The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters

In 2016, in an incredibly generous act, Karyn Lutz and her family gifted ASM with a building at 3435 N. Cicero, in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood where her husband Michael built his business and career. This donation allowed ASM to establish a permanent location on the northwest side of the city and create four floors of teen-focused creative space. The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters opened to more than 1,000 teens in 2017.

Throughout four floors of programming space, The Lutz Center offers a Chef’s Kitchen for culinary programs along with the Alex and Lyhn Green “The Eating Spot” for tastings, a tech lab, dance studio, three resource centers, a vocal rehearsal room, and recording booths, a fashion design studio, art studio, and community showcase space, the Michael and Debbie Sear Tinkering Space where teens use how to produce product prototypes, and much more.

The Lutz Family Annex was created in 2023 to add a welding workshop, bike mechanic garage, and greenhouse for urban gardening.

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