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October 14th—

Tuesday, October 14th marked the first day of After-School Tutoring & Writing in our new digs. There's still plenty of decorating and nesting to be done, but the minute our students walked through the door, 1276 N Milwaukee felt like home. Check out the pictures here >>

Virtual Tutoring Kickoff

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October 7th—

This evening, to kick off our Virtual Tutoring program, 826CHI volunteers met with 90 Pritzker College Prep sophomores and juniors for an evening of pizza and icebreakers.

Each week, via the magic of Google docs, our volunteers will provide these students with personalized, detailed feedback on their AP World History essays, becoming an integral part of an expanded feedback loop that includes not just their teachers, but a wider community of people who care. Increased performance over the past few years has confirmed that this kind of support results in phenomenally higher AP test scores and more confident writers.

And, just so you know: If these students could share a meal with any historical figure, living or dead, they’d choose the likes of Andre the Giant, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Stalin—and they’d ALL deem tacos their cuisine of choice.

826CHI Students Interview Twin Peaks

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October 6th—

At Pitchfork Music Festival in July, 826CHI's student press corp conducted a series of interviews with performing artists as part of our annual "The Rest is Noise: Pitchfork Writing" Workshop. In this final interview, local garage-rockers Twin Peaks talk breaking a leg, blu-rays, and band advice with 826CHI students. Read it here >>

September at 826CHI

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October 1st—

In the past month, we've celebrated the release of a beautiful new book, held a fantastic fundraising event, and begun our fall programming. Now, we are mere DAYS away from moving into our new home! More updates here >>

Tale-Gate Success!

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September 29th—

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for Saturday's Tale-Gate fundraiser!

We're grateful to the volunteers and interns who helped run the event, to each of the 7 fundraising teams for raising support for our programs and completing all sorts of zany challenges, to Döner Men, Write Club, Valid Hysteria, Shine On, Chicago, and London Calling for providing day-of entertainment, to Chicagoist for sponsoring us, to Alison Kuczwara of Tiny Bold Creative for making the promotional materials look so lovely, and to the amazing folks at the Hideout Inn for hosting us.

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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 drop-in tutoring, after-school 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 his or her individual voice.


826CHI shares its space with the Boring Store, Chicago’s premiere secret agent supply store. The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. (coming fall 2014!) outfits its spy-entele with the latest and greatest in espionagical wares. 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. All funds raised through the store go to support 826CHI’s free programming.