Belong to something more than just a gym at the Y.

At McGaw YMCA, you’ll find more than just a neighborhood gym. When you join the YMCA, you’ll discover new ways to connect with your potential, purpose, and community. The Y is where you can belong and thrive at every stage of life. We focus on empowering young people, improving our community’s health and well-being, and inspiring action in and across Evanston. With a McGaw Y membership, you’ll find the support you need to transform your health and take your fitness to the next level with none of the pressure. A YMCA gym membership is your community connection to feeling great through our extensive fitness facilities, programs, and classes. No matter where you are on your health and fitness journey, the Y is a supportive community where you can be, belong and become. And there has never been a better time to join!

Membership Includes:

  • Expansive fitness facilities with cardio equipment, free weight area, HIIT/Cycle Studio, gym and basketball courts, indoor pickleball courts, indoor track, and racquetball courts
  • Indoor heated 4-lane and 6-lane swimming pools
  • Unlimited free group and aqua fitness classes for all abilities and levels
  • 3 free SMART START 1:1 coaching sessions with a personal trainer
  • No contract to join, no annual fee
  • Free parking
  • Savings and priority registration on all McGaw Y programs, including sports, swim lessons, day camp, Camp Echo, childcare, and more
  • Special rates on personal training, nutrition coaching and massage
  • Access to participating Ys in Illinois and across the country
  • Free Kids Club access with Family Memberships (up to 2 hours/day while using the facility)
  • Exclusive access to family swim and family gym times in our pools and gym with Family Memberships
  • Discounted member rates for seniors, active-duty military personnel, and veterans
  • An opportunity to be a part of the Y movement and support our mission through volunteering and our community response efforts.
At the Y, you’ll find countless opportunities to get moving and experience the joy of better health. All it takes is one first step! Find what moves you and join today.

Take a Tour!

Are you interested in a 30-minute virtual or in-person tour of McGaw YMCA? Request one today! This is a great way to see our extensive fitness facilities and experience everything we have to offer.

Be Our Guest

Experience a day at the Y on us with a complimentary one-day guest pass. This is a great way to visit our Y, take a tour, and try out some of the amenities before making a final decision.

Financial Assistance

Cost should never be a barrier to enjoying a Y membership. Learn about financial assistance opportunities.


Corporate partner discount: Employees who work at one of McGaw Y’s corporate partners enjoy 15% off their membership fee and no joining fee. Corporate partner employees must be active members on any family membership to receive the discount. Please present proof of employment at time of joining. Current corporate partners include Northwestern University and Rotary International. If you are interested in having your organization become a corporate partner, please contact Member Services.

Senior discount: Individuals age 63 and older may opt-in to a senior membership at 10% off. If joining under a family membership, both individuals must be 63 or older to receive this discount. If interested in opting in, please visit the YMCA front desk when joining or to change your membership type.

Military discount: Active Duty: 50% off membership fee. Contact Military OneSource at to confirm eligibility and receive an eligibility form. Bring your eligibility form, Military ID and Deployment Orders or Military Service Headquarters approval letter to the front desk to receive discount.

Veterans: No joiner fee and receive 25% off membership fee. Present your Retired Military ID, Veterans DD214 or Veterans ID card from the Department of Veteran Affairs to the front desk to receive discount.

Discounts cannot be combined with scholarships based on income.

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