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Volunteer with Us!

Volunteer with Us!

September 30th—

Our school year’s about to begin and we’re looking for dedicated, passionate volunteers to mentor and guide our students as they work on brave, ambitious, and creative writing projects this school year.

Ready to get started? Click HERE to apply, and email with any questions. Orientation dates below!

New Volunteer Orientations

  • October 4th, 6:30 - 8pm
  • October 5th, 12:30 - 2pm
  • November 8th, 6:30 - 8pm
  • November 9th, 12:30pm - 2pm
  • December 6th, 6:30 - 8pm
  • December 7th, 12:30pm - 2pm
  • January 10th, 12:30pm - 2pm
  • January 1tth, 6:30 - 8pm
  • January 25th,  6:30 - 8pm
Book Release: 826CHI’s Compendium Volume 5

Book Release: 826CHI’s Compendium Volume 5

October 18th—

Join us—we're releasing The Compendium Volume 5, a 250+ page anthology of writing from 826CHI! Every two years, we pull together writing from all ages, genres, and areas of our programming and put them between two covers for you to marvel at and be inspired by.

This particular volume is organized chronologically by age—beginning with stories from 1st graders and ending with the words of high school seniors. Celebrating the theme of “growth” and split into four distinct age groups, this book contains four introductions by beloved educators with a wealth of experience in that particular phase of adolescence. By organizing the book by age, we can see clearly the creative trajectory of a young writer and admire how their personal growth is revealed through their writing.

Within these pages, you will encounter a lion “as loud as a pencil sharpener,” witness a family’s journey toward American citizenship, live vicariously at a Chance the Rapper show, experience the dramatic sabotage of a 5th grade science project, and get a closer look at the struggles and triumphs of teen parenthood.

Hear the authors themselves read these stories aloud at the Promontory on Tuesday, October 18th. Doors open at 5pm, reading begins at 6pm. See our event page for details.

At the event, books will be available for purchase for $20 (cash or credit), and afterwards, in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. and online at 

Thank you, Tanta!

Thank you, Tanta!

September 21st—

1,095 days’ worth of thanks to Tanta Cocina Peruana, mfk., and Roka Akor for sharing the $3,500 proceeds of Tanta’s third birthday party with our students! Join us in wishing Tanta a happy belated, and enjoy some of their amazing cebiches while summer weather is still upon us! (And look for mfk. at Eat Your Words on October 6th.)

Eat Your Words

October 6th—

Join 826CHI for an evening of creative writing, amazing food, and inspiring music as we celebrate the creativity and craftsmanship of Chicago’s food and writing scene -- all in support of the voices of the 2,500 Chicago youth we engage in writing and publishing each year. Eat Your Words: an Evening of Food and Stories is inspired by an 826CHI creative writing workshop that brings Chicago’s top culinary talent together with students to explore the connection between food and writing.

Tastes will be presented by chefs from BOKA, mfk., Stock, St. Lou's Assembly, Dos Urban Cantina, Cellar Door Provisions, and others. Music will be presented by JC Brooks, and featured writers include Dave Eggers and one of our own students. Details HERE.

Tanta Turns Three!

September 14th—

Tanta Cocina Peruana in River North is sharing the benefits of their birthday party with 826CHI’s writers. Together with Roka Akor and mfk., Tanta offers cocktails, live music, and creative cuisine to benefit our creative writers! Get your tickets here.

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