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Natalie Moore, author of “The South Side” Coming to 826CHI

Natalie Moore, author of “The South Side” Coming to 826CHI

March 14th—

Ta-Nehisi Coates calls WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore’s The South Side "essential to anyone attempting to understand race in Chicago, our most American of cities," and the Chicago Reader says it's “a vital corrective when the dominant media narrative of the south side is one of violence and despair.”

Now you can see firsthand the insights that have everyone talking! WBEZ's Natalie Moore is reading at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. on Monday, Wednesday 27th. This event is FREE and open to the public, and you can even pick up a copy of the book at the Secret Agent Supply now. RSVP on our Facebook event page >>

Thank You for Supporting our Students at Scrabble for Cheaters!

Thank You for Supporting our Students at Scrabble for Cheaters!

March 7th—

On behalf of our students, we'd like to play a game-winning T-H-A-N-K-Y-O-U for the amazing generosity on display at last weekend''s Scrabble for Cheaters tournament. That gratitude is triple-word-scored for each team that participated, everyone who donated, and the generous partners who kept our teams ferociously cheating all day long for assorted fabulous prizes: Chicago Costume, Pitchfork Music FestivalJC Brooks & the Uptown SoundChipotle, and WeWork.

Congratulations to Homeword Bound for their THIRD consecutive tournament victory! Most honorable of mentions to the runners-up, The Cheatahs, and to Alternative Facts for winning best costume.

Although, with a total of $24,000 raised, our students are the biggest winners. A huge thanks to our top three fundraising teams (Alternative Facts, Wait Wait, That's Not a Word, and The Quetzals), who together pulled in an astounding $6,700. See you Scrabble-rousers in 2018 (and stay tuned for more photos, courtesy of Light & Pine)!

Chapbook Release Party: “Paw Prints in the Mud // Huellas de garras en el lodo”

March 4th—

826CHI’s After-School Tutoring & Writing students’ latest chapbook, "Paw Prints in the Mud // Huellas de garras en el lodo,” is a bilingual collection of stories and poems featuring intrepid detectives, tomato wars, dogs with laser eyes, and much, much more.
Mark your calendars for the book release: 4:30pm on Thursday, March 23rd at 826CHI!

Our proud authors—students in 1st through 8th grade—will be reading their work aloud, some for the very first time. To celebrate their accomplishment, we’ll be enjoying a community potluck and, most importantly, we’ll pack the house with wild support for our student-authors.

All are welcome. Bring a friend! RSVP here >>

Join us for Volunteer Game Night!

February 27th—

The time is nigh -- for our next Volunteer Game Night! Join us on Thursday, March 9th from 6-8pm for some raucous fun, competitive camaraderie, and pizza.

Yes, we’ll bring the pizza! And as for you -- bring a snack, bring a game, bring your oldest and closest friends. All are welcome to partake in this tabletop extravaganza, from our most veteran of volunteers to those who are simply pondering what it might be like to volunteer with us. Come for Taboo / Settlers of Catan / Cards Against Humanity / Anomia -- and stay for the people.

RSVP here >>

Scrabble for Cheaters: Saturday, March 4th

February 23rd—

The competition is heating up for our annual peer-to-peer fundraiser, Scrabble for Cheaters. In addition to a glorious trophies, teams will be competing for 3-day passes to Pitchfork Music Festival.

And, you'll find formidable and famous foes in Peter Sagal, host of "Wait Wait. . .Don't Tell Me!", Chicago's own soul dynamo JC Brooks of JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, and Jeopardy! mega-champion Julia Collins. Fabulous prizes, sneaky spelling, and an honest cause. The only piece missing is you.

When: Saturday, March 4th at 11:30am
Where: WeWork, 20 West Kinzie Street, 17th floor, Chicago
Questions? Email

To register your team now, click here >>

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