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Volunteer with Us!

Volunteer with Us!

September 30th—

Our school year’s about to begin and we’re looking for dedicated, passionate volunteers to mentor and guide our students as they work on brave, ambitious, and creative writing projects this school year.

Ready to get started? Click HERE to apply, and email Tracy@826chi.org with any questions. Orientation dates below!

New Volunteer Orientations

  • October 4th, 6:30 - 8pm
  • October 5th, 12:30 - 2pm
  • November 8th, 6:30 - 8pm
  • November 9th, 12:30pm - 2pm
  • December 6th, 6:30 - 8pm
  • December 7th, 12:30pm - 2pm
  • January 10th, 12:30pm - 2pm
  • January 1tth, 6:30 - 8pm
  • January 25th,  6:30 - 8pm

Book Release: 826CHI’s Compendium Volume 5

Book Release: 826CHI’s Compendium Volume 5

October 18th—

Join us—we're releasing The Compendium Volume 5, a 250+ page anthology of writing from 826CHI! Every two years, we pull together writing from all ages, genres, and areas of our programming and put them between two covers for your convenient marveling.  These pieces — bound together by the theme of “growth” and organized chronologically by the age of the student — will be read by our writers themselves at the Promontory in Hyde Park. From the journalism to the poetry, and the fantastic to the very real, this book bursts with work that’s all original—and all true.

Celebrate the growth of these authors along with family, friends, and other supporters of creative Chicago youth!

Doors open at 5pm, reading begins at 6pm. See our event page for more.

Thank you, Tanta!

Thank you, Tanta!

September 21st—

1,095 days’ worth of thanks to Tanta Cocina Peruana, mfk., and Roka Akor for sharing the $3,500 proceeds of Tanta’s third birthday party with our students! Join us in wishing Tanta a happy belated, and enjoy some of their amazing cebiches while summer weather is still upon us! (And look for mfk. at Eat Your Words on October 6th.)

Eat Your Words

October 6th—

Join 826CHI for an evening of creative writing, amazing food, and inspiring music as we celebrate the creativity and craftsmanship of Chicago’s food and writing scene -- all in support of the voices of the 2,500 Chicago youth we engage in writing and publishing each year. Eat Your Words: an Evening of Food and Stories is inspired by an 826CHI creative writing workshop that brings Chicago’s top culinary talent together with students to explore the connection between food and writing.

Tastes will be presented by chefs from BOKA, mfk., Stock, St. Lou's Assembly, Dos Urban Cantina, Cellar Door Provisions, and others. Music will be presented by JC Brooks, and featured writers include Dave Eggers and one of our own students. Details HERE.

Tanta Turns Three!

September 14th—

Tanta Cocina Peruana in River North is sharing the benefits of their birthday party with 826CHI’s writers. Together with Roka Akor and mfk., Tanta offers cocktails, live music, and creative cuisine to benefit our creative writers! Get your tickets here.

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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!