Nationwide Membership

Your Y membership gives you access to a network of Ys across the country, including Puerto Rico!

Nationwide membership gives you easy access to more than 2,600 Ys across the United States (including Puerto Rico) at no additional cost to you. Simply present your active YMCA membership card and photo ID at any participating YMCA and enjoy free access.

How Does Nationwide Membership Work?

We recommend following these guidelines before visiting a Y outside of Evanston:

  • Call before you visit
  • Contact the Y you plan to visit in advance to ensure it is one of the more than 2,600 Ys in the U.S. participating in the nationwide membership program.
  • Ask about YMCA Reciprocity benefits
  • Each Y may have different membership benefits than the McGaw YMCA.

Bring the Essentials

Bring your photo ID and plan to sign a liability waiver when you visit another Y. If you’re under 18, a parent or guardian will need to sign the waiver for you.

Please note! On average, at least 50% of your monthly visits to the Y must be to your Home Y (the local association that you joined originally and collects your membership dues). Nationwide membership is based on individual usage, not the overall usage of your couple or family membership.

All Ys reserve the right to restrict or revoke nationwide membership privileges. Registered sex offenders are prohibited from participating.


Ready to become a member? Find your Y and join today!

We're Here to Help

If you need more information or have questions, please email our Member Services team and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. For immediate assistance, call 847-475-7400 and press ‘1’ to speak with a Member Services team member.

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