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Welcome to 826 Digital

Welcome to 826 Digital

November 1st—

826 National proudly introduces 826 Digital: Inventive Resources to Ignite a Love of Writing

“826’s writing programs have always been free, so we felt it was essential that 826 Digital was in keeping with that tradition. Our aim is that this platform will reach at least 1,000 educators in its first year, not only expanding the impact of our existing chapters in places like Detroit and Los Angeles, but also engaging educators in rural communities where there may never be an 826 chapter,” said Laura Brief, 826 National’s new CEO.

Find 826 Network favorites—rewriting a zombie apocalypse, writing a cheesy pop song, teaching a pirate to make PB&J—and much, much more at 826Digital.com

Secret Agent Supply’s Goods for Good Craft Fair

Secret Agent Supply’s Goods for Good Craft Fair

December 9th—

Find gifts for all of those on your good list at the inaugural 826CHI Goods for Good Craft Fair, where your shopping supports 826CHI's free writing programs! Peruse cards, soaps, scarves, enamel pins + more from some of our favorite Chicago vendors over complimentary cider + live holiday music by Patrick Budde! 

ft. goods by 
Abbey Brown Soap Artisan 
Blake Jones
Christi Chong
Dana Stewart
Light & Pine
Madre de Perla Designs
Mano y Metal: Handmade Accessories
Mid Mod Pin
PearTree Preserves
Reppin Pins
Samantha Alaimo
Something of a Dandy
Tiny Bold Creative
Vichcraft Design Studio

+ goodies by 
Mindful Indulgences: Organic Vegan Artisan Chocolate Truffles
The Empanada Bike 
Vince "Vince the Baker" Pagán 

& from 2-4pm, you can get your nails done by our in-house manicurist,Jane! 

WHEN // Saturday, December 9th from 12-5pm! 
WHERE // Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co./826CHI at 1276 N. Milwaukee Avenue! 
WHY // Give the gift of free writing programs while also taking home the flyest swag on the block! Support local artists! Stave off the cold! 

The event is free with a $5 suggested donation to 826CHI. More info >>

Check our our latest publication, And the Rest Is Noise!

Check our our latest publication, And the Rest Is Noise!

November 3rd—

You can now read our latest student publication, And the Rest Is Noise: Interviews & Reflections From The Students Of 826CHI’s 2017 Pitchfork Music Writing Intensive, in full online! Featuring Angel Olsen, Kweku Collins, American Football, & more of today's most influential musicians, check out the Teen Press Corps' work here >>

Workshop with Poet Danez Smith!

Workshop with Poet Danez Smith!

November 4th—

On Saturday, November 4th at 12:30pm, award-winning poet Danez Smith, author of Don't Call Us Dead and [insert] boy will be leading an hour-long writing workshop for teens and adults at 826CHI! Tickets are free for 826CHI students and $10 for others. There are only 20 seats available, so reserve your tickets ASAP on our Facebook event or Eventbrite! Educators and writers are strongly encouraged to attend! 

Trick or Treat @ Secret Agent Supply

Trick or Treat @ Secret Agent Supply

October 17th—

On October 31st from 3:00—6:00pm, join the West Town and Wicker Park Bucktown Chambers of Commerce and local business members for a night of Trick or Treating in the community. Look for the route's poster in the window of participating businesses.

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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!