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DECEMBER 4–17 When you register for a program at time of joining




A NOTE FROM THE CEO Dear Valued Members, Winter is a time for gathering together, for seeking comfort and finding a respite from the predictably cold weather. In the chilly months ahead, it is so important to stay engaged in the things that strengthen community life. At McGaw YMCA, we offer exciting opportunities for all people to do just that—to experience what we are proud to call the McGaw Difference. Within the pages of this guide, you will find programming that reflects our continued focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. This year, thanks to the generous support of so many members and donors, McGaw YMCA is able to provide sliding scale fees for Camp Echo and expanded early childhood learning at Head Start in Evanston’s 5th Ward. Now, more than ever, the McGaw Difference is touching the lives of people throughout Evanston. As a member of the McGaw Y, you belong to a community that values caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. We are so grateful that you have chosen to belong and it is my hope that this program guide will encourage you to experience the McGaw Difference. Now, in the midst of colder temperatures, I am confident that your family will find many ways to stay warm by taking advantage of our wide-ranging programs and services. We endeavor to be a nurturing place for members to learn, grow and thrive. Have a peaceful holiday season and may you experience an exciting and joyful New Year. With gratitude for your valued membership, I remain, Yours truly,

Mark A. Dennis Jr., President & CEO

VISION The McGaw YMCA will be Evanston’s lead collaborative partner in strengthening community.


MISSION The McGaw YMCA is an open, charitable membership association that promotes growth in spirit, mind, and body through programs and services for all.

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FIND IT FAST: GENERAL INFORMATION .........................................................4–7 BIRTHDAY PARTIES & SPACE RENTALS .....................................8–9 EVENTS ............................................................................10–11 YOUTH & TEENS ................................................................13–22 CAMP ECHO / OVERNIGHT CAMP....................................................13 CHILDREN’S CENTER / DAY CARE & MORE .............................14 –15 AQUATICS .....................................................................................16–18 SWIM & GYM ......................................................................................19 TUTORING ...........................................................................................19 SPORTS ..............................................................................................20 METAMEDIA / DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY & MAKERSPACE ..............20 AMERICAN RED CROSS CLASSES ....................................................21 MARTIAL ARTS ...................................................................................22 ADULTS ............................................................................23–27 SPORTS & LEAGUES ..........................................................................23 AQUATICS ...........................................................................................23 PERSONAL TRAINING, PILATES & MASSAGE .................................24 TRAINING & FITNESS .................................................................26–27

McGaw YMCA 1000 Grove Street, Evanston, IL 60201 P 847-475-7400 W general information




Monday– Friday



6am –7pm


7am – 6pm

FACILITY FEATURES Exercise and Wellness Facilities

WELLNESS CENTER • Life Fitness treadmills, cross-trainers, and stair climbers • Lifecycle upright and recumbent bikes • StairMaster stepmills • Cardio theater system with five 52” televisions and audio plugins at each cardio machine

* For enhanced safety and security, all members must vacate our facility at closing time. Pool closes 30 minutes, and Wellness Center closes 15 minutes, prior to facility closing time. Last entrance to the facilities will be 30 minutes prior to closing time. December 24: 7am–3pm December 31: 7am–3pm December 25: CLOSED January 1: 9am–3pm

PILATES STUDIO Pilates personal training studio

CYCLE STUDIO Cycling studio for spin classes.

FREE WEIGHT AREA • Complete strength training circuit • Hammer Strength free weight area

RACQUETBALL COURTS Racquetball, handball, walleyball, and squash courts

SEBRING-LEWIS CENTER 30,000 square-foot gymnasium with two full basketball courts, and an indoor running/walking track

GROUP EXERCISE STUDIO Spacious studio for group exercise classes


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Indoor Pools

4-LANE POOL Warm Water Pool: 25 yards, four lanes, primarily used for swim lessons, family swim, open swim, and select water fitness classes. 72 lengths to the mile. Water temperature maintained between 85–87° F.

LOCKERS • Men’s and women’s adult-only locker rooms • Everybody’s locker room with private changing rooms complete with shower, toilet facilities and changing table, for parents or guardians with children of any age, for people with disabilities and their caregivers, and for all genders. • Boys’ and girls’ locker rooms for grades 3–8 • Small and large rental lockers available, or bring a lock for daily use (items cannot be left overnight). See front desk to rent a lock. Facilities for Children & Families

6-LANE POOL Murdough Pool: 25 yards, six lanes, primarily used for lap swimming, advanced swim lessons, swim team practice and meets, and select water fitness classes. 72 lengths to the mile. Water temperature maintained between 79–81° F.

METAMEDIA Evanston’s premiere makerspace for middle-school youth.

HOT TUB Hot Tub (18 yrs. & up). Water temperature approximately 103°F. Max capacity is 4 people. Locker Rooms

BEIDLER CHILDCARE CENTER • Up to 2 free hours per day for children and up to 1 hour for non-walking infants. • For the most up-to-date hours, please go to

SAUNA Separate steam rooms and saunas in both men’s and women’s locker rooms for those 18 and over.

CHINNOCK LOUNGE Free WiFi access in Wellness Center and Chinnock Lounge

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YOUR MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES • Members of the McGaw YMCA receive parking passes for our lot. Enjoy free parking up to 2 hours per day while you work out. • Unlimited guest passes (see policy on page 6) • Up to two hours of free childcare with a family membership while you work out • Member rates and advance registration for our programs and classes • Membership privileges at more than 2,300 Ys across the country • Your choice of over 100 free group fitness classes & a one hour FREE Fitness Assessment • Tutoring for youth members in grades K–8; one hour per week. (more on page 18)

CUSTOMER SERVICE GUARANTEE Customer service is our highest priority. We are committed to providing services and activities that meet your expectations. If you are not fully satisfied with your membership or class, please contact any member of our Leadership team. Their e-mail addresses are listed on this page and can all be reached by calling 847-475-7400.

