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Chapbook Release Recap

June 1st—

Thank you to each of the families, volunteers, students, and friends who cheered our young authors on last Thursday! An especially huge thanks to intern Kayla Schwalbe for managing the book's production and designing the layout, Miden Wood for illustrating the cover, and Mike Hernandez for penning a beautiful, inspiring foreword.

The ‪release of our spring chapbook, Everything You Ever Imagined Was There​ was a huge success, as was the ferocious tutor/student game of Red Light/Green Light that followed. For more stories about tutor-crushes, sinister pigeons, and time-traveling former presidents, pick up your copy of the book in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. for just $5.

Check out dozens of event photos here!

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Together in Flames: A Literary Extravaganza

May 21st—

On Monday, June 8th, 826CHI will celebrate the student-authors of Around That Age, I Liked To Play With Fire at a school-wide literary extravaganza at Curie Metro High School. These talented young authors will read alongside other bold voices from Louder Than A Bomb, Poetry Out Loud, CPS Shakespeare, and the Curie English Department's Students of the Month. 

Families, caregivers, student-writers, community members, and 826CHI volunteers are all welcome to attend—please RSVP on the volunteer calendar. Immediately following the reading, please join us in the courtyard for a reception to celebrate each of these young authors.

Curie Metro HS Auditorium, 1st floor
12:05 - 1:55pm

Curie Metro HS Courtyard, 1st floor
1:55 - 2:45pm

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826CHI’s Educator Workshop at Printers Row

May 18th—

826CHI Presents: Behind the Book: Around That Age, I Liked to Play with Fire

Join 826CHI for a one-hour workshop offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an anthology of personal narratives with 10th grade high school students from Curie Metropolitan High School. This year-long project challenged young writers to identify a moment of change and transformation, and culminated in an anthology of 111 personal stories that were revised and edited with a team of volunteers. In this workshop, we’ll start with a personal narrative writing exercise, talk about the writing process in this project, read passages from the book, and explore the big-picture challenges and joys of writing personal narratives with young people. This is recommended for educators and anyone interested in the teaching of writing and book publishing.

When: Saturday, June 6th, 2:15-3:15pm
Where: Jones College Prep, in room 5038

Free and open to the public!

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Chapbook Release Party & Field Day

May 13th—

We are thrilled to announce the release of our After-School Tutoring & Writing students' spring 2015 chapbook, Everything You Ever Imagined Was There.

This book is full of stories exploring the possibilities of alternate pasts and potential futures. Students have written letters to their older selves, imagined a dystopian society invaded by deadly-cute kittens, and explored the ramifications of having George Washington's ghost haunt your house. Dinosaurs, time machines, and zany inventions abound as these young authors explore their place (and time) in the world.

Please help us pack the room in support of these writers as they share their work for the very first time. A community potluck and classic lawn/outdoor games will follow, in Dean Park (in the cul-de-sac across Paulina from Jewel, behind "Old 826").

When: Thursday, May 28th, 4:00-6:00pm
Where: 826CHI, 1276 N Milwaukee Ave

RSVP here >> 

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Prom Success! // Huge Thanks

May 11th—

My So-Called Prom was all that and a bag of chips! We raised nearly $9,000 in support of 826CHI's programming for Chicago youth. In addition to all of those whose hard work made the evening possible, an especially humongous thanks to the DANK Haus for hosting our event, The Fabulous Ladies of Fitness for bringing the tunes and an epic dance party, Nikos Banquets for providing sustenance, Justin Goh for his photo booth photography (view 'em here!), Studio Instrument Rentals Chicago​ for an amped up sound system, Billy Sunday for delicious whiskey cocktails, and Lagunitas and 3Floyds for beer and more beer.

...and a humongous thank you to each of the following individuals and local businesses who generously donated to our raffle and silent auction:

Jeni Crone
Second City
Kuma's Corner
Lincoln Square Lanes
Pitchfork Music Festival
Field Museum
Lauren Zens
Barbara & Barbara
Native Foods
Kapil and Kendra Curry-Khanna
Lou Malnati's
Antique Taco
Land & Sea
Reckless Records
Emporium Arcade Bar
MAP Room
CorePower Yoga
Laugh Factory
Chicago White Sox
Benefit Brow Bar
Mindy's Hot Chocolate
Shop 1021
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co
Finch's Beer
Transit Tees
Una Mae's
Uncharted Books
Music Box Theatre
Bang Bang Pie
Twisted Scissors
Lincoln Karaoke
Essential Acupuncture Chicago

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