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September at 826CHI

October 1st—

In the past month, we've celebrated the release of a beautiful new book, held a fantastic fundraising event, and begun our fall programming. Now, we are mere DAYS away from moving into our new home! More updates here >>

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Tale-Gate Success!

September 29th—

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for Saturday's Tale-Gate fundraiser!

We're grateful to the volunteers and interns who helped run the event, to each of the 7 fundraising teams for raising support for our programs and completing all sorts of zany challenges, to Döner Men, Write Club, Valid Hysteria, Shine On, Chicago, and London Calling for providing day-of entertainment, to Chicagoist for sponsoring us, to Alison Kuczwara of Tiny Bold Creative for making the promotional materials look so lovely, and to the amazing folks at the Hideout Inn for hosting us.

You can view photos here >>

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THIS WEEKEND: Tale-Gate Fundraiser

September 24th—

Looking for something to do this Saturday? Join us for our second-annual Tale-Gate, a street fest of literary proportions, to benefit 826CHI!

Hosted at The Hideout, our literary-themed, block party-styled fundraiser features live music, live lit, improv interpretations of our student writing, classic tailgate games, German street food, and drinks from the Hideout. Please come, and bring all of your (21+) friends—it's just $10 at the door!

826CHI is also grateful for the sponsorship of Chicagoist—they've got their finger on the pulse of Chicago news; from food and drink to entertainment and politics. Check it out!

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Young Authors’ Book Project 2015: Power and Place

September 23rd—

An In-School partnership with 10th graders from Curie Metropolitan High School will yield this year's 826CHI Young Authors' Book Project, to be released at Printers Row Lit Fest in June 2015.

Students will work with volunteers to write about significant places in their lives, drawing on creative nonfiction and personal storytelling to shape narratives unique to their lives and perspectives.

This yearlong program will also provide a space for students to critique how stories are told in the media, sharpening their news literacy skills while crafting original stories.

We want to know: What are your favorite Chicago places? What are news headlines saying to--and about--you? Write alongside our students with weekly writing prompts; just follow @826CHI on Twitter and keep an eye on the #YAPB hashtag.

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The 826CHI Compendium Vol IV; A Thankfest in Five Parts

September 22nd—

Last Friday, we celebrated the release of The 826CHI Compendium Volume IV, an anthology of student writing from across all areas of 826CHI programming. 

This project represents literally thousands of hours of work on behalf of our students, volunteers, and interns--to whom we say, Thank you. Another gigantic thank-you goes to our partners; DePaul University's service-learning students and their community press, Big Shoulders Books.

We're also so grateful to Alison Kuczwara of Tiny Bold Creative for designing the cover and layout and to artist Marnie Galloway for beautifully illustrating the book's maps and pictures. Another massive high-five/hug combo goes out to Tara Jayakar, our yearlong Publishing intern--without whom this project would have been completely impossible (and not nearly as much fun).

And, finally, THANK YOU to the full theater of guests, who dedicated a Friday evening to the amazing work of our students!

We're happy you agree: our student authors are endlessly inspiring.

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