AWAY Program (Always Welcome At the Y) When traveling, you can access more than 2,300 YMCAs across the country by showing your McGaw YMCA membership card. Some local restrictions and fees may apply, so please call ahead before your first visit. You can look up YMCAs by location at

MEMBERSHIP CARD All members receive a membership card when they join. Present your card every time you enter the building. For security reasons, each child on a family membership must have his/her own card and cannot be scanned in on an adult’s card. Members can scan in using the McGaw YMCA app (available in the Apple and Android stores). Members without cards may be denied access to the facility. If you lose your card, you can buy a replacement card for $5. We may suspend or terminate membership for anyone who falsifies a membership card, allows an unauthorized guest in the building, or engages in similar behavior.


MEMBERSHIP FOR ALL We’re proud of our commitment to serve our diverse community. Membership for All—pricing based on household income and family size— helps to make membership affordable to people of all economic means. To learn how Membership for All might affect your membership rates, stop by Member Relations with your most recent federal 1040 tax form to verify your eligibility. For more information, contact Member Relations at 847-475-7400 x0.

GUESTS Every member can bring an unlimited number of guests. You may bring up to four guests per visit and each guest can come to the Y as a guest up to three times per year. After the third visit the guest must purchase a daily pass. Guests must fill out all appropriate paperwork and a waiver at the Front Desk. Members are responsible for the conduct of their guests while at the Y. We reserve the right to restrict guests from using the Y when certain facilities are unavailable or when member traffic is high. All adult guests must present a valid government-issued photo ID.

Youth Guest Pass Policy Youth guests may purchase a daily guest pass to access the YMCA. An adult must accompany each guest younger than 11 years old.

Guest fees per day Family Adult High School (14 –18 years) Youth (3–13 years)

$30 $20 $10 $5

PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS Limited scholarship funds, based on a member’s household income and family size, are available to McGaw YMCA members for adult swim lessons and most youth programs. A McGaw YMCA member who qualifies can receive up to a 50% reduction of one program/class fee per session. We apply scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis. To increase the likelihood of receiving scholarship funds, we strongly recommend that you register for a program as soon as member registration opens. Contact Member Relations for details.

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To cancel your membership and stop membership payments, please give us written notice by the 25th day of your last month of membership. For example, to cancel your membership in February, we must receive written notice by January 25. We will accept your written cancellation, including the name and address on your account, in person, by mail, or by email at It helps us to improve our quality of service if you share a detailed reason for your cancellation. To discuss cancellations, please call Member Relations at 847.475.7400 x0. Joiner’s fees and any monthly membership fees are non-refundable. We will refund annual membership fees on a prorated basis for the unused portion of the membership, minus a $25 service fee.

Once you register for a program, we will not refund or credit payment unless it is for medical reasons (Camp Echo and the Children’s Center have separate refund policies). If you withdraw from a class for medical reasons, please submit a physician’s note, and we may apply a pro-rated credit to your account, based on the number of remaining classes. All credits are valid for one year from their creation date. There is a $10 processing fee. We reserve the right to cancel programs. If you are registered for a program that is canceled, we will give you a full refund. Refunds will not be issued for amounts under $10.

MEMBERSHIP HOLDS You can put your membership on hold once per year, for up to 90 days at a time. Pay a one-time fee of $25 and submit a written request for a membership hold. We will stop your automatic monthly payments for up to 90 days, then automatically reinstate monthly billing after the hold period. If you wish to hold your membership, we must receive written notice of your request and payment by the 25th day of the month prior.

SECURITY Please be sure to secure your belongings while using the Y facilities. The McGaw YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Please bring a lock to secure your items in the locker room. You can store valuables in our small keyless security lockers in the Wellness Center, men’s locker room, and everybody’s locker room. Overnight lockers in the locker rooms are also available for a monthly rental fee. For more information, please see any member relations staff at the Front Desk.

SAFETY POLICIES Because children and teens are an integral part of our mission and programming, we use a check-in system that scans government-issued identification and compares it against a national child sex offender registry. Members are regularly checked and need only bring their member ID. Non-members, including program participants and guests, must bring a valid identification that includes a photo and date of birth (such as a driver’s license or passport) each time they visit the McGaw YMCA. Convicted sex offenders will not be permitted to enter McGaw facilities, hold memberships, participate in programs, or live in the residence. Thank you for your cooperation to ensure the safety of everyone who visits the McGaw YMCA. CONTACT


EMAIL info@

Member Relations Maggie Allexsaht

Director of Member Relations


Mira Rodgers

Membership/Healthy Living Senior Director


Emily Rasmussen

Health & Wellness Engagement Director

SwimSportsPlay@ EmilyM@

Becca Schroeder

Children’s Center Registration Manager


Swim, Sports, & Play

To contact Member Relations, please call 847-475-7400 or email

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PARTIES & SPACE RENTALS For more information about any of our parties, contact All prices are subject to change.

