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So, you've decided to join the Y. We believe a congratulation is in order! You have made the very important first step to strengthening your life, your family’s life, and the community. When you join the Y, you join thousands of your neighbors and friends in the commitment to a healthier, happier and more secure tomorrow for us all. Click here for a new member packet to get you started, and be sure to check out a few interesting facts about the NSYMCA below.

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    It is the mission of the North Suburban YMCA to provide individuals in Northbrook and the surrounding areas with programs and tools that will help them become healthier, more connected and confident. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our community and each other. Every day, we work side-by-side with you, our neighbors, throughout 15 surrounding communities to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. The YMCA is a charitable organization, inclusive and welcoming to all in our community.


    In the early 1960's, when the national media was imprinting black and white images of tragedy and uncertainty on our memories, the North Suburban YMCA's scrapbook began to fill its pages with stories and pictures of growth and direction for the future. The Northbrook Y formally approved the proposed donation of land by the Covenant Church of America in April 1963. During that same year, our Y Indian-Guide program was started and the first Y community service project took place when 27 boys and girls from our Y community helped the Northbrook Garden Club clean up our local River Bank. Summer swim programs for Y members were held at Glenbrook North High School. The Northbrook Y officially changed its name to the North Suburban YMCA and moved its office to 1852 Shermer Road, where it had the complete use of basement facilities donated by Drs. Albert Nischke and Henry Diettrich. The fundraising campaign to build the Y's present facility started in the fall of 1966. Mr. James Otis, Jr. served as the general campaign chairman. Through commitment to the community and the Y mission, the goal became reality when the Y family moved into its new home on March 19, 1969. Later years saw the addition and renovation of facilities to meet our changing needs. This resulted in the current 85,000 square ft. building which our community and members call home. What began in 1960 as a recommendation to the Evanston Y that Kenneth A. Thiel be permitted to extend the work of the YMCA in the Village of Northbrook, grew into a Y that has directly and indirectly touched the lives of countless individuals.

    Click here to learn more about the origins of the North Suburban YMCA.


    The dedicated staff at the NSYMCA work day in and day out to bring you, our valued members and participants, quality programs in a top notch facility.


    North Suburban YMCA Staff

    North Suburban YMCA Staff

    North Suburban YMCA Staff

    North Suburban YMCA Staff


    THE Y IS A NON-PROFIT; As one of the leading non-profits across the country, the Y is dedicated to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility; providing services and programs that are inclusive, engaging, and innovative for individuals of all ages, from infacy to adulthood.


    The North Suburban YMCA serves in 15 local communities including Northbrook, Deerfield, Glenview, Wheeling, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Northfield and Highland Park, Riverwoods, Lincolnshire, Glencoe, Winnetka, Highwood, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Libertyville.


    We are more than a gym, the Y offers an array of youth and adult programs, including summer camp, competitive and recreational sports, dance classes, art classes, computer technology classes, swim lessons and swim team, gymnastics, fitness and wellness, education enrichment, youth development and more. And don't forget, at the Y, members get exclusive discounts and priority registration.

    Download a copy of the program guide to view current offerings, events and services.


    Each year the North Suburban YMCA subsidizes program fees for hundreds of kids, adults, and families to the tune of over $500,000 through our Strong Kids Financial Assistance Fund. This ensures that everyone in our community is able to participate in the life-changing programs that we offer here at the NSYMCA. To apply for financial assistance, contact Heidi Busch, NSYMCA Membership Director.

    Want to make a difference? You can donate to the Strong Kids Financial Assistance Fund here.


    In 2007 we launched Phase One of the NSYMCA Capital Campaign. Since the campaign’s inception we have renovated the facility, almost in its entirety. The most recent upgrades to the Strength Training Center and Track were impressive, transforming it from a dated, worn-out free weight room and walking track to a beautifully expanded training area with sleek, modern equipment, a larger rubberized floor, and new lighting, creating a motivating and welcoming environment. Phase Three of the Capital Campaign, "Pave the Way", is happening now.

    Want to get make a difference? You can learn more about the Capital Campaign here.