find if they are not on a field trip. Camp does utilize a number of tents on the outside, but with over 200 children in camp per week, we will need to keep the campers dry, so please be aware of weather conditions.
 
TRAFFIC REMINDER:
  • There will be a change of traffic flow for the summer. In the parking lot, the lane closest to the building will be for northbound traffic only!
   
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kathy Fielding, VP of Member Engagement & Programs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 847-272-7250.
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The North Suburban YMCA is so honored to be nominated in 5 categories in the Make IT Better Best of 2017! These awards honor the best businesses and services in Chicago and around the North Shore. We would appreciate if you voted for us in the following categories.  

Best Fitness Classes  #4  &  Best Swim School #8 - Click here

Best Day Camp #1 - Click Here

Best Kids Birthday Party Venue - #1 -Click Here

Best Fundraiser #1 - Click Here

Voting Closes May 15th. 

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ACTIVE HAPPY KIDS

On Saturday, April 29th kids and families around the nation will celebrate the YMCA’s Healthy Kids® Day, the nation’s largest health day for kids and families. The North Suburban YMCA will open their doors to a free, fun-filled event that includes interactive games, engaging and creative family activities, demonstrations and health give-a-ways to encourage children and families to adopt behaviors that support a healthier lifestyle. Healthy Kids Day encourages families to “Put Play in Their Day” and this year we welcome presenters like Northwestern Medicine, UL, Lowe’s of Northbrook and many more. For a copy of our flyer, Click here



BE A PART OF THE COMMUNITY
 

Interested in being a vendor at Healthy Kids Day?  Come showcase your business or service to the hundreds of families that come visit us that day!  
Click here for details and application.

 


 

 

EVENTS FOR HEALTHY KIDS DAY

The schedule and events are subject to change.

 

 

Presentations

1:30 pm - "Summer Safety/Healthy Eating and BMI" Presented by Dr. Peter Lechman (Northwestern Medicine)

2:30 pm - "Your Child & Technology" Presented by Dori Mages, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Northshore Family Services)

3:00 pm - "Keep Your Family Safe" Fire Prevention and Demonstrations - Northbrook Fire Department

 

Games, Activities and More!

Bubble Soccer (Sponsored by Waterway Carwash)

Girls Fashion Show (Sponsored by Athleta)

Northbrook Symphony

Planting with Lowe's of Northbrook

Food Court (Featuring Subway, Pinstripes, Noodles & Company and More!)

Worm Fun with the "Worm Lady"

Outdoor Obstacle Course (Weather permitting) 

Children's Yoga and Meditation classes

and much more to announce!