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Welcome, Molly!

Welcome, Molly!

April 22nd—

Meet 826CHI’s newest agent, Molly Sprayregen. Molly joins us as a Program Coordinator through August and will be supporting our Field Trips and Workshops!

Congratulations to Carl Sandburg and 21st Century Award Winners!

April 21st—

Our thunderous applause goes to our friend Natalie Moore, recipient of the 21st Century Award, as well as the recipients of the 2017 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards: the acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood AND our own co-founder Dave Eggers! Read on >> 

Audio producer Sarah Geis