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Check our our latest publication, And the Rest Is Noise!

Check our our latest publication, And the Rest Is Noise!

November 3rd—

You can now read our latest student publication, And the Rest Is Noise: Interviews & Reflections From The Students Of 826CHI’s 2017 Pitchfork Music Writing Intensive, in full online! Featuring Angel Olsen, Kweku Collins, American Football, & more of today's most influential musicians, check out the Teen Press Corps' work here >>

Workshop with Poet Danez Smith!

Workshop with Poet Danez Smith!

November 4th—

On Saturday, November 4th at 12:30pm, award-winning poet Danez Smith, author of Don't Call Us Dead and [insert] boy will be leading an hour-long writing workshop for teens and adults at 826CHI! Tickets are free for 826CHI students and $10 for others. There are only 20 seats available, so reserve your tickets ASAP on our Facebook event or Eventbrite! Educators and writers are strongly encouraged to attend! 

Trick or Treat @ Secret Agent Supply

Trick or Treat @ Secret Agent Supply

October 17th—

On October 31st from 3:00—6:00pm, join the West Town and Wicker Park Bucktown Chambers of Commerce and local business members for a night of Trick or Treating in the community. Look for the route's poster in the window of participating businesses.

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Thanks to all who joined us at Eat Your Words!

Thanks to all who joined us at Eat Your Words!

October 11th—

Last night’s third-annual Eat Your Words was full of the warmth and generosity of more than 200 guests. We ate some of the most praised cuisine and best-loved drinks our city has to offer and raised funds to support our tuition-free creative writing and publishing opportunities for youth across the city of Chicago.

On behalf of our staff, board, volunteers, partner teachers, and the 2,500+ student-authors we work with each year, we want to thank everyone who helped make this event a success including: elegant emcee, Ji Suk Yi; musical guests, the Chicago Children’s Choir; auctioneer extraordinaire, Peter Sagal; eloquent and inspiring guest speakers, Dave Eggers, Rick Bayless, chef and 826CHI student, Evan, and Esperanza; and the chefs and mixologists who proudly represented the following restaurants: The Promontory, mfk., Dos Urban Cantina, Citymouse, GTPrime, Swift & Sons, Fat Rice, Kimski, Oriole, Punch House, Broken Shaker, and Scofflaw.

Their kindness directly feeds the creativity of our growing young writers. We are unendingly grateful for the support from our community and truly humbled to continue our work in supporting the creative possibilities of thousands of young Chicagoans.

We the W(h)ee

We the W(h)ee

September 20th—


On Friday, October 13th at 6:30pm, the Secret Agent Supply Co. will be hosting a free performance of We the W(h)ee, an hour-long toy theater performance recommended for ages 8+! Written and performed by local Chicago theatermakers and sisters, Sam Beach (The Snare) and Johanna Beach, this play takes us to Wheedelphia, where half of the citizens work all day and the other half watches and records those workers. Join us for this modern fable about how we spend and record our time.
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