It’s time to celebrate at the McGaw YMCA! What better place for your child to celebrate a birthday than at the McGaw Y? We have birthday party fun down to an art, and our facility is a giant playground for kids eager to run, climb, swim and play (and eat cake, of course). By the way, it doesn’t have to be a birthday party. If you’ve got anything to celebrate, we’ve got a party in store for you. PARTY OPTIONS: Gym or Pool for 1 hour $200 M / $250 NM With Party Room for 1 hour $250 M / $300 NM All pricing is the same unless noted otherwise. All parties accommodate up to 25 participants unless noted otherwise. PARTY TIMES AVAILABILITY* Gym Parties Saturdays 3:30–5:30pm Sundays 12–2pm / 1–3pm / 2–4pm Pool Parties Fridays 7–9pm Saturdays 2–4pm / 3–5pm Sundays 2–4pm / 3–5pm *Occasionally times are available outside of this range. These days and times are subject to change.

SWIM & GYM PARTY AGE: 4+ years $325 M / $375 NM For 45 minutes kids are in the gym, then for 45 minutes they are in the pool. Then, take the party upstairs for an hour in a multi-purpose party room. Add to your party by including our optional inflatables for the pool or gym!


PRESCHOOL GYM PARTY AGE: 2–4 years The party starts with 30 minutes of open play on an indoor playground of mats, tunnels, toys, and foam shapes. Then our staff members lead 30 minutes of playground games.

BIG KID GYM PARTY AGE: 5–8 years The party starts with 30 minutes of open play with gym equipment. Then our staff members lead group games for 30 minutes. Finish with an hour in the party room for an additional charge. There is also the option to add an inflatable bounce house.

SPORTS GYM PARTY AGE: 5–12 years This party is for kids who can’t get enough sports! In the gym, we start with 30 minutes of staff-led drills and skills, then a 30-minute officiated scrimmage. There are several different sports themes to choose from, including basketball, football, volleyball, soccer, or floor hockey. Add an optional party room for an additional charge.

POOL PARTIES AGE: 4+ years Reserve our 4-lane, warm-water pool for 50 minutes of fun with your friends! We provide foam noodles and a supervising lifeguard. Then, as an option, take the party upstairs for an hour in a multi-purpose party room. Also add one of our pool inflatables for even more fun! NOTES: • At least one supervising adult must be present on the pool deck throughout the party. • At least one adult must accompany every five children ages 5–7 and every three children under 5 years old in the water.

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AGE: 4–10 years $325 M / $375 NM For an hour in the gym, children will learn some of the Taekwon-do basic techniques in a safe and engaging setting. Instructors use games, drills, and board-breaking to make the party an exciting and unique experience for party participants. After, continue the party in one of our party rooms for another hour of fun!

AGE: 9–14 years $415 M / $540 NM Does your child love making things, video games, and technology? Give your child an unforgetable birthday experience with a tech party at Metamedia! We prodive the location, technology, and the party instructors. You invite the guests, and we can do the rest! Birthday kid gets a great gift from the Y. Spend an hour tinkering, then choose from one of our party themes for a 30-minute instructor-led workshop. Finish with an hour in the party room to continue the fun! THEMES: • Videography & stop motion animation • Video Game Design • Spoken word and poetry • Fine arts and Photography Or a mix up! Accomadates up to 20 guests.

SPACE RENTALS Do you need a space for an office party, fundraiser, or another event? At the McGaw YMCA, we have several venues to choose from to fit your needs.


1 hour / $110 M / $130 NM Rent out MetaMedia for your team meeting, office party, fundraiser, or other event! Our creative, high tech, comfortable working and meeting space is the perfect venue for any function.


1 hour / $85 M / $110 NM The Evanston Review Room is in a private and quiet location and can be used for meetings, classes or other functions. It has a big wall mirror, and is handicapped accessible. To rent out one of our spaces, please call 847-475-7400 x281 and leave a message.

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1 hour / $100 M / $130 NM A perfect venue for small gatherings like bridal or baby showers, or a convenient and attractive meeting space, the Chinnock Lounge offer comfortable seating, space, free WiFi, and a central location.


SKYDECK NORTH 1 hour / $75 M / $105 NM SKYDECK SOUTH 1 hour / $85 M / $110 NM NORTH & SOUTH 1 hour / $130 M / $160 NM Overlooking the 6-Lane Pool, the Skydeck is a multi-purpose room suited for parties, office or staff meetings, and classes alike. Use of kitchenette included!




$30 YMCA Family / $60 Non-YMCA family Join us for our Sweetheart Dance and be a part of a special night! Dance the night away, enjoy music and each others’ company, and create lasting memories. Open to the whole family!


SLEEP OVER March 17th, 5pm–March 18th, 8am $50 YMCA Family / $75 Non-YMCA Family This sleep over is a true adventure! Bring a tent or borrow one from us and have a camp out at the Y. Show your kids a great time and join others for Family swim and gym activities, dinner, a movie in the gym, and bedtime snack.





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CAMP ECHO Overnight camp in Fremont, Michigan





GRADE: 3rd–8th grade* Since 1924, young campers have enjoyed the wonders of summer camp on Camp Echo’s incredible peninsula location. “The Peninsula” remains the focal point of our traditional summer camp programs, which develop young campers through various camp activities, such as sailing, archery, arts & crafts, and more. Campers grow personally and learn to enjoy independence in a safe environment, while also working with their cabin mates to develop into a caring and successful group during their time together at Camp Echo.

