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Carlson Community Services


Carlson Community Services is a community-focused non-profit located on the northwest side of Chicago. 

Our Mission

The mission of Carlson Community Services is to connect the Irving Park community with programs that enhance lives through education, culture and service.


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Community Garden

Three Brothers Garden 

The Three Brothers Garden is an organic community garden in the West Walker neighborhood of Chicago.  Vegetables harvested are donated to the Irving Park Community Food Pantry.  Over 100 volunteers participate in the maintenance of the garden, and since 2009, volunteers have delivered over 4,000 pounds of fresh produce to the food pantry.

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Fine Arts

Irving Park Fine Arts Committee

Carlson Community Services is proud to sponsor the Irving Park Fine Arts Committee, and its fine arts concert series, now in its 18th season.  The goal of the series is to provide the Irving Park community with a variety of high quality professional musical and theatrical events, offered at no charge.  The committee also seeks to provide professional Chicagoland musicians, theatrical directors, dancers and actors a venue for performance and artistic growth.  Concerts are held in the Irving Park Lutheran Church sanctuary.

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After School

About MAP

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 youth enrolled in 1st through 6th 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 health snack, the children begin work on homework, a strong focus of the program.

Program Highlights

  • Children are picked up from area schools (or can be dropped off by parents).
  • Children enjoy a healthy snack together each day before they start their homework.
  • Homework is a priority at MAP. Students work on their homework with staff or volunteer help.
  • Children are divided into smaller learning groups so they can work on their homework with minimal disruption.
  • A computer lab is available with educational games and internet access for homework and projects.
  • MAP maintains a 400 volume library.
  • Mentors from Northside College Prep High School visit MAP weekly to help with tutoring and recreation.
  • Children have an opportunity to plant and harvest in the Three Brothers Garden, a nearby community garden that produces vegetables for the Irving Park Community Food Pantry.
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Cancer Support

Wildest Dreams Women’s Cancer Support

Wildest Dreams Cancer Support Group is a support group that that serves women on the northwest side of Chicago. The inspiration for the group came from a cancer survivor who felt frustrated by the lack of a cancer support group in this area. The goal of the group is to provide a comfortable, caring and confidential place for women who are cancer survivors or who are currently undergoing cancer treatment.

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