News & Events

2017 Young Authors Book Project Coming Soon

March 27th—

This year’s Young Authors Book Project united the students of schools in two different neighborhoods though the art of letter-writing. Over the course of seventeen weeks, 8th graders from Emiliano Zapata Academy in Little Village and sophomores from Andersonville's Amundsen High School exchanged handwritten correspondence with each other, divulging anxiety about the future, opening up about loved ones’ deaths, reflecting on their identities, and swapping K-Pop and Netflix recommendations.

By hearing others' stories and sharing their own, students have forged new friendships and practiced reading and writing with empathy. These letters are being compiled into a beautifully-bound book, which we’re thrilled to release to the public on Saturday, June 10th at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest. Celebration details and a book title are coming soon, so stay tuned!

Paw Prints in the Mud // Huellas de Garras en el Lodo Released!

Paw Prints in the Mud // Huellas de Garras en el Lodo Released!

March 24th—

We’re still beaming with pride here at 826CHI after Thursday’s release of our students’ annual bilingual chapbook Paw Prints in the Mud // Huellas de garras en el lodo. This bilingual collection of stories and poems featuring intrepid detectives, tomato wars, and dogs with laser eyes was received with delight by an audience of family, volunteers, and funders. Special thanks go to our intrepid volunteer translators and guest author Juan Martinez!

If you missed our students’ big day, you can catch a visual recap in our Flickr album and pick up a copy of the book for $5 in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

espnW reporter Sarah Spain visits 826CHI’s students

March 25th—

Our After-School Tutoring & Writing students welcomed a distinguished guest last week as part of our Speakers & Snacks series, continuing a long line of inspirational and educational career talks at 826CHI. espnW’s Sarah Spain spoke with our students about hosting radio shows, interviewing their favorite athletes, and even competing as a heptathlete.

Our thanks go out to Sarah for her fun and engaging talk with our students!

“Know Your Rights” presentation by National Immigrant Justice Center at 826CHI

March 12th—

826CHI is hosting Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center for a “Know Your Rights” presentation for immigrants. Learn about legal resources and advocacy, particularly for those who are undocumented, at this FREE event on April 20th from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Please share — this is open to any and everyone who would like to learn more.

Poets in Revolt! Community Workshop

April 8th—

Ever wanted to experience an 826CHI workshops as a student? 826CHI is hosting a community version of our workshop, Poets in Revolt!, in collaboration with The Writer's Studio at the University of Chicago's Graham School.

How do poets use their art to resist injustice and reshape their world? Get to know both 826CHI and the Writer's Studio while tapping into the power of your own voice. This cross-generational writing workshop is free and open to the public. To register, fill out this form. Space is limited. You will receive an email to confirm that you are registered or let you know that you are on the waitlist. All ages welcome!

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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!