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 NSYMCA

Offered in Fall I & II 2017


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 plaed in proper swim team groups for practice.
  • 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.


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

Offered in Fall I & II 2017


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 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.

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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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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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The old NSYMCA app will no longer be of service as of June 30th of 2017. As a result, the NSYMCA just launched a new updated Mobile App that is designed to make your Y experience better. 

Now you are able to stay up to date with your favorite fitness classes and instructors, up-to-the-minute updates on facility closures or maintenance, review your visit history and more starting today! 

For a video on how to use the new app, please click here


1. Type "M-Dock" in the search bar at your Google Play or Apple Store App. 

2. Download App


1. Sign-in using your Log-In Credentials (Note: new or first-time users, your password is automatically set to your first initial of your first name+first initial of your last name+date of birth (mmddyy). example for John Doe born on 02/01/1968, the password will be JD020168. )

2. Find and select "North Suburban YMCA"  in the Drop down menu. (This will only be done one-time in the set-up process)

3. Press continue

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Great question! Our new app allows for easier open communication to our members to deliver the best Y experience possible.  
For Example...

1. Members can check-in all family members in the same Family membership.

2. You are now able to see your visit history at the Y and are able to print it out for your Health Insurance reimbursements.

3. Real-time facility and program information. Any last minute cancellations will now be sent through the app as long as you allow push notifications.

4. You can now watch your favorite program using a "watchlist". Receive notifications and updates of only the classes and programs that matter to you! 


Yes! We are always listening to your feedbacks and looking into ways to better improve our member experience. Here is a list of future updates to come in the next couple of months.

1. Members will be able to register to programs and classes through their Mobile App

2. You will be able to check your up to date Loyalty Points.

For more information or any specific questions, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.
  • 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.
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.
  • 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.



Our trained and knowledgeable staff is here to provide you with an exceptional experience that will help you reach your health and wellness goals. We offer a state of the art fitness facility equipped with the tools that you will need to become stronger and healthier and our group exercise classes, many of them free to members, are second to none.






    They NSYMCA can provide you with the space you will need to host your next event, fund-raiser, party, meeting, banquet or celebration. With 7 multi-purpose, party and event rooms, a full sized gymnasium, 6 lane swimming pool and an outdoor area complete with ADA accessible playground, we are certain we can accommodate your facility rental and party package needs.

    The perfect place for your next PARTY OR MEETING!

    • B’nai Mitzvah Parties
    • Children's Theme Parties
    • Anniversaries
    • Adult Birthday Parties
    • Corporate Events and Celebrations


    • Party Planner & host staff
    • Inflatables for the pool
    • Entertainment
    • and More!


    Party Package Pricing - Includes one hour of chosen activity, plus 30 minutes in designated party room with tables and chairs, and a party host.

    Party Type

    Days/Times Available


    Sports Party 


    Saturday; After 7:00pm or

    Sunday; After 5:00pm


    Sports Party Full Court

    Saturday; After 7:00pm or

    Sunday; After 5:00pm


    Dance Party

    Subject to instructor availability.


    Pool Party w/Wibit or other inflatable play structure


    Saturday/Sunday; 2:30pm - 4:30pm

    *During Family Swim Time

    $375 (Fee includes  - 1 hour and 15 minutes in the pool and 45 minutes in a party room and a safety assessment & lifeguards)

    Saturday/Sunday; After 5:30pm

    $450   (Fee includes  - 1 hour and 15 minutes in the pool and 45 minutes in a party room and a safety assessment & lifeguards)

    Dive-In Movie

    Saturday/Sunday; After 5:30pm


    Art Party

    Subject to Instructor Availability

    $275  - May increase due to materials and number of participants. Taught by Art Instructor

    Facility Rental Prices - Additional fees may be required for after hour room rentals*


    Days/Times Available

    Hourly Fee

    Description & Included Amenities

    Tent Rental on YMCA Property

    Subject to availability,

    please call for details.

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    Includes picnic tables and private access to NSYMCA’s ADA

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    Includes tables, chairs, and access to the NSYMCA facility.




    Includes tables, chairs, and access to the NSYMCA facility.

    ABC Studio



    Includes tables, chairs, and access to the NSYMCA facility.

    Youth & Family Wellness Room



    Includes tables, chairs, and access to the NSYMCA facility.

    Conference Room



    Includes tables, chairs, and access to the NSYMCA facility, presentation equipment available for an additional fee.

    Studio Y



    Includes tables, chairs, and access to the NSYMCA facility.



    Saturday; After 7:00pm or

    Sunday; After 5:00pm

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    Includes tables, chairs, and access to the NSYMCA facility.



    Saturday; After 7:00pm or

    Sunday; After 5:00pm

    Call for pricing

    Includes tables, chairs, and access to the NSYMCA facility.


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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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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


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.





The schedule and events are subject to change.




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!