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Incoming Transmission: 826CHI Member Spotlight

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber Blog - September 24, 2014

Spy supplyists at The Boring Store have relocated to 1276 N Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park, and upon their grand reopening will operate under a new name: The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

Behind this clandestine storefront’s grappling hooks, stakeout books, and rubber nose disguises lies an entity unbeknownst to many: 826CHI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and helping teachers inspire their students to write. 826CHI is one of eight chapters across the nation, each boasting a themed retail component and collectively serving more than 30,000 young people each year. Read More

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826CHI students capture life in Englewood

Chicago Tribune - August 15, 2014

"Even a Lion Can Get Lost in the Jungle," a vivid collection of short essays, is issued from the wide world of a Chicago neighborhood. The young writers who participated in this 826CHI publication project at Harvard Academy of Excellence document the community of Englewood as it once was, as it is becoming, as it might become. Central to this inquiry are conversations with those making their living and their lives in the neighborhood. From a local park, day-care center, a makeshift karate studio, church hall, street corner, fire station and classroom, these writers cover ground. And in so doing, each one does what every serious writer must: They listen very closely; they sit still with possibilities.Read More

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How 826CHI is using Kickstarter to help fund a better ‘spy’ store

Chicago Tribune - August 13, 2014

In the world of espionage, you never want to share too much. Yet when 826CHI looked for funding to move and expand The Boring Store — its playful and creative “undercover secret-agent supply store” — the nonprofit organization divulged its plans on Kickstarter.Read More

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Danny Brown Gets Interviewed By High School Students at Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork - August 4, 2014

826 is a national nonprofit organization co-founded by author Dave Eggers that promotes reading and writing skills in students aged 6-to-18. At this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, 826CHI sent a handful of students to interview Danny Brown before his performance. They've now published the entirety of the interview. Brown, to his credit, kept things family friendly.Read More

826CHI, The Boring Store Plan Move to New Building in Wicker Park

DNAinfo Chicago - May 1, 2014

WICKER PARK — Writing and tutoring nonprofit 826CHI and the Boring Store spy shop are planning to move this summer into new digs on Milwaukee Avenue.

With the move, student programming will get a boost, while the spy shop will likely downsize, 826CHI's director of operations said.Read More

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826CHI Prom: Support Community Writing Programs with Sci-Fi Themed Party

Patch - April 11, 2014

826CHI, Wicker Park’s nonprofit creative writing and tutoring center for Chicago students ages 6-18, presents “Prom 9 From Outer Space,” its annual Prom fundraiser.

The event is at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the St. Vincent de Paul Center Gymnasium, 2145 N. Halsted St. Tickets are $55, and all are welcome.Read More

826CHI’s Prom Fundraiser to Have Sci-Fi Theme

DNAinfo Chicago - April 2, 2014

LINCOLN PARK — This month, local nonprofit 826CHI is inviting adults to relive their prom experience or do it over again with a boozy-themed fundraiser in Lincoln Park.Read More

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826CHI Shows Off Students’ Creative Writing with Free Video Release

DNAinfo Chicago - February 6, 2014

WICKER PARK — Standing alone on a school stage, 18-year-old writer Yerika Reyes looks directly at a camera as she recites a poem of hers, one that describes what she really wishes for.

"I want to know that my voice counts, that people are listening," she says to the camera and a seemingly empty auditorium.Read More

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826CHI: A Nonprofit Writing and Tutoring Center

Chicago Artists Resource - December 18, 2013

Before you even realize that 826CHI’s literacy program exists, you may just go shopping at The Boring Store (1331 N Milwaukee Ave.) in Wicker Park. It’s "Chicago’s only undercover secret agent supply store" selling everything from spy disguises to gadgets and whirligigs. It also sells a huge selection of literature written by the students in the literacy program hidden behind the cashier, as well as a wide range of authors of interest. (I could browse in there for hours.) I plan on doing all my Christmas shopping there: sales from the store pay for the educational programming in back, allowing all the events and workshops to be free.Read More

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Write On, Chicago! - Windy City Children’s Writing Workshops.

ChicagoNow - April 3, 2013

Calling all young and aspiring writers! (and volunteers!)
I want to share great, non-profit, creative writer's resource here in our very own Windy City that I wish had been around when I was a just an aspiring writer/artist. Read More

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