A city like no other deserves a charity like no other. Chicago is Open Heart Magic’s home base. It is here that the program was born and where it continues to thrive and grow, thanks to an incredible community of passionate supporters. These determined individuals continually push the organization forward in our mission to bring hope, laughter and strength to more sick children.
In 2016 alone, our certified Hospital Magicians reached more than 10,000 Chicago kids, one-to-one, at their hospital bedsides. Over the past decade, Open Heart Magic has been able to expand the Bedside Magic™ program to 10 hospital partners. Thanks to the amazing work of our volunteers, we’ve been able to change the hospital experience for critically ill kids throughout the city and its surrounding suburbs.
Advocate Children’s Hospital — Oak Lawn
Advocate Children’s Hospital — Park Ridge
Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s Hospital
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital
Northshore Evanston Hospital
Northwest Community Hospital
Rush University Medical Center
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital
Open Heart Magic is quite possibly the best place to volunteer in Chicago. Not only will you be making a real difference in kids’ lives, you’ll also be working with nice, caring people who like to have fun. We’re so grateful for our enthusiastic volunteers — without them, we would not be able to transform the hospital experience for so many critically ill kids. The Open Heart Magic community includes more than 120 certified Hospital Magicians, over 50 Charity Team runners, and more than 20 Chicago professionals serving on our Professional Board. You can be part of this amazing group.
Running a successful nonprofit isn’t easy. That’s why, for the last decade, Open Heart Magic has worked hard to make Bedside Magic a must-have for hospitals. We minimize costs with a staff that runs lean (but not mean!). And we approach each hospital partnership with a strategic plan for building a sustainable program that will reach sick kids for generations. The only way we can keep our commitment to seeing all kids in a hospital — and reaching them at critical moments in their treatment – is with the continued, tremendous support of the Chicago community. There are many ways you can help us continue to bring hope and strength to critically ill kids when they need it the most.