News & Events
Please join us in welcoming the latest addition to our team! Formerly a programming intern at 826CHI, Katie found herself especially drawn to the books and gear available in our storefront, the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. In her new role as our Store Associate, Katie will regale passers-by with the brilliance of our student-authors and share her enthusiasm for imagination, creativity, and agent supplies of all kinds.
When Katie’s not with us, she can be found helping second graders unlock their creative writing powers, exploring museums all over the city, and climbing trees to better see the world.
Read Katie's full bio here >>
826CHI seeks an enthusiastic, committed individual to serve as its full-time Development Coordinator. The ideal candidate has a passion for expanding access to creative youth development in Chicago and is excited to join a hard-working, mission-driven team. This position offers the opportunity to become deeply engaged in building systems that promote organizational capacity and culture development. For candidates interested in becoming a nonprofit leader at the manager or director level, the Development Coordinator position is an excellent career-enriching pathway.
Click here for more info and application details.
Q: What are you doing on Thursday, November 17th, 4:30-6:00 PM?
A: Celebrating the release of our After School Tutoring & Writing students’ year-long interview project, Ears as Big as My Head!
Prepare your ears for the hilarious, emotional, and poignant soundwaves of student work coming their way. Listen, laugh, cry, and marvel at the stunning work our students have done interviewing friends, family members, volunteers, and even the occasional pirate. In these professionally-edited stories, you’ll hear about birth, loss, inspiration, migration, parents’ dreams for their children, and much more. And, in case the art moves you to create your own work, we’ll have an interview station ready to record your very own oral history with a friend!
Details at our event page.
Want to join a team of energetic professionals supporting young writers? 826CHI’s Associate Board gives you a chance to network while doing important outreach for 826CHI and planning events like our annual gala, Prologue. To learn more, meet Associate Board members for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at 826CHI on Thursday, October 27th at 6pm. See their Facebook event for more details.
Two years of raw youthful creativity and loving editorial work came to fruition at The Promontory in Hyde Park this week as our students read their work from the newly-released 826CHI Compendium Volume 5. More than a hundred family members, friends, volunteers, and other supporters packed the house as students read the most moving, hilarious, and powerful work from two years of 826CHI programming, now bound in a beautful embossed cover designed by Thomas Quinn and Ambrose Holiday of Blank is the New Black. Special thanks also goes out to Kinsley Koons, without whose dedication to editing this book would not exist.
Organized by age and held together by the theme of growth, The Compendium Volume 5 is now for sale in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. Pick up your copy today and see what enraptured every single person at our release event, and find pictures from the event HERE.
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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 after-school tutoring, weekend 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 their individual voice.
826CHI shares its space with the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., a store with a not-so-secret mission. Our unique products encourage creative writing, imaginative play, and trigger new adventures for agents of all ages. Every purchase supports 826CHI's free programming, so visit us at 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park or online to pick up spy glasses, fake moustaches, our latest student publications, and much more!