News & Events

Want to be our Volunteer Manager?

June 13th—

826CHI is hiring a full-time Volunteer Manager to build up the community that supports Chicago's young writers. Want to oversee all aspects of volunteer engagement at 826CHI, from recruitment and training a diverse volunteer and intern corps to building community-based relationships? Applications close Monday, July 31st. View the position description HERE, and help us spread the word!

New 826CHI Podcast Episodes Dropping NOW!

July 21st—

Radio 826CHI is back on the air! Check out three new episodes from our podcasting workshop students, now available on Soundcloud. Original stories, dramatic renditions, and spontaneous singing await on our Soundcloud >>

Shoutout to Pam Rogers, librarian podcaster, who guided our students into the exciting world of sound checks, mic skills, and dynamic delivery.

826CHI Writer Named to Chicago’s “Rising Star Honor Roll!”

July 20th—

“Won’t you celebrate with me
For the life that has been
Given as a gift?”
- Esperanza R., 826CHI writer and City of Chicago “Rising Star”!

826CHI’s very own Esperanza R has been recognized on Chicago’s Rising Star Honor Roll for her creative work! We’re thrilled to see her be honored on Monday, August 28th at Millennium Park alongside the likes of Common, Jeanne Gang, Kerry James Marshall, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

We only wish we had a higher rooftop to shout from about how proud we are of you, Esperanza! To read her inspiring poem “Celebration,” click HERE.

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply is Closed

July 3rd—

We're on a secret mission! We'll re-open on Thursday, July 6th, but check out our website for your shopping needs.

We’re Seeking a Teaching Artist!

June 21st—

826CHI is hiring its first-ever Teaching Artist! We're looking for an experienced art educator to co-lead our annual summer writing workshop, The Word Lab, a visual arts-based writing program for 1st through 5th graders. The successful applicant is an art educator with experience engaging elementary-aged English language learners in a community-based setting.

Applications close Friday, June 30th. View the position HERE, and tell your favorite art educator!

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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!