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 8th grade at Murphy and Belding Schools.  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 educational building at 4057 N. Harding Ave. 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

2018-2019 Highlights

  • 3 Service Projects
  • Leadership Opportunities for 5th-8th grade students
  • Special Events: Fruit Ninja Challenge, MAP Market Place, & more
  • 6 rounds of 4-week Clubs
  • 8-week dance enrichment taught by Chicago Loves Dance
  • 4-week cooking enrichment taught by The Kids Table
  • 4-week yoga enrichment taught by Buddha Belly Kids Yoga
  • Character trait curriculum including projects, plays, games, and memorized definitions.
  • Volunteers from Schurz High School visited weekly for homework help and mentoring.