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Join our Associate Board

Join our Associate Board

January 25th—

826CHI's Associate Board invites you to enjoy wine, cheese, and conversation at our Open House on Wednesday, March 1. Are you looking to volunteer, network, and have fun outside your typical 9-to-5? Join us to learn more about how you can support one of Chicago's essential writing and tutoring centers.

Please RSVP to to make sure we have enough brie and pinot grig to go around, and spread the word to your friends and coworkers.

826CHI’s Teen Press Corps Published in McSweeney’s

826CHI’s Teen Press Corps Published in McSweeney’s

January 23rd—

Our Teen Press Corps shared another interview from last summer's Pitchfork Music Festival, this time conversing with Chicago footwork pioneer RP Boo. To learn about the empowering effect of footwork, the art of sampling, and how it feels to watch an underground movement grow, read on at McSweeney's, and stop by the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. for your very own copy of our students' collection of music writing, And the Rest is Noise.

Celebrate and Translate with us at Parranda Palabrita

January 19th—

It's almost time for the annual, bilingual chapbook! Our translation party, Parranda Palabrita, will be held on Thursday, February 16th from 6:15 - 7:30pm at 826CHI. Eat pizza, practique tu español, and join forces to find the best translations for such idiosyncratic gems as, "the mucky muck." If you plan on attending Parranda Palabrita, please RSVP to Interested in translating but can't come to the party? You can translate remotely! Email for more details.

Who Wants Love? - Pop Up Print Show for 826CHI

January 17th—

Find the perfect gift for a lovely human in your life *and* support a literary arts nonprofit at the second-annual Who Wants Love? Pop Up Print Show, sponsored by Tiny Bold CreativeGhost Press, and French Paper Company, and Half Acre Beer Company. All proceeds benefit 826CHI, a creative writing, tutoring, and publishing center that offers tuition-free programs to more than 2,500 CPS youth each year.

Fifteen Chicago designers and illustrators (info below) will be showing and selling screen printed posters (from 8x10" all the way to 18x24"), all inspired by 826CHI's students' stories about love. These musings on love run the gamut, from a third grader's outrageously goofy "Marriage Rules" to a high school junior's beautifully poingant reflection on partnership — we're thrilled to see how these talented artists will further elevate our students' thoughts and insights.

We'll be offering complimentary Half Acre Beer Company brews & Green Sheep Water for all in attendence, plus the satisfaction of knowing that your poster purchase(s) directly support Chicago's creative youth. All posters are $20, with additional 826CHI goods available for purchase, as well. 

Admission is $5 at the door, cash only. Please help spread the word — all are welcome!

To see photos from last year's event click here>>
For more information, see our Eventbrite page>>

Scrabble for Cheaters 2017

January 16th—

Join 826CHI for our annual Scrabble for Cheaters event! 

Scrabble for Cheaters is a Scrabble tournament with a dishonest twist for an honest cause. Here’s how it works: 

Teams of two players each will pledge to raise funds to support 826CHI's creative writing programs. The money raised by each team can be used to purchase "cheats," which can be used to obliterate your Scrabble opponents.

On Saturday, March 4th, after weeks of peer-to-peer fundraising, teams will go head-to-head in a Scrabble tournament, using their hard-earned arsenal of cheats to win a series of 45-minute games. Champions take home a special prize, a gloriously gaudy trophy, and everlasting praise and admiration.

This year, we aim to raise over $20,000. Every donation helps ensure that each of our 2,500+ students can attend our literary arts programs 100% free-of-charge.

Can we count on your trickery?
Sign up to play or donate HERE>>

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