After School Matters

In 2021, in partnership with the Chicago Park District, After School Matters opened its third teen-centric facility on the city’s far south side at Gately Park which can serve up to 1,500 young people each year. 

Thanks to the transformative generosity of the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, After School Matters at Gately Park was designed as a facility specifically for teenagers—providing them a space in the heart of Chicago’s Pullman and Roseland neighborhoods where young people will thrive and discover their potential. 

This facility is a wing of the Gately Park field house operated by the Chicago Park District. The After School Matters wing was designed by the architectural firm Eckenhoff Saunders and consists of two levels over 24,000 square feet and features art and dance studios, music and recording rooms, a full culinary kitchen, tech labs with 3D printers, a rooftop garden, and other safe and supportive spaces where teens can learn, grow, and just be themselves. 

For more information on programming offered through After School Matters, please visit