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What do we do with all those campaign signs? Young Chicago artists have an answer

June 21, 2019

The Chicago Reporter, 4-12-19 Cazares has attended their Wednesday open studios since 2015 after finding that, outside of the graffiti underground ... More ›

Into The Wild: Artist Armani Howard reflects on the inspiration for his work and fictional world

June 21, 2019

South Side Weekly, 4-2-19 Speaking on his experience at After School Matters, Howard said, “I signed up for After School Matters and saw it as a ... More ›

Bulls and The RoomPlace Home Makeover

June 21, 2019

Good Morning America aired footage of the Chicago Bulls, The RoomPlace, and Zach LaVine surprising a teen and their family in December with a complete... More ›

CEO’s You Should Know-Mary Ellen Caron talks with 103.5 KISS FM

June 21, 2019

103.5 KISS FM interviewed After School Matters CEO Mary Ellen Caron. Listen to this segment to hear about the range of programs After School Matters o... More ›

Applications Now Open for Chicago High School Teens Seeking Opportunities with After School Matters®

May 3, 2019

13,000 program opportunities available to Chicago teens this summer CHICAGO—After School Matters® is now accepting teen applications for its summe... More ›

College Visits and Cow Farms: Q&A with a Teen

April 17, 2019

On April 11, After School Matters Urban Agriculture & Entrepreneurship program (a program that teaches teens about the business of urban agricultu... More ›

2019 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle!

April 5, 2019

Everyone can make a difference! It's no easy feat waking up early on a Sunday and running in the cold but our AMAZING TEAM did just that! 30 TEA... More ›

Prioritizing the Next Generation: An Open Letter to Our Next Mayor 

April 1, 2019

As we approach the end of this mayoral election, it’s tough to think beyond the polls, the final interviews, and the constituent handshakes in... More ›

After School Matters Hosts the Second Annual Instructor Forum

February 12, 2019

On Friday, February 1, After School Matters held our second annual Instructor Forum at Northeastern Illinois University. Nearly 300 of our independent... More ›

After School Matters welcomes Steven Berry as new Chief Development Officer

January 15, 2019

After School Matters is excited to announce Steven Berry as our new Chief Development Officer. Steven comes to us after serving as Vice President ... More ›

Upcoming Events See all >

Water Tower Place Performances

July 16, 2019

Every Tuesday, from July 16-July 30, 12-1:00 p.m. Stop by level 3 of the Water Tower Place and experience performances from our talented teens!

Summer Teen Cuisine

July 18, 2019

Featuring a menu by Chef Yves Chambaz. Purchase a ticket in advance here to ensure you reserve your lunch!

Daley Plaza Performances

July 22, 2019

Monday, July 22nd, 12:00 -1:00pm Celebrate the summer with our performing arts teens at Daley Plaza!  

Summer Teen Cuisine

July 25, 2019

Featuring a menu created by Beatnik. Purchase a ticket in advance here to ensure you reserve your lunch!

Summer Teen Cuisine

August 1, 2019

Featuring a menu created by Parachute Purchase a ticket in advance here to ensure you reserve your lunch!

Peacemakers at Millennium Park Tent

August 5, 2019

Join us for a celebration of peace as the Peacemakers teens showcase their accomplishments on making positive contributions to their communities and s... More ›

Spotlight on Peace

August 6, 2019

Navy Pier, Tuesday, August 6 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Take in the Chicago Skyline and enjoy performances by our city's talented young artist. We ... More ›

Lutz Center Summer Showcase

August 6, 2019

The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center, Wednesday, August 6 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Join us and experience live performances, amazing artwork and pre... More ›

Summer Teen Cuisine

August 8, 2019

Featuring a menu created by Swift & Sons Purchase a ticket in advance here to ensure you reserve your lunch!

Gallery Walk Family Night

August 8, 2019

Gallery 37, Thursday August 8 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Please join us to celebrate our teens' hard work during summer programs! This event will showca... More ›