GRADE: 6th– 12th grade* Camp Echo’s Adventure Trips are an experience unlike any other: kayaking among Lake Huron’s thousands of islands, cycling through northern Michigan’s breathtaking scenery, backpacking through spectacular Porcupine Mountains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and the list goes on. Camp Echo’s Adventure trips take the fun, community, and growth opportunities (self-confidence, group living, leadership, and technical outdoor skills) of summer camp on the road and expose participants to a whole new world of experiences. camp echo

GRADE: 9th– 11th grade* Camp Echo’s on-site teen programs offer older campers increased independence and responsibility, with some of the familiarity and routine of traditional summer camp. Camp Echo’s teen leadership programs are focused on preparing participants to become successful leaders in the camping environment and beyond. Participants work together to further their understanding of what it means to be a leader and how to facilitate successful groups of campers and peers, while taking on an increasingly active counseling role.

ALL AGES Strengthen family ties, become part of a community of families, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy all of Camp Echo’s wonderful activities with your family and others! Activities for the whole family are supplemented by separate programming for adults, teens, children, and preschoolers. *GRADES IN 2018–2019 SCHOOL YEAR 13

CHILDREN’S CENTER McGaw YMCA Children’s Center 1420 Maple Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201


At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. That’s why our infant/toddler, preschool, and school age programs are staffed with teachers who understand the cognitive, physical, language, and social development of children. We respect and nurture your child’s need to feel connected and supported in exploring the world around them. At our center, babies develop trust and security, preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their environment, and school-age children make friends, discover their interests, and receive homework assistance. We’re committed to building confident children today and bright futures tomorrow.

Our center houses two Infant class, three Toddler classes, six Full-Day Preschool classes, three PartDay Preschool classes and five School-Age classes. We also have an indoor playroom, 250-seat auditorium, large lunch/activity room, arts room, outdoor playgrounds, administrative offices, and an on-site enrollment office. Our programs use the McGaw YMCA pool, locker rooms and gymnasium for weekly swim and fitness activities!



Our programs are child centered and developmentally appropiate to foster curiosity, creativity, and self-esteem in all children. We engage children in physical and intellectual enrichments such as swimming, gym, art, and music.


Our classrooms are intentionally designed to enhance the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical growth of all children.

Our teachers and staff encourage children to use critical thinking and problem solving daily to strengthen social skills, resolve conflicts, and gain independence.


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INFANT & TODDLER CARE Let’s give them a great start! We think that the building blocks to a happy adulthood begin at the youngest age and we want to make sure that your child gets a chance to build relationships and develop their own personality, so they can grow up to be a secure and well-rounded adult. Our teachers know that children meet their milestones when they are ready, so we encourage each child to develop at their own pace.


AGE: K–5th grade In this afterschool program, youth are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and academic outcomes. Participants enjoy a daily snack, homework help, and choice-based enrichments each season of the year. Special enrichments are offered weekly and include swim lessons, art, youth sports, hip-hop dance, music, tae kwon do, tutoring, and so much more!


AGES: K–5th grade January 2–5 $75/day M, $83/day NM Registration: November 27–December 20 Enjoy a little taste of Summer Camp this winter! Join us for fun filled days where we will experience our favorite summer camptivities like arts & crafts, improv, sports & games, dance and more!


AGES: K–5th grade March 26–30 Registration starts February 26 Get ready for a fun-filled week where we will celebrate the joys of spring! Our Spring Break Camp will be filled with spring-themed activities that will get us moving and embrace all that spring has to offer.

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PART DAY PRESCHOOL Come explore with us! Here, children get to play, learn new skills, and are eased into a preschool setting, which prepares them for kindergarten. Your child will be with the same children and the same teachers every day, so they can easily form relationships and make friends.

FULL DAY PRESCHOOL Our preschoolers discover science, arts, healthy habits, literacy and more! We know how fast children that age develop and that they want to explore and learn, and here they can! Preschool at the Y is always exciting, from field trips and swimming lessons, to gym activities, music, and more!


AGES: 1st–6th grade June 11–August 10 REGISTRATION: Priority:1/ 2/18 Member:1/ 15/18 General: 1/ 22/18 Day Camp is a fun, exciting, safe community where kids explore the outdoors, develop skills and make lasting friendships. Swimming, arts & crafts, games, and exciting field trips will make unforgettable experiences.


AGES: 4th–6th grade 2 SESSIONS Connect with your inner Naturalist to explore local forest preserves through hands-on experiential activities. We’ll use hand lenses, field guides, and binoculars to take a closer look at nature!


AGES: 4th–6th grade 2 SESSIONS Bring your sense of adventure and take part in new skill building activities such as outdoor cooking, archery, fire building, and more! Daily adventures will connect us with the great outdoors and help us develop an appreciation for wilderness and nature!


YOUTH AQUATICS Whether taking lessons, or enjoying open or family swim, your kids stay fit, healthy and strong when they spend time in the water. Swimming also helps them gain confidence and improve coordination while having a great time. Aquatics Programs: January 13–March 23

Parent and Child Classes | A / WATER DISCOVERY Parents accompany children in this stage, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encouarges them to enjoy themselves while learning about water.

PARENT/CHILD 1AQSLPC AGE: 6 months –3 years | 10 Weeks, once per week MONDAY




9:30–10am 5:30–6pm





8:30–9am 10:30–11am


*NOTE: Rubber swim diaper required for children not potty trained.

Parent and Child Classes | B / WATER EXPLORATION Parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

SUNFISH 1AQSLSUN AGE: 2 ½–4 years | 10 Weeks, once per week MONDAY



4– 4:30pm







10–10:30am 11:30am–12pm


*NOTE: Rubber swim diaper required for children not potty trained.

