News & Events


Programming Start Dates

August 19th—

Deluge of programming dates ahead! Grab a snack, pull up your calendar, and dig in.

After-School Tutoring & Writing begins Tuesday, October 14th, at 826CHI's new space: 1276 N Milwaukee Ave. This program is currently at capacity, but you can sign-up for our waitlist by emailing

Field Trip registration will open Thursday, August 28th, at 10am on our Field Trips page. Email with questions.

Workshop registration will open Tuesday, September 23rd, at 11am on our Workshops page. Fall Workshop offerings will appear online the week before. Email with questions.

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Welcome! ...And Farewell

August 18th—

We are thrilled to introduce you to the newest members of our 826CHI family:


Amanda Lichtenstein, Director of Education
Code Name: Madame Pancakes
Six-word Memoir: Travel far now, write it down.

Elif Karatas, Volunteer Coordinator
Code Name: Agent Magpie
Six-word Memoir: Merhaba, hola, venakkam, salaam, and hello.

Read all about their professional and personal backgrounds >>

...And, with a heavy heart, we bid adieu to Agent Molly Walsh, our Boring Store manager. We'll miss passing notes through pneumatic tubes and discussing messenger pigeon flight patterns with her, but look forward to hearing all about her new adventures. Best of luck to you in New York City, Molly!

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Kickstarter: Fully Funded!

August 15th—

Our first-ever Kickstarter was successfully funded with the support of 178 backers, boasting a grand total of $10,088.

This money will help build out our reinvented storefront--The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.--with interactive, educational elements... including a 1970's supercomputer, revamped whisper systems, and a assortment of booby traps.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all our supporters!

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Our Students’ Writing in Awesome Places

August 6th—

This summer, 826CHI students have been busy crafting masterpieces, many of which were featured on prominent blogs, online journals, and music web sites.

From our Workshops with Groupon's editorial wizards:
Celebrity fashion commentary;
Pizza topping critique;
The hottest songs of summer

Interviews published in McSweeneys and Pitchfork, from our Pitchfork Music Writing Workshop:
Danny Brown, everyone's favorite gap-toothed rapper;
Dum Dum Girls, rock phenoms
(more of these interviews to come!)

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826CHI Forward Update

July 28th—

If you haven't recently visited the 826CHI Forward web site, hustle on over there! We've experienced so many exciting developments in the past few weeks.

In a nutshell:
>>Gensler presented their Master Plan to the entire 826 network, during our National Staff Development Conference

>>We caught a sneak peek of our new space's mind-blowingly awesome interior design (three words: Morse Code Bookcase)

>>Gensler secured several overwhelmingly-generous in-kind donations from their industry contacts

For a more detailed account of these updates, please visit

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