News & Events

In-School Partners Wanted!

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April 27th—

Educators! Want to share the magic and wonder of creative writing with your students with the help of 826CHI? We’re looking for in-school and community partners for fall 2016. The next review period is slated for mid-July for programs taking place between September and December 2016.

Due to high demand and limited capacity, we can only take on a few partnerships per semester. Deadline for proposal submissions is Thursday, June 30th, 2016. >> Apply NOW

“This Could Go on for Centuries” Chapbook Release Party

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April 26th—

Our most recent chapbook release party for “This Could Go on for Centuries” was a great success! On April 14 friends, family, and volunteers packed every chair, leaving some supporters in “standing room only.”

A dozen students volunteered to read, while a few others were somewhat shy, BUT we loved how our students encouraged each other to share their words with our eager audience!

“This Could Go on for Centuries” is available now at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. for $5! Get your copy today.

Young Authors Book Project Update

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April 26th—

826CHI would like to thank Brentano Math & Science Academy’s Mark Harlan for his inexhaustible support of this year’s Young Author’s Book Project.

Whether encouraging his students to keep working on their stories at home, outside of our weekly writing sessions or facilitating student editorial board meetings, Mr. Harlan was instrumental in making the content of “The Monster Gasped, OMG!” as amazing as it is.

Brentano’s students are #blessed to have such a supportive and fearless teacher leading them into new worlds with writing, showing that it doesn’t have to be so scary after all.

We’re Hiring!

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April 22nd—

826CHI is hiring a Communications Coordinator via AmeriCorps VISTA. This yearlong position begins in August 2016, and will end in August 2017. Application deadline is Sunday, May 15th. Click the "We're Hiring!" title of this post for position details and application information!

“A Cheetah With Coffee In Its Daily Diet”

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April 19th—

It is never too early to start reflecting on life, recording the moments that fill each day and experimenting with the memoir art form. During a Field Trip at 826CHI, 7th and 8th graders of Hurley Elementary School have picked up the pen to do just that. Between the covers of I Remember... A Cheetah with Coffee in its Daily Diet, are students' recollections—stories of life’s curveballs and celebrations; goofy moments and grievances shared; relationships and triumphs treasured.

Here at 826CHI, we couldn’t be more proud of this collection of memoirs, published and ready to be shared with you. Pick up your very own copy in the Secret Agent Supply today.

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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