News & Events


826CHI is Hiring!

April 15th—

Are you a team player with a passion for education and youth development through writing and publishing? 826CHI is looking to hire for three positions through AmeriCorps VISTA:

Positions run from August 2017 to August 2018. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 9th. View the position description and application instructions on the AmeriCorps website (linked above). Questions? Email

ChiTeen Lit Fest is Coming!

April 15th—

Are you a creative young adult interested in learning more about literary arts through interactive panels and workshops? ChiTeen Lit Fest is for you!

Learn about gender identity in writing, self-care through fiction, representation of people in color in comics, and much more. You can even participate in a session of 826CHI's LGBTQ workshop Write with Pride. Join the kick-off party on Friday, April 21st at Harold Washington Library and the festival on Saturday, April 22nd at Columbia College Chicago.

Click here for details.

Thank you, Tobi!

Thank you, Tobi!

April 13th—

Looking for a way to look fashionable and support young writers? The generous people at Tobi have made it easy. Shop for dresses, shoes, swimwear and more at our Tobi Cares page and a portion of each purchase goes to 826CHI.

And the Title Is . . .

And the Title Is . . .

April 11th—

Drumroll, please!

Our 2017 Young Authors Book Project, a collection of letters between the eighth graders of Emiliano Zapata Academy in Little Village and the sophomores of Amundsen High School in Andersonville will be called:

P.S. You Sound Like a Person I Can Trust

The title, borrowed lovingly from one of our student’s own letters, was selected by the staff of 826CHI by unanimous vote. Not only does the title convey the epistolary nature of this year’s publication, it also expresses the heartfelt and sincere connections these students—once strangers—formed with each other through writing.

Join us for the world release of this book (and witness the students meeting IRL for the first time) at Printers Row Lit Fest the afternoon of Saturday, June 10th!

Free Verse: a Poetry Month Celebration

April 8th—

We at 826CHI and the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co are pleased to announce an evening of readings, poetry prompts, and refreshments on Tuesday, April 18th at 7pm.

We’ll be hosting local authors David Welch, Kenyatta Rogers, Rachel Galvin, Brenna Lemieux, and Zhou Sivan to share their work. We’re also offering 30% discounts on poetry books in our store. And we’ll help you get started on your own poetic journey with free prompts. Bring a friend you’d like to create poetry with!

For information, see our Facebook event >>

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