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Support 826CHI on AmazonSmile!

Support 826CHI on AmazonSmile!

November 2nd—

As the holidays draw nearer, don’t forget that every purchase you make on Amazon can support 826CHI’s students! Visit smile.amazon.com to log into AmazonSmile before beginning your shopping spree, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your order total to a non-profit of your choice (us!).

Welcome to the family, Katie Gonzalez

Welcome to the family, Katie Gonzalez

October 27th—

Please join us in welcoming the latest addition to our team! Formerly a programming intern at 826CHI, Katie found herself especially drawn to the books and gear available in our storefront, the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. In her new role as our Store Associate, Katie will regale passers-by with the brilliance of our student-authors and share her enthusiasm for imagination, creativity, and agent supplies of all kinds.

When Katie’s not with us, she can be found helping second graders unlock their creative writing powers, exploring museums all over the city, and climbing trees to better see the world.

Read Katie's full bio here >>

“Ears as Big as My Head” Audio Project Release

“Ears as Big as My Head” Audio Project Release

October 21st—

Q: What are you doing on Thursday, November 17th, 4:30-6:00 PM?

A: Attending 826CHI's audio project release event, Ears as Big as My Head!

Join us as we laugh, cry, listen, and marvel at conversations between our After-School Tutoring & Writing students and their friends and family members. In these professionally-edited stories, you’ll hear about birth, loss, inspiration, migration, parents’ dreams for their children, and much more. And, should our students' art move you to create your own oral histories, we’ll have an interview station at the ready for you and your loved one(s).

Free and open to the public. Details at our event page.

Associate Board Open House

Associate Board Open House

October 27th—

Want to join a team of energetic professionals supporting young writers? 826CHI’s Associate Board gives you a chance to network while doing important outreach for 826CHI and planning events like our annual gala, Prologue. To learn more, meet Associate Board members for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at 826CHI on Thursday, October 27th at 6pm. See their Facebook event for more details.

Compendium Volume 5 Released!

Compendium Volume 5 Released!

October 18th—

Two years of raw youthful creativity and loving editorial work came to fruition at The Promontory in Hyde Park this week as our students read their work from the newly-released 826CHI Compendium  Volume 5. More than a hundred family members, friends, volunteers, and other supporters packed the house as students read the most moving, hilarious, and powerful work from two years of 826CHI programming, now bound in a beautful embossed cover designed by Thomas Quinn and Ambrose Holiday of Blank is the New Black. Special thanks also goes out to Kinsley Koons, without whose dedication to editing this book would not exist.

Organized by age and held together by the theme of growth, The Compendium Volume 5 is now for sale in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. Pick up your copy today and see what enraptured every single person at our release event, and find pictures from the event HERE.

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