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Did you see our 2014-2015 Annual Report?

June 17th—

Looking for some summertime reading?

If you haven't had a chance to review the highlights from our 2014-2015 school year, feel free to peruse our Annual Report.

Thanks to volunteer Gage Salzano for designing such a beautiful publication!

Spring Publishing Round Up!

June 15th—

Our Publishing department has been working overtime this spring, producing a whopping SEVEN books of the most amazing, inspired, hilarious, and moving student writing.

Our spring 2016 releases include memoir field trip chapbooks, “Running Fast, Scared and Shaking,” “Fire in My Heart,” and “Laughing and Humming to Pass the Time,” in addition to our Youth Advisory collection “A Record in Space,” workshop collection “Not Minding How Gloomy it Looks Outside,” After-School Tutoring and Writing students' "This Could Go on for Centuries," and last (but definitely not least!) our Young Authors Book Project, “The Monster Gasped, ‘OMG!’” All of these beautiful books are available for purchase now at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. ANDDDDD all purchases benefit our FREE student programming so we can continue giving Chicago’s young authors publishing opportunities like these.

Rhythm Method Improv Supporting 826CHI

June 17th—

Does an evening of rock n’ roll improv in support of our student programming sound like a good time? (hint: yes) We are ever so grateful that Chicago’s Rhythm Method will be performing to support our students on June 26th at the Mission Theater. The best part? Tickets are only $12! >> Details

Printers Row Lit Fest 2016 Recap

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June 14th—

We couldn’t be prouder of the student-authors of Brentano Math & Science Academy that made our audience laugh, cry, and gasp "OMG!" this past weekend at Printers Row Lit Fest. Students brought their stories to life with loud and expressive voices, friends and family went wild with applause and cheers. Books were signed, pictures were taken, and our student authors generally agreed that being famous is tough (but rewarding) work!

Big thanks to everyone who made “The Monster Gasped, ‘OMG!’” possible AND to everyone who visited our table at #PRLF2016!

Monster Morning Read at Brentano

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June 9th—

The student-authors of Brentano Math & Science Academy wowed friends and family at the Monsters Morning Read with loud voices, author-ly poise, and beaming smiles. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the authors and for making this morning possible!

Join us for the release party and reading at Printers Row Lit Fest (and grab your copy) this Saturday! >>

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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!