Mission & Facts


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, creative writing workshops, field trips, in-school support, 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.


After exploring the website, if you still have a burning question check below. Still not answered? Feel free to write us at [email protected] or call (773) 772-8108.

How many students do you serve each year and where do they come from?

826CHI provides free writing and tutoring programs for Chicago students ages 6 to 18, annually serving nearly 2,500 students and forming supportive partnerships with approximately 150 teachers.

How much does it cost to attend 826CHI?

All of 826CHI’s student programming is free!

Perhaps I should clarify my question. How much cash money do I have to spend in order for my student to attend these awesome programs?

$ Zero.

When did 826CHI open?

The White Sox were winning the World Series. The year was 2005.

How many volunteers are involved with 826CHI and who are they?

826CHI maintains a network of more than 1,400 volunteers from the Chicago community -including professional writers, artists, and teachers— with more than 350 volunteers regularly devoting their time and talents to our programs. These qualified and compassionate individuals staff each and every program 826CHI offers, enabling us to serve nearly 2,500 students annually.

Can any student submit work for the 826 Compendium?

Abso-yes-ly! We welcome submissions from all Chicagoland students. For more information click here.

What is the frequency of your most-asked question?

375 Megahertz