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Join us for Volunteer Game Night!

February 27th—

The time is nigh -- for our next Volunteer Game Night! Join us on Thursday, March 9th from 6-8pm for some raucous fun, competitive camaraderie, and pizza.

Yes, we’ll bring the pizza! And as for you -- bring a snack, bring a game, bring your oldest and closest friends. All are welcome to partake in this tabletop extravaganza, from our most veteran of volunteers to those who are simply pondering what it might be like to volunteer with us. Come for Taboo / Settlers of Catan / Cards Against Humanity / Anomia -- and stay for the people.

RSVP here >>

Scrabble for Cheaters: Saturday, March 4th

February 23rd—

The competition is heating up for our annual peer-to-peer fundraiser, Scrabble for Cheaters. In addition to a glorious trophies, teams will be competing for 3-day passes to Pitchfork Music Festival.

And, you'll find formidable and famous foes in Peter Sagal, host of "Wait Wait. . .Don't Tell Me!", Chicago's own soul dynamo JC Brooks of JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, and Jeopardy! mega-champion Julia Collins. Fabulous prizes, sneaky spelling, and an honest cause. The only piece missing is you.

When: Saturday, March 4th at 11:30am
Where: WeWork, 20 West Kinzie Street, 17th floor, Chicago
Questions? Email

To register your team now, click here >>

Thank You, Valentines!

Thank You, Valentines!

February 17th—

Way to make a nonprofit writing and tutoring center feel loved!

Thanks to sixteen local artists, seven of our own creative writers, and partners like you, our second-annual Who Wants Love? Pop Up Print Show at Workshop raised a heart-swelling $2,200 in just one night. The proceeds from these prints—all inspired by our students’ writing on love—will go directly to support our tuition-free programs.

Don’t be heartbroken if you missed the show—you can find pictures from the big night here and purchase your own magnificent print in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. or online at

An extra-special thank-you to the generous sponsors and talented artists who made this event possible —



NPR’s Peter Sagal Joins Scrabble for Cheaters

NPR’s Peter Sagal Joins Scrabble for Cheaters

February 16th—

Don’t miss your chance to match vocabularies with one of NPR's mightiest voices. Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait. . .Don't Tell Me! has joined the competition. Have you formed your Scrabble for Cheaters team yet? Register here >> 

826CHI is Hiring!

826CHI is Hiring!

February 10th—

We are seeking a dynamic and creative educator to serve as a part-time Program Coordinator through late August. The Program Coordinator oversees most aspects of the Field Trip program, as well as supports Workshops and other initiatives as needed. This person will make a significant impact on Chicago youth by advancing 826CHI's mission.

Apply by Friday, February 24th. More information HERE >>

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