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826CHI is Hiring!

826CHI is Hiring!

February 10th—

We are seeking a dynamic and creative educator to serve as a part-time Program Coordinator through late August. The Program Coordinator oversees most aspects of the Field Trip program, as well as supports Workshops and other initiatives as needed. This person will make a significant impact on Chicago youth by advancing 826CHI's mission.

Apply by Friday, February 24th. More information HERE >>

Thank You, Valentines!

Thank You, Valentines!

February 17th—

Way to make a nonprofit writing and tutoring center feel loved!

Thanks to sixteen local artists, seven of our own creative writers, and partners like you, our second-annual Who Wants Love? Pop Up Print Show at Workshop raised a heart-swelling $2,200 in just one night. The proceeds from these prints—all inspired by our students’ writing on love—will go directly to support our tuition-free programs.

Don’t be heartbroken if you missed the show—you can find pictures from the big night here and purchase your own magnificent print in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. or online at

An extra-special thank-you to the generous sponsors and talented artists who made this event possible —



NPR’s Peter Sagal Joins Scrabble for Cheaters

NPR’s Peter Sagal Joins Scrabble for Cheaters

February 16th—

Don’t miss your chance to match vocabularies with one of NPR's mightiest voices. Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait. . .Don't Tell Me! has joined the competition. Have you formed your Scrabble for Cheaters team yet? Register here >> 

Late Registration Open for Teen Workshops

February 13th—

826CHI's Saturday Workshops began on February 11th, but registration is still open for a few of our teen workshops:

For more information about our Workshops, check our Workshops page, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for other program updates.

Questions? Please email

Join Us in Supporting Chicago’s Students and Teachers

Join Us in Supporting Chicago’s Students and Teachers

February 8th—

In the wake of new budget cuts, Chicago students and teachers once again have to do more with less. Our work is made possible by volunteers and donors like you, who believe that the stories of young Chicagoans from all communities matter.  Now is the time to step up and show your support. Will you join us?

Make a difference in the life of a young Chicagoan by signing up to volunteer or making a donation 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., 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!