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Kickstarter: Fully Funded!

August 15th—

Our first-ever Kickstarter was successfully funded with the support of 178 backers, boasting a grand total of $10,088.

This money will help build out our reinvented storefront--The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.--with interactive, educational elements... including a 1970's supercomputer, revamped whisper systems, and a assortment of booby traps.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all our supporters!

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Our Students’ Writing in Awesome Places

August 6th—

This summer, 826CHI students have been busy crafting masterpieces, many of which were featured on prominent blogs, online journals, and music web sites.

From our Workshops with Groupon's editorial wizards:
Celebrity fashion commentary;
Pizza topping critique;
The hottest songs of summer


Interviews published in McSweeneys and Pitchfork, from our Pitchfork Music Writing Workshop:
Danny Brown, everyone's favorite gap-toothed rapper;
Dum Dum Girls, rock phenoms
(more of these interviews to come!)

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826CHI Forward Update

July 28th—

If you haven't recently visited the 826CHI Forward web site, hustle on over there! We've experienced so many exciting developments in the past few weeks.

In a nutshell:
>>Gensler presented their Master Plan to the entire 826 network, during our National Staff Development Conference

>>We caught a sneak peek of our new space's mind-blowingly awesome interior design (three words: Morse Code Bookcase)

>>Gensler secured several overwhelmingly-generous in-kind donations from their industry contacts

For a more detailed account of these updates, please visit www.826chi.org/FORWARD.

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The Boring Store Is Closing

July 25th—

...and then re-opening, under a new name: The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

Saturday, July 26th will be the Boring Store's final day of sales. Ever. Come in between 11am and 6pm for that grappling hook you've been ogling since we opened—and catch a screamin' deal!

For more information about 826CHI's relocation and The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.'s re-opening and re-naming, please visit www.826chi.org/FORWARD.

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Strength In Numbers—And You

July 24th—

Until August 26th, we're celebrating 826CHI's Strength In Numbers. We implore each of you to make a contribution of just $8.26, by clicking here >>

$50 supplies one week of healthy snacks for our After-School Tutoring & Writing students
(this year, we offered 137 AST&W sessions)

$100 brings one class to 826CHi for a Field Trip
(this year, we offered 95 Field Trips)

$150 covers the printing costs of 35 chapbooks
(this year, we published 2,385 books full of student writing) 
 
Read more about our impact on Chicago's youth >>
Make a quick, easy contribution >>

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