Swim Basics | 1 / WATER ACCLIMATION Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

PIKE 1AQSLPIK AGE: 3–5 years | 10 Weeks, once per week *INTENSIVE (1/17–2/16) OR (2/21–3/23) | W&F 4:15– 4:45pm | 5 weeks, twice per week MONDAY







4– 4:30pm

9:30–10am 4:30–5pm 5–5:30pm 6:30–7pm

3:45–4:15pm 4:15– 4:45pm*

9:30–10am 4– 4:30pm 5–5:30pm 6:30–7pm

3:45–4:15pm 4:15– 4:45pm*

9–9:30am 9:30–10am 11–11:30am

10–10:30am 11–11:30am

BEGINNER POLLIWOG 1AQSLPOL AGE: 6 –13 years | 10 Weeks, once per week *INTENSIVE (1/17–2/16) OR (2/21–3/23) | W&F 4:05– 4:45pm | 5 weeks twice per week MONDAY








4 – 4:40pm 4:40–5:20pm 6–6:40pm

4:05– 4:45pm*

4:40 –5:20pm 6:40–7:20pm

4:05– 4:45pm*

8:40–9:20am 10–10:40am 11:20am–12pm

10–10:40am 10:40–11:20am

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THE Y DIFFERENCE What makes our swim lessons different? We use instructional flotation devices in our preschool classes to make it easier for kids to become more independent and gain endurance, a clear progression from one course to the next, and best of all, we have a low child/instructor ratio, so kids get more individual attention.

ALL SWIM LESSONS: $130 M / $200 NM Swim Basics | 2 / WATER MOVEMENT Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Students should be comfortable with blowing bubbles and basic swim skills with limited instructor support.

EEL 1AQSLEEL AGE: 3–5 years | 10 Weeks, once per week *INTENSIVE (1/17–2/16) OR (2/21–3/23) | W&F 4:15– 4:45pm | 5 weeks, twice per week MONDAY







4– 4:30pm

9:30–10am 4– 4:30pm 4:30–5pm 5– 5:30pm 6:30–7pm

3:45– 4:15pm 4:15– 4:45pm*

9:30–10am 4– 4:30pm 4:30–5pm 5–5:30pm 6– 6:30pm 6:30–7pm

3:45–4:15pm 4:15– 4:45pm*

9–9:30am 9:30–10am 10–10:30am 10:30–11am 11–11:30am 11:30am–12pm

10–10:30am 11–11:30am

ADVANCED POLLIWOG 1AQSLPOLA AGE: 6 –13 years | 10 Weeks, once per week MONDAY



4:40–5:20pm 6:40–7:20pm



4–4:40pm 6– 6:40pm



9:20–10am 10:40–11:20am


Swim Basics | 3 / WATER STAMINA Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg actions. Students begin to build endurance with no instructor support.

RAY 1AQSLRAY AGE: 3–5 years | 10 Weeks, once per week *INTENSIVE (1/17–2/16) OR (2/21–3/23) | W&F 4:15– 4:45pm | 5 weeks, twice per week MONDAY







4– 4:30pm

9:30–10am 4– 4:30pm 5:30–6pm 6– 6:30pm 6:30–7pm

3:45–4:15pm 4:15– 4:45pm*

9:30–10am 4– 4:30pm 4:30–5pm 5:30– 6pm 6– 6:30pm 6:30–7pm

3:45–4:15pm 4:15– 4:45pm*

8:30–9am 9–9:30am 10:30 –11am 11:30am–12pm

10–10:30am 11:30am–12pm

GUPPY 1AQSLGUP AGE: 6 –13 years | 10 Weeks, once per week *INTENSIVE (1/17–2/16) OR (2/21–3/23) | W&F 4:05– 4:45pm | 5 weeks, twice per week MONDAY







4 – 4:40pm 4:40–5:20pm 6–6:40pm 6:40–7:20pm

4:05– 4:45pm*

4 – 4:40pm 4:40–5:20pm 6– 6:40pm 6:40–7:20pm

4:05– 4:45pm 4:05– 4:45pm*

8– 8:40am 8:40–9:20am 9:20–10am 10–10:40am 10:40–11:20am 11:20am–12pm

10:40–11:20am 11:20am–12pm

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Swim Strokes | 4 / STROKE INTRODUCTION Students continue to develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn breaststroke basics. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

STARFISH 1AQSLSTA AGE: 3–5 years | 10 Weeks, once per week *INTENSIVE (1/17–2/16) OR (2/21–3/23) | W&F 4:15– 4:45pm | 5 weeks, twice per week MONDAY







9:30–10am 4– 4:30pm 6– 6:30pm

3:45–4:15pm 4:15– 4:45pm*

9:30–10am 4:30–5pm 6– 6:30pm

3:45–4:15pm 4:15– 4:45pm*

8:30–9am 9:30–10am 10–10:30am 11–11:30am


MINNOW 1AQSLMIN AGE: 6 –13 years | 10 Weeks, once per week *INTENSIVE (1/16–2/15) OR (2/20–3/22) | T&TH 5:20–6pm | 5 weeks, twice per week MONDAY



4 – 4:40pm 5:20–6pm 5:20–6pm*



4 – 4:40pm 5:20– 6pm 5:20– 6pm*



8– 8:40am 8:40–9:20am 9:20–10am 10–10:40am 10:40–11:20am

10–10:40am 10:40–11:20am 11:20am–12pm

Swim Strokes | 5 / STROKE DEVELOPMENT Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Students should be able to swim 50 yards with confidence.

