News & Events



February 2nd—

The 826CHI offices are closed this Monday, February 2, due to the blizzard. There will be no programming. We'll keep you posted about Tuesday's schedule. Stay warm, everyone!

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“The Land of Amazing Things”

January 28th—

Our latest chapbook -- released in December -- is now available for purchase! “The Land of Amazing Things” will fly you through scores of student-imagined countries, kingdoms, and intergalactic landscapes—places you’ve never even dreamed of. Get your copy for just $5 in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co!

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Greater Good Studios // 826CHI

January 23rd—

We're thrilled to kick off an 826 network-wide partnership with Greater Good Studios! Designers from their Chicago office are even officially volunteering with our programs.

Just yesterday morning, Annie illustrated a Storytelling & Bookmaking Field Trip, immortalizing 4th graders' likenesses of a gargoyle prince, a witch-potato-cyclops, and a marshmallow kingdom—complete with a chocolate syrup waterfall.

Stay tuned for more about this exciting partnership.

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Capital Fund Update

January 21st—

Our 826CHI Forward web site got a facelift and we're gearing up for the project's next phase, FURNISH, which will outfit our space with state-of-the art technology to support our tuition-free programming for Chicago students.

Read all about it here, and email if you're interested in contributing.

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826CHI and the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers

January 20th—

The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW) will tear up the Logan Square Auditorium on Friday, February 13th, at 10pm...and has chosen 826CHI as its partner charity.

Chicago’s biggest and most belligerent lady arm wrestlers will elbow their way to the top, all for a good CLLAWse.

Get your tickets here, RSVP here, and help spread the word!

If you're interested in volunteering during the event on behalf of 826CHI (selling CLLAWBUX [raffle tickets]), email

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