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February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the North Suburban YMCA offers the following tips to help families in our 14 communities to be heart healthy.

  1. Get Physical: Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule opportunities for active play; for example, include a brisk 10-minute trip around the block after meals or a 10-minute walking break during the day. If your family enjoys active video games, select versions that require moving the body’s large muscle groups while playing.

  2. Take a Snooze: Lack of sleep can be associated with elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. Adults need at least seven, but no more than nine hours of sleep at night to aid with the prevention of heart disease. Children need 10-12 hours of sleep per night. Develop bedtime routines for the whole family to assist with falling asleep faster and staying asleep.

  3. Shape Up Those Recipes: Makeover your family’s favorite recipes by reducing the amount of salt and saturated fat and substituting a lower fat food without sacrificing tastes. For example, use low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream and skip the seasoning packet and use pepper and olive oil instead. Read food labels to learn more about what is in the package, select foods that have less than 1,000 mg of sodium per serving

  4. Feeling the Pressure: Revised blood pressure guidelines from American Heart Association mean that nearly half of all Americans (46 percent) have high blood pressure.  Lowering or maintaining normal blood pressure can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Start self-monitoring your blood pressure and know the numbers. Discuss the results with your doctor, if needed.

  5. Play Together: Spending time together as a family is a great way to reduce stress, which is important to heart health. Make homemade valentines for your children’s classmates or build a snow fort together in the yard or the park.  

For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, please contact Wellness Director, Megan Vazquez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Allen Mendell

I have been a Y member since moving to Northbrook in 1980. I have brought my sons and their friends for swimming and open gym while they were growing up. They also went to the great summer camps. I love the YMCA for the family atmosphere and diversity of people and all the different age groups from young children to seniors like me. The people that work there are always cheerful and helpful. I have been in the Workout Buddy program for a year now and really had enjoyed it. My hobbies are working out, gardening, walking my dogs, handball, and going to our farm in Jo Davies county.

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Joe Giorango 

Joe started BODYPUMP in May of 2017 and continues to attend the classes three to four times a week. 

"I must say I was a little apprehensive about the class because, to be honest, I didn't think I was in very good shape. After my first few classes, I realized the class is geared toward everyone no matter what skill levels and you get to work at your own pace. All of the instructors are very knowledgeable and show a real interest in helping everyone succeed and obtain their goals."

Joe has begun taking GRIT classes and finds the classes to be very helpful in attaining good health.

"Both BODYPUMP and GRIT classes are really for everyone. I guarantee anyone taking the classes will feel better about themselves and will continue to notice an improvement in their health and well-being. I hope the BODYPUMP and GRIT classes will continue to remain an important part of the workout and conditioning programs of the YMCA."

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Sheedy Family 

The North Suburban YMCA is a huge part of our family’s life. Our daughters, who are 9 and 7, have been attending NSYMCA’s summer camps and after-school Y-Time program since they were in kindergarten and pre-kindergarten.  Caitlin and Arianna have literally grown up in the North Suburban YMCA.  They have participated in gymnastics, ballet, jazz dance, piano, tap, computer, magic and cooking classes at NSYMCA.  But more than the many activities and learning opportunities and fun that we have all had at NSYMCA, our daughters have had wonderful counselors, teachers, and caregivers who have been great role models and inspirations to our girls.  And, through all of these years, our daughters simply think that they are having fun growing up in a great community of people. But, we know that they are learning life lessons and creating friendships that will be important for the years to come.
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I Love the Y because I keep losing weight. I like doing my own routine. I really like working out with my Y Buddy!



The Y is more than just a Gym. We bring offer more to our community in the form of special community events, a facility to use for personal parties and more. 


    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.

    Call for

    Includes picnic tables and private access to NSYMCA’s ADA

    accessible playground.




    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

    Call for pricing

    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.


    For more information and reservations contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






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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 NSYMCA

Offered in Winter & Spring 2018


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.


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 Winter & Spring 2018


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.


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.




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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