FISH 1AQSLFIS AGE: 6 –13 years | 10 Weeks, once per week *INTENSIVE (1/16–2/15) OR (2/20–3/22) | T&TH 5:20–6pm | 5 weeks, twice per week MONDAY




4:40–5:20pm 5:20–6pm 5:20–6pm*


4:40–5:20pm 5:20–6pm 5:20–6pm*



8:40–9:20am 10–10:40am

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Swim Strokes | 6 / STROKE MECHANICS Students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Students should be able to swim 100 yards with confidence.

FLYING FISH & SHARK 1AQSLFLY AGE: 6 –13 years | 10 Weeks, once per week *INTENSIVE (1/16–2/15) OR (2/20–3/22) | T&TH 5:20–6pm | 5 weeks, twice per week MONDAY



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THURSDAY 5:20–6pm 5:20–6pm*




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PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS FOR YOUTH Private swim lessons are intended for those who need individualized attention in their swimming skills and stroke development or are unable to participate in group lessons. For more information, please contact





One 30-minute lesson



Five 30-minute lessons



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GYM & SWIM For more information, please contact Erin Steiner at



1TOPLA AGE: 1–4 years $70 M / $100 NM 10 weeks, Tuesday, 1/16–3/20 | 10:15–10:55am OR 10 weeks, Friday, 1/19–3/23 | 9:30–10:15am Join your toddler for supervised play on our padded gym equipment with instructor-led activities to work on socialization and motor skills.




1TOGYMSPT AGE: 1–4 years $170 M / $250 NM 10 weeks, Tuesday, 1/16–3/20 | 9:30–10:55am OR 10 weeks, Friday, 1/19–3/23 | 9:30–11am Join your toddler for this combination class. Start in the gym for play and instructor-led activities to work on socialization and motor skills followed by parent/child swim lesson. NOTE: Thursday begins in water and transitions to the gym. Friday begins in gym and transitions to the pool. Rubber swim diaper required for children not potty trained.

1TOGYMSFA AGE: 3–5 years $170 M / $250 NM 10 weeks, Friday, 1/19–3/23 | 9:30–11am Drop off your preschooler for this class combination. We start off in the gym for supervised play on our gym playground, followed by a swim lesson in the pool. Caregivers must remain in building during class and can pick up their preschoolers at the 4 lane pool.

AGE: 3–5 years

$70 M / $100 NM 10 weeks, Friday, 1/19–3/23 | 9:30–10:15am Drop your preschooler off for supervised play and activities in our indoor gym and obstacle course. Led by an instructor, in this program, kids develop gross and fine motor skills in a group setting.


$15/ Fall; $25/ Winter & Spring Tutoring is a member benefit offered to all McGaw members in 1st–8th grade. Tutors are volunteers and America Reads work study students from Northwestern University, with expertise in various subject areas. Each child with a Y family membership can receive one hour of tutoring a week! To enroll, contact Elise Roug at

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YOUTH SPORTS For more information contact John Quade, Sports Manager at

BASKETBALL LEAGUES 1SYBBL $70 M / $100 NM Learn the fundamentals of basketball in a developmental youth league where everyone plays. Participants develop skills in shooting, dribbling, and teamwork. Please check our website for times and more information. Team practice days to be determined. Games scheduled Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons based on number of teams. AGE: Pre-K–5th grade 8 weeks, Saturday | times vary 1/27–3/17 AGE: 6th –8th grade 8 weeks, Saturday | 2–5pm 2/3–3/24

BASKETBALL CLINIC: SKILLS, DRILLS, & GAMES 1SYBBSDG1 AGE: K–5th grade $70 M / $100 NM 10 weeks, Thursday | 5–6pm 1/18–3/22 Your child will learn shooting, dribbling, and passing, as well as offensive and defensive concepts and rules. There will be no class on February 8th, 2018.

At certain times during the week, our gym (the Sebring-Lewis Center) is open to our youth and adult members to use however they would like. You can view the schedule online at


Evanston’s premiere makerspace exclusively for middle-school youth at McGaw YMCA. MetaMedia is our exciting digital technology learning lab designed specifically for middle-school students. Using the interests of the youth as our guide, we connect students to learning and design principles, mentorship and instruction, as well as opportunities in the broader community.


MetaMedia Adult Experience

Get the most out of your devices and maximize your ability to use and enjoy today’s hottest technology!

HOURS Monday–Friday: 2:30–7pm Hours are subject to change. Check the website for current information.


2hr Private Lessons $130 M / $194 NM

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POOL & WATERFRONT LIFEGUARD REVIEW 1ARCLGR AGE: 15 years–Adult Sunday, January 7 | 2–8pm Current lifeguards! You can get your certification renewed in this one-day class.

LIFEGUARD TRAINING PRETEST 1ARCPRETEST AGE: 15 years–Adult Sunday, December 10 or 17 | 8am The Lifeguard Training Pre-Test qualifies participants to take the lifeguard training course.

POOL & WATERFRONT LIFEGUARD TRAINING BLENDED LEARNING 1ARCLG AGE: 15 years–Adult Sunday, January 14 & 21 | 11am–9pm Sat & Sun, February 17 & 18 | 11am–9pm Sunday, March 4 & 11 | 11am–9pm This American Red Cross 2-Day course prepares participants for pool and waterfront lifeguarding. Participants learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, first aid and CPR/AED responses. Participants must attend both class dates to be eligible for certification.

