News & Events

Want to be our Volunteer Manager?

June 13th—

826CHI is hiring a full-time Volunteer Manager to build up the community that supports Chicago's young writers. Want to oversee all aspects of volunteer engagement at 826CHI, from recruitment and training a diverse volunteer and intern corps to building community-based relationships? Applications close Monday, July 31st. View the position description HERE, and help us spread the word!

826CHI student writing adapted into music!

826CHI student writing adapted into music!

July 26th—

Did you miss 826Fork, our night of musical adaptations of student writing? Check out LOUDA’s beautiful adaptation of Oliver S’s poem “Chiquitito,” and stay tuned for more stunning renditions on Radio 826. Listen >>

Calling All High Schoolers: Teen Writers Studio Applications are Open

Calling All High Schoolers: Teen Writers Studio Applications are Open

July 19th—

Do you know a high school student with a passion for writing? Help us spread the word about 826CHI’s Teen Writers Studio. In this yearlong program, high schoolers meet twice a month throughout the year to develop their personal writing styles and learn from professional authors of many genres. At the same time, these students will mentor younger students and represent 826CHI at literary events as volunteers.

Applications close Monday, August 21st. For more information, click HERE.

Summer Interns are Here!

Summer Interns are Here!

July 9th—

Ever wonder how 826CHI publishes dozens of books, serves thousands of students, and works with more than a hundred schools in a year? The secret is in our dedicated and enthusiastic intern cohorts––now including two high school fellows!

We want to thank our summer 2017 interns, Camilla Chee, Mercury Rivera, Emma Kupor, Emily Duong, Shay McIntosh, Ariel Robinson, Jazmine Rodriguez, Mahalia Sobhani, Ivan Catudan, and Alexandra Lorez Boone, for a summer full of fun, learning, and creativity.

Know someone who'd like to join their ranks? We're still accepting Fall internship applications until Monday, July 31st. Benefits include a transportation stipend, a 20% discount in the Secret Agent Supply Co., and hands-on experience working with our students and our staff of nonprofit professionals. Click here for more information, and email [email protected] with questions!

826CHI’s Writing Lab featured in “dialogue” by Gensler

826CHI’s Writing Lab featured in “dialogue” by Gensler

July 26th—

“Playing on an “international spy” theme, the center features Morse-coded library shelves and murals that urge the students to “journey in their minds to exotic locations like Paris or Marrakesh, where spies might travel.”

Ever wonder who designed our beautiful, creativity-inspiring writing lab? We have the generous people at Gensler to thank for our space and the labs at sister chapters 826 Valencia and 826 Michigan. To read more and see photos of these innovative spaces, check out dialogue by Gensler.

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Mission

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.

Mission

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!