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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

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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

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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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Registration for Fall Programming

July 24th—

Thanks for bearing with us as we transition into our new home and sort through the logistics of our fall programming.

In August, you can expect to hear about Field Trip registration and dates for our New Volunteer Orientations. We'll announce registration for Workshops and Parent Orientations for After-School Tutoring & Writing in September.

To be the among the first to learn when these dates have been finalized, please sign up for our Educators or Parents email list.

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July 24th—

The Boring Store's highly-coveted, painstakingly-collaged world map is up for auction until this Saturday July 26th, 5pm CST.

This one-of-a-kind gem is 12'W by 7'H (human on ladder included for scale).

Upbid in increments of at $5+ by tweeting at @TheBoringStore using the hashtag #gimmethatmap.

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