News & Events

Secrecy and Sustainability // Cap Fund Update

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February 25th—

We are well into the FURNISH phase of our Capital Building Project, with some exciting new developments.

826CHI is now “kitchen official,” with an energy-efficient dishwasher, recycling bins, storage for our reusable cutlery and dishes, and ample space to prepare snacks for students and coffee for volunteers (courtesy of Peet's Coffee & Tea and HalfWit Coffee Roasters).
And...we now have a secret entrance from the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. into 826CHI! From this moment forward, before customers’ very eyes, agents on mission will slide through the pegboard wall to join students in our writing lab.

Watch our secret door in action, and read more updates here >>

Intern With Us!

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February 20th—

826CHI is now accepting applications for our Summer intern program. Our interns work directly with students, plan important fundraising events, write grant proposals, support our traditional and digital communications, and much more.

Looking to gain hands-on experience in the nonprofit world? Our Summer deadline is Tuesday, April 28, at 5pm. To read more and apply, please click here.


February 19th—

Due to CPS' closure for extreme temperatures, all 826CHI programming has been cancelled for Thursday, February 19th. If CPS is open tomorrow, we will be too! 

February’s Writer of the Month

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February 18th—

We sat down with February’s Writer of the Month, Isaiah O., at a covert location wherein he shared important thoughts about his work—including how he came up with the word “yukerzaniusbagerdocker.”

Writers of the Month are among 826CHI's most elite secret agents. They've been recruited for their enthusiasm, originality, and determination in all things literary. Read Isaiah's full Author Q&A here and his latest story, Welcome to Unicornopolis, here >>

Young Authors’ Book Project Update

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February 12th—

Curie Metro HS students' narratives are in the final stages of copyediting, a title has been selected, our friends at Curbside Splendor are working on the book design, and the lovely Ian Merritt of IDM Photography has snapped portraits of the young writers, which will accompany their pieces in the book.

Around That Age, I Liked to Play with Fire will be released at this year's Printers Row Lit Fest in June; date/time TBA.

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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 Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.—run by the neighborhood's only spy supplyists—which outfits its spy-entele with the latest and greatest in espionagical wares. All funds raised through sales in the store go to support 826CHI's free programming. 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, or shop online