News & Events

Voice of Witness - Sharing History Initiative

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August 31st—

Are you an educator, storyteller, or social justice advocate? Our friends at Voice of Witness are celebrating their 10th anniversary by giving away sets of their new oral history anthology to schools and organizations around the United States.

The stories inside tell history from the perspective of the people most closely affected by contemporary human rights crises, including individuals living under oppressive political regimes, public housing residents, and exploited workers around the globe. Voice of Witness is also providing free curriculum and access to a nationwide learning community.

Check out their website to learn more and apply today! Applications close on October 9th. 

Eat Your Words, an 826CHI Gala Event

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August 28th—

Join us for Eat Your Wordsan Evening of Food and Stories. We're bringing together creative writing, amazing food, and inspiring music to celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship of Chicago’s food and writing scenes—all in support of 826CHI

We've prepared an evening full of incredible talent and entertainment, including:

C H E F S: Marty Fosse, Anteprima; Lee Wolen, BOKA; Josh Kulp & Christine Cikowski, Honey Butter Fried Chicken; Abra Berens, Local Foods; Scott Worsham, MFK; Mark Hellyar, Momotaro; Patrick Sheerin, Trencherman; Kevin Cuddihee, TWO; & more!

M U S I C I A N: Jeff Tweedy of Wilco

A U T H O R S: Dave Eggers; Monica Eng; Christina Henriquez

M I X O L O G I S T S: Danny Shapiro, Scofflaw; Dustin Drankiewicz, Punch House

E M C E E: Steve Dolinsky, The Hungry Hound

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When: Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 7-10pm
Where: Ovation, 2324 W Fulton St
Tickets: Available at

Are you a local business interested in sponsoring this event? Visit this page for more info, and email Tammy Beard at

We’re Hiring ... x2!

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August 25th—

826CHI is hiring for TWO positions this fall. Candidates for both positions should be highly detail-oriented, passionate, analytical, able to thrive working both independently and with a team, and have excellent senses of humor.

Director of Development
Responsible for spearheading significant growth with individual donors, corporate sponsorships, events, and special fundraising campaigns. In partnership with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, build a strategy for long-term financial sustainability. Apply here >>

Development Associate (through AmeriCorps VISTA)
Yearlong position— Support the Development team with grant research and proposal writing, as well as donor and data management. Work closely with the Programming team to refine a system for tracking and archiving student/family/teacher data, analyze evaluation data to support our expansion of creative writing access to youth across Chicago. Apply here >> 

VEST Fest // A Back-to-School Bash

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August 24th—

Are you an 826CHI volunteer? Have you thought about volunteering with us...someday....maybe? Are you an avid wearer of vests?

VEST (our Volunteer Engagement Support Team) wants to see YOU at our back-to-school bash Thursday, September 10th.

Don your favorite (read: bedazzled, tasseled, ugliest) vest and bring a friend (or six)! This evening is dedicated to all things volunteers—welcoming veteran volunteers back, encouraging new folks to join the family, drinking drinks, playing games, and having generally great times with great people.

The wearing of vests is absolutely not required, but certainly encouraged. Let's kick off the school year in STYLE. RSVP here, or by emailing

826CHI's Volunteer Engagement and Support Team (VEST) is a collection of active volunteers who are committed to enhancing the 826CHI volunteer experience through fostering engagement and supporting involvement through all aspects of the 826 organization.

Student Interviews on McSweeneys

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August 20th—

Many thanks to McSweeney's for publishing our Teen Press Corps' interview with Parquet Courts at Pitchfork Music Festival. They talked painting elephants, songwriting, and North Dakotans. You can read it HERE >>

We've got a few more of these coming down the pipeline— stay tuned for more!

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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.—run by the neighborhood's only spy supplyists—which outfits its spy-entele with the latest and greatest in espionagical wares. All funds raised through sales in the store go to support 826CHI's free programming. 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, or shop online