Celebrating the Unique History and Culture of Chicago's Uptown Community
Truly a piece of history. These types of urban YMCA's provided housing opportunities for single adult males - a valuable, affordable, and vanishing commodity both in Chicago and across the nation. The fate of the Ravenswood YMCA & Residence is sadly similar to that of the Oak Park YMCA, LaGrange YMCA, Division Street YMCA, Roseland YMCA, Washington Park YMCA, Wabash YMCA, Homan YMCA, Loop YMCA and others.It is truly regratable that the YMCA organization is absondoning their housing mission and instead focusing on fitness centers aimed at up-scale or well-off community residents. As a not-for-profit, this places them in direct competition against taxable commercial ventures such as Bally's, Crunch, XSport, Lakeshore, East Bank, Golds, Lincoln Park AC and others.
It was the ONLY place to go swimming indoors all year before the city built the indoor pool at Welles Park. It was also a room to stay at when your old lady kicked you out of the house.
there were 2 swimming pools in the Uptown area that had swimming year around One was at the Sovereign Hotel and the other at the New Lawrence.........The swimming pool at the Wilson Ave YMCA was a dangerous place for young boys...we swam in the nude and the pool area was run by perverts,,,I know that in this day and age no one wants to hear that but they were there and ta the Boys Club
The problem with the other pools is that they were really pricey
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