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826CHI on Live Television

April 14th—

826CHI made its live television debut on Fox 32's Good Day Chicago! Two of our four segments are online—CLICK HERE to poke around the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., hear about our plans for the summer. Bonus points if you manage to spy Tyler, the store's head agent, creeping in the background of a few shots.

These clips will disappear from Fox's web site after two weeks, so be sure to watch and share today!

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Prologue: Cocktails for a Cause

April 9th—

826CHI’s Associate Board invites you to Prologue: a signature evening of hors d'oeuvres, open bar, and a raffle of luxe prize packages in support of the educational programming of 826CHI, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for youth in Chicago. Revel in stunning city views overlooking Michigan Avenue at this event of literary proportions, while helping write the future for Chicago's youth.

CLICK HERE to purchase a ticket now

When: Friday, June 5, 7-10 PM
Where: The Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S Michigan Ave, Floor 22
Tickets: $85 regular, $125 VIP
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Summer Programming

April 8th—

Registration for our three summer camps and four summer Workshops begins Friday, April 13th, online. Priority enrollment is reserved for low-income students and/or English Language Learners, though we certainly welcome students of all backgrounds to apply for spots. Parents can expect to receive registration confirmation within two weeks of registration. 

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My So-Called Prom: Tickets On Sale!

April 2nd—

826CHI's annual costumed dance party/fundraiser is upon us again: PROM. This year, we've prepared a buffet of 90's pop culture with the theme My So-Called Prom. Page all your friends and come dressed in your finest JNCOs and array of butterfly clips for an incredible evening of free beer/wine/spirits, a raffle and silent auction, photo booth, dancing, and more...all to benefit the programs of 826CHI. Party on!

>> CLICK HERE to purchase a ticket now <<

When: Saturday, May 9th, 8-11:30pm
Where: DANK Haus, 4740 N Western Ave
Tickets: $35 in advance, $45 at the door
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Read This Poem: The Academy of American Poets

April 1st—

With the help of after-school tutor and poet, David Welch, we’re thrilled to announce that our National Poetry Month series, Read This Poem, is back and bigger than ever!

Now in partnership with The Academy of American Poets, and featuring work from writers in each of 826 National’s seven chapter cities, Read This Poem aims to highlight and connect Chicago’s local community of poets to one another—and to 826CHI—by asking them to write about a poem they love, and then having the author of that poem do the same, and so on.

You can read this year’s first feature here, and be sure to keep an eye out because this daisy chain of local lyricism is set to hit each Wednesday in April.

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