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826CHI Writer Named to Chicago’s “Rising Star Honor Roll!”

July 20th—

“Won’t you celebrate with me
For the life that has been
Given as a gift?”
- Esperanza R., 826CHI writer and City of Chicago “Rising Star”!

826CHI’s very own Esperanza R has been recognized on Chicago’s Rising Star Honor Roll for her creative work! We’re thrilled to see her be honored on Monday, August 28th at Millennium Park alongside the likes of Common, Jeanne Gang, Kerry James Marshall, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

We only wish we had a higher rooftop to shout from about how proud we are of you, Esperanza! To read her inspiring poem “Celebration,” click HERE.

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply is Closed

July 3rd—

We're on a secret mission! We'll re-open on Thursday, July 6th, but check out our website for your shopping needs.

We’re Seeking a Teaching Artist!

June 21st—

826CHI is hiring its first-ever Teaching Artist! We're looking for an experienced art educator to co-lead our annual summer writing workshop, The Word Lab, a visual arts-based writing program for 1st through 5th graders. The successful applicant is an art educator with experience engaging elementary-aged English language learners in a community-based setting.

Applications close Friday, June 30th. View the position HERE, and tell your favorite art educator!

Authors of “P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust” Covered by The Atlantic’s CityLab

Authors of “P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust” Covered by The Atlantic’s CityLab

June 21st—

“For an intimate perspective [on segregation], you may want to chat with some of the city’s kids...Over the course of 149 letters, these kids pushed past geographical and demographic differences to find similar ground.”

BREAKING NEWS: Our cross-city letter writers from P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust are featured in CityLab from The Atlantic. Read on >>

P.S. You can now get your own copy of the book at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply >>

826CHI’s Teen Letter-Writers Make Their Television Debut

June 20th—

Did you catch our students on Fox 32 Chicago’s morning news this week? Watch three letter-writers from our new book P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust AND our Executive Director Kendra Curry-Khanna in this clip, and purchase your very own copy of the book at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

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