Promic-Con 2013 was a huge success, thanks to the incredible time and effort of hundreds of volunteers, interns, businesses, organizations—not to mention the nerdish dancing of more than 250 guests at the SAIC Ballroom!. Between ticket sales, the raffle, and our silent auction, we were able to bring in more than $15,000 for our programs! That's amazing. We'll have pictures up soon! Stay tuned!
WBEZ's Rick Kogan on 826CHI, 826 National, and Promic-Con. Big ups to our incredible volunteers who make 826 the magical place that it is. You can read his full column here.
In the grand tradition of proms past, 826CHI presents “Promic-Con,” an evening wholly dedicated to celebrating the glory of fandoms and cosplay. Forget everything you know about high school prom, because we are bringing you “ONE PROM TO RULE THEM ALL.”
At 8:00pm on April 27th, come to the School of the Art Institute Ballroom (!!!) dressed in all manners of fandom (or secondhand formal-wear) for a night of costuming, silent auctioning, (free) drinking, raffling, geeking out, and DANCING.
Join our Facebook event page for updates and details about the silent auction
Beam yourself up (well, over) to the official Promic-Con web site to purchase your tickets: $40 for one, $75 for two. All proceeds from the event benefit 826CHI’s free writing programs for thousands of Chicago students.
Because of the snow falling from the sky and our ancipation that there may be a rather large amount of it, 826CHI has postponed this afternoon's New Volunteer Orientation. We have rescheduled for THIS Thursday, March 7th from 12:30-2:30pm. An after-School Tutor Training is already scheduled for later that evening (6:30-8:00pm), for those interested in becoming tutors. If you can’t do both, no fear! There will be other opportunities to train for this program in the upcoming weeks.
Last Thursday, we packed our center with nearly 50 supportive friends, volunteers, and parents as After-School Tutoring students read from 2013's first chapbook, An Elevator with Different Floors. The chapbook stories detail the (mis)adventures of Kait Steele and Patrick Shaffner, two of 826CHI's beloved former staff members. To view pictures from the party, head over to our Facebook.
The chapbook features a stellar introduction from rising literary star Patrick Somerville and cover art by the incomparable Aaron Renier. Another enormous thank-you goes out to the night's special guest: Chicago native and former NFL star Cecil Martin, whose inspiring speech energized and encouraged both the students and 826 staff.
Jocelyn O's story, "A Jumpy Situation," has been added to our Writing Gallery. You can pick up your copy of "An Elevator with Different Floors" in The Boring Store today!
Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted, (brought to you by Essay Fiesta creator Keith Ecker and blogger Samantha Irby) is a monthly live lit showcase that takes place every third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at Powell's Bookstore in Lincoln Square. The showcase features the boldest storytellers in Chicago and encourages performers to take creative and personal risks in their writing. Each show is carefully curated, with an eye toward diversity of perspectives and voices. Donations are collected with 100 percent of all contributions split evenly between One Tail at a Time and 826CHI.
January 16th’s lineup:
• Neo-Futurist Dina Marie Walters
• Solo in the 2nd City producer Carly Oishi
• Comedian and actor Whit Nelson
• Performer Jeff Miller
• Writer Jill Neumann