Our Program

The Magic After-school Place was begun in 2006 to meet the after-school care needs of working parents in the culturally and economically diverse Irving Park community.  The program serves children enrolled in Kindergarten through 7th grade.  MAP operates Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and follows the Chicago Public Schools calendar.  Children enrolled in the program are walked to the Irving Park Lutheran Church recreation center by MAP staff.  After enjoying a healthy snack, the children begin work on homework, a strong focus of the program.


Our Daily Schedule

Dismissal – 3:30 pm Pick up from school and walk to MAP
3:30 – 3:45 pm Snack
3:45 – 4:45 pm Homework or educational activities
4:45 – 5:30 pm Art/crafts/team building/physical activities/clubs
5:30 – 6:00 pm Free time

2015-2016 Highlights

  • 3 service projects
  • Leadership Opportunities for 5th-7th grade students
  • Annual Talent Show
  • Special Events: MAP Ninja Warrior Challenge, Lip Sync Battle, Glow-in-the-Dark Day
  • 6 rounds of 4-week Clubs
  • 8-week dance enrichment taught by Chicago Loves Dance
  • 4-week cooking enrichment taught by Sticky Fingers Cooking
  • Character trait curriculum including art projects, plays, games and memorized definitions for: Community, Responsibility, Citizenship, Empathy, Patience, Cooperation, Self-Control, Respect
  • Volunteers from Schurz High School and Northside College Prep logged more than 1,000 hours tutoring and mentoring at MAP during the 2015-2016 school year.