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The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee has had a presence in downtown Milwaukee since beginning operations over 150 years ago. The current location of the Downtown YMCA opened in 1998 in the historic John Plankinton Building (which also houses the Shops of the Grand Avenue).

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The Downtown YMCA features a wide variety of group exercise classes to challenge and
motivate you. Our health and fitness equipment is state of the art, and our staff and volunteers
will work with you to define your goals and get you started on the path to achieving them.

As part of the Urban Campus initiative, the Downtown center, along with the Parklawn,
Northside, John C. Cudahy and Community Development Centers, work together in order to
provide the programming and services needed to meet the needs of families and individuals
within the central city.


Parking is available in the attached Shops of Grand Avenue Parking Structure. The structure is operated by a private company, not the YMCA. Special rates are extended to YMCA members*:

                0-2 hrs: $1         2-3 hrs: $2        3-4 hrs: $4          4-5 hrs: $6
                5-6 hrs: $8         6-7 hrs: $10      7-10 hrs: $12      10-24 hrs: $15

*Rates effective July 15, 2010. To get these rates, you must purchase a bar code at the YMCA membership desk and use as you enter/exit the structure. There are also other lots/meters available in the surrounding downtown area.  


Cardiovascular Exercise Equipment
     Exercise bikes
     Elliptical trainers
     Rowing machines
Child Watch
Group Exercise
Indoor Running/Walking Track (1/6 mile)
Kit Lockers/Laundry Service 
Personal Training
Steam Room
Strength Training Equipment
     Free Weights
Towel Service (add-on)
Wellness Programs

From Interstate 794 East take the Van Buren/Jackson Street Exit
Go slight left (North) on Van Buren Street approximately 1 block to Michigan Street
Turn left (West) onto Michigan Street and travel six blocks to Plankinton Avenue
Turn right (North) on Plankinton Avenue and take an immediate left into the parking ramp
Downtown YMCA is located on the 4th floor of the John Plankinton Building 




161 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203




(414) 291-9622

(414) 274-6033 fax




Monday - Thursday:
5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


5:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


6:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Monday - Thursday:

10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

4:30 - 8:30 p.m.



10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.



8:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.


8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.