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November 26th—

This season, and in anticipation of ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬, we're inviting our supporters to share what growing up means to you, using only four words.

Follow the hashtag ‪#‎ForwardsInFourWords‬ to see what others have shared, and contribute your own >>

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Small Business Saturday

November 26th—

Citizens of Chicago: The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. requests your continued allegiance on Small Business Saturday! Stop by 1276 N Milwaukee Ave between the hours of 11am and 6pm, and snag some cryptic gifts for your loved ones—all while supporting local business and 826CHI.

Scrabble for Cheaters: Fundraising Incentive

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November 25th—

Scrabble nerds and swindling scoundrels: INCENTIVE ALERT (one-time only!)

From now until 5pm on Sunday, December 7th, all funds raised will count for DOUBLE when you purchase cheats:

$25 from your little brother >> purchase the NON-CON (a $50 value)
$50 from your grandma >> purchase THE KOSHKA (a $100 value)
Etc, etc, etc

Register today >>

Chapbook Release Party: Imaginary Lands

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November 24th—

Our After-School Tutoring & Writing students’ first chapbook of the school year follows an Imaginary Lands theme. Students have created their own countries, including details like its national anthem, population, flora and fauna, the role of government and laws, celebrities of note, and local customs. Local artists have created maps of these imaginary lands, which will accompany our students’ writing—like in Chronicles of Narnia or Game of Thrones.

A few examples of Imaginary Lands included: Unicornapolois, Stickfigula, Woodland, Peanut Land, Aqua Land, and Muffin Land, which, according to 2nd grader Neftali, “It’s nowhere but your head.”

We’ll kick off the evening with a community potluck (HOMEMADE FLAUTAS, Y’ALL), followed by readings from our student-authors. This is our first book release in our new home and we’re so excited to pack the room in support of our amazing students. Come one, come all! Join our Facebook event >>

#INTERNviews: Neeka and Katie

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November 21st—

In this final (!) installation of #INTERNviews, Katie and Neeka discuss their celebrity look-a-likes, tandem bike rides with famous authors, and a Very Swayze Thanksgiving.

Name: Neeka Stewart
Code Name: Neekachu
Intern track and future goals: I am a Volunteer & Outreach Intern. I coordinate volunteer shifts and make sure our lovely tutors and volunteers are approved and ready to help out here at 826CHI!


Name: Katie Watts
Code Name: Quinn Peters. This was my pen name when I was a kid, writing mystery stories on my typewriter.  
Intern track and future goals: Communications. (If you don't "like" this, I'll know.) Right now I’m working on my master's in nonprofit management. I think as long as I’m working with creative people in a creative environment I’ll be happy.

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826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

With this in mind, we provide drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.


826CHI shares its space with the Boring Store, Chicago’s premiere secret agent supply store. The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. (coming fall 2014!) outfits its spy-entele with the latest and greatest in espionagical wares. Visit us in Wicker Park and pick up a fresh grappling hook, carrier pigeon, envelope X-ray spray, hollowed-out can of shaving cream, or weather-resistant notebook. All funds raised through the store go to support 826CHI’s free programming.