BABYSITTING CERTIFICATION 1ARCBABYT AGE: 11–14 years Friday, December 29 | 9am–3pm Monday, January 15 | 9am–3pm Friday, February 16 | 9am–3pm This American Red Cross certification course offers 11–14 year olds an opportunity to learn how to become a knowledgeable and valuable babysitter. Participants develop good decisionmaking, and learn about safety and hygiene for small children along with caring for infants and responding to emergencies.

CPR/AED AND FIRST AID ADULT & PEDIATRIC 1ARCCPR AGE: 15 years– Adult Saturday, January 27 | 2–4pm Saturday, March 10 | 1–3pm Participants learn to determine unconsciousness, treating and caring for victims of emergencies or sudden illness, the use of AEDs, and general emergency prevention. *Review classes also available. For more information please contact Jeanette Hollingsworth at or call 847.475.7400 x271

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MARTIAL ARTS These programs challenge both the physical and mental aspect to improve fitness, leadership and effective self-defense skills. At every belt level, students are presented with a series of new challenges and experience the genuine satisfaction of achieving goals through persistence and sustained effort.

KENDO 1MAKEN AGE: 7 years+ Kendo is a martial art that is based on ancient Korean and Japanese fighting techniques and has become a world-wide art and sport. This sport builds physical as much as mental strength; and students develop an appreciation for the history of the cultures while learning discipline and self-control. Beginner: $120 M / $160 NM 11 weeks, Saturday | 3:30–4:30pm | 1/13–3/24 Continuing: $150 M / $190 NM 11 weeks, Saturday | 3:30–5pm | 1/13–3/24

NEW STUDENTS WELCOME! For more information contact


$120 M / $160 NM Our Taekwon-Do program emphasizes safety and self-control. Students work with the teacher to progress at the pace that is right for them. Training methods include sparring, traditional patterns, and practical self-defense techniques. New students can join any time. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Tiger Cubs AGE: 4 – 6 years 1MATKDTC 11 weeks, Thursday | 5:15–6pm | 1/11–3/ 22 Young Tigers AGE: 7–12 years 1MATKDYT 11 weeks, Thursday | 6–7pm | 1/11–3/ 22 Teens & Adults AGE: 13 years – Adult 1MATKDTA 11 weeks, Thursday | 7–8pm | 1/11–3/ 22 All ages AGE: 6 years – Adult 1MATKDAA 11 weeks, Saturday | 9:30–10:30am | 1/13–3/24 Advanced Class AGE: 9 years – Adult 1MAADV $150 M / $190 NM 11 weeks, Saturdays | 8–9:30am | 1/13–3/24


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ADULT SPORTS & AQUATICS KICK START 1AQKICK AGE: 16 years–Adult FREE January 16–February 16 Need some motivation to get back in the water this winter? Choose a commitment level that will challenge your abilities. This program is FREE and open to all members and non-members, but you must register at the front desk or online.

ADULT GROUP SWIM LESSONS 1AQSLADU AGE: 13 years–Adult $65 M / $100 NM, 5 weeks NEW Sat | 7:45–8:30am | 1/13–2/10 Tues | 7:20–8:05pm | 1/16–2/13 OR 2/ 20–3/20 Wed | 9–9:45am | 1/17–2/14 OR 2/21–3/21 Thur | 7:20–8:05pm | 1/18–2/15 OR 2/22–3/22 It’s never too late to learn to swim or improve upon the swimming skills you already have. At the Y, we offer a variety of ways to do just that. Whether you want to learn how to swim, become more comfortable and confident in the water, or learn a different stroke, you can do it all here!

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS FOR ADULTS Private swim lessons are intended for those who need individualized attention in their swimming skills and stroke development or are unable to participate in group lessons.




One 30-minute lesson



Five 30-minute lessons



For more information, please contact

MASTERS SWIMMING 1AQMYSTMAS AGE: 18 years–Adult Participants receive coached swimming workouts that help them maintain or improve their swimming fitness level. This group welcomes adults of all skill levels. For more information, contact Michael Fleming at

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RACQUETBALL LEAGUE 1SARACQL AGE: 16 years–Adult $70 M / $100 NM 11 weeks, 1/15–3/18 Matches scheduled at your convenience Enjoy friendly play and competition with our co-ed racquetball league. The league is open to all levels of play: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Weekly games are scheduled at your convenience.

SOCCER LEAGUE 1SASOCL AGE: 16 years–Adult $70 M / $100 NM 9 weeks, Sunday | 4–8pm |1/14–3/11 Break away from the workout room and on to the court in our adult soccer league. Improve your coordination, endurance and spped and show off your skills! Whether you are a beginner or have played for years, in this friendly league, every skill level is welcome.

VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE 1SAVOLREC AGE: 16 years–Adult $70 M / $100 NM 10 weeks, Monday | 6–9pm | 1/22–3/19 Stay active and fit playing volleyball while having fun and meeting friends! You will gain new skills and improve your game in recreational play that emphasizes fair play and good sportsmanship. Players can sign up individually or as a team of up to 10 players. For more information about sports, contact John Quade, Sports Manager at


PERSONAL TRAINING & MASSAGE For more information please contact Emily Rasmussen at or call 847.475.7400 x279


Various prices and package options We view massage therapy as a big part of your overall wellness and as a great tool to achieve your wellness goals. In order to lead a healthy lifestyle, it is important for your mind and body to work together as one. This is what our massage therapy focuses on.

NEW MASSAGE ADD-ONS We now offer massage add-ons! Choose from: KINESIOTAPE Kinesiotape can help with pain relief, reduce swelling/inflamation, and accelerate healing for bruises/sore muscles. It also prevents and relieves cramping! CUPPING Cupping is a manual form of bodywork using suction and negative pressure by placing special cups to the skin. This ancient technique releases rigid soft tissue, brings blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles, and much more! Because of the suctions, marks and discoloration after the treatment are common. AROMATHERAPY Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with oil or lotion enhanced with essential oils. Inhaling essential oils is thought to promote beneficial changes in the mind and body by affecting the limbic system (a region of the brain known to influence the nervous system).



Various prices and package options If you’re not working out the way you would like, it’s a weight on your mind. Maybe it’s just hard to make the time to work out. Or maybe you don’t really know what you should or could be doing to improve your strength, health, or fitness level. Let our Personal Training staff help you to reach your health-related goals in a safe and effective manner.


Various prices and package options Pilates is an innovative system of mind-body exercise evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates. Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, increases body awareness, and improves flexibility and posture.

NEW GAIT ANALYSIS Our Gait Analysis program will analyze your running style using the latest technology. Participants will then be given coaching, tips, exercises, and follow up appointments to ensure they are getting the most out of their analysis.

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PERSONAL TRAINING INDIVIDUAL BUY 2 hours 5 hours 10 hours 15 hours 20 hours

GET A BONUS 30 minutes 60 minutes 90 minutes 3 hours 4 hours

PARTNER BUY 2 hours 5 hours 10 hours

GET A BONUS 30 minutes 60 minutes 90 minutes

MASSAGE BUY DISCOUNTED PRICE 60-minute 2-pack $150 90-minute 2-pack $200


GET A BONUS 2 lesson intro package


Purchase between December 15 – January 15 All specials expire one year from purchase. Gift cards are available!

TRAINING & FITNESS For more information please contact Emily Rasmussen at or call 847.475.7400 x279

BOXING BOOTCAMP (Trainer: Chris)


1WABOX AGE: 18 years–Adult $155 M / $245 NM 10 weeks, Saturday | 10–10:45am | 1/ 20–3/ 24 Boxing is a popular and amazing cardiovascular workout that burns a lot of calories while also toning muscle. This class is structured with a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) style. “Rounds” (mini circuits) are used to develop a strong strength and conditioning base that willl allow you to feel like a boxing champion at your own pace. You will push yourself while working the upper body, lower body, core strength, and overall toning.

(Trainer: Alyson, Megan)

1WAFITMA AGE: 18 years–Adult Sign up for up to 5 times per week! $100 1x, $150 2x, $200 3x, $250 4x, $275 5x 10 weeks, Monday–Friday | 9:30–10am | 1/15–3/ 23 Challenge and better yourself in every fitness related way possible! Fit 30 Mash-Up gives the option for participants to sign up for 1–5 days per week of a variety of fitness classes that include KettleBell, Track/Cardio, Core, Strength, and Yoga! There is no better way to get in every possible aspect of health and fitness to achieve the fitness results you have always been looking for!

Your membership gives you exclusive access to 100 free group exercise classes per week. Go to to check the schedule and see how the Y can help you stay active.


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1WABW AGE: 18 years–Adult $155 M / $245 NM 10 weeks, Wednesday | 12–12:45pm | 1/17–3/ 21 Learn the steps needed to make healthy living and lifestyle behavior changes in addition to getting a great workout consisting of only bodyweight exercises! This class will feature goal setting, nutritional/diet information, and motivational components. This is a great class for anyone looking to make an impactful and healthy lifestyle change!

HOLIDAY HELP 1WAHH AGE: 18 years–Adult $125 M / $175 NM 6 weeks, M/ W/ F | 9:30–10am | 11/27–1/12 The Holidays can be a tough time to stick to your healthy living goals. In this 3x week class, you’ll learn to push yourself during workouts, stay accountable to your weight-loss goals, and keep track of your food habits. Each class includes a cardio or strength circuit workout, group presentations about nutrition and exercise strategy, and a weekly weigh-in.

NEW TO WORKING OUT OR JUST NEED A REFRESHER? FREE Fitness Assessments We are providing FREE fitness assessments for our members. A personalized fitness assessment with one of our personal trainers will help you assess your current fitness level.

FREE Youth Orientation This program teaches youth grades 5–8 (at least 11 years of age) how to safely use the equipment in the Wellness Center and allows them to use the center on their own upon completion.

FREE Adult Orientation The concept of getting into shape is simple. The tricky part is carrying it out in a way that fits your lifestyle. That’s where our orientation can help. You’ll get started (or restarted) with just the right amount of personal staff support.

CROSS TRAINING (Trainer: Danny) 1WACROSS AGE: 18 years–Adult $155 M / $245 NM 10 weeks, Thursday | 6:15–7pm 1/18–3/ 22 10 weeks, Wednesday | 6:15–7pm 1/17–3/ 21 Cross Training takes the participant through a series of cardio & strength exercises with relatively brief rest in between. The purpose is to keep the heart rate elevated near the aerobic level without dropping off to ensure fast, dramatic fitness results. The program is fast paced and offers variety to give the body a diverse stimulus.

BASIC TRAINING (Trainer: Marilyn)

1WABTA AGE: 13 years–Adult $250 M / $330 NM 10 weeks, M/ W/ F | 6–7am | 1/15–3/ 23 Mix up your fitness routine, challenge yourself, and get new ideas for staying in shape while using limited fitness equipment in a group class. This is a full-body group workout that emphasizes proper form and working at your own pace.

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Winter 2018 Program Guide  

Our winter program guide is here! Browse our winter program offerings. Registration for members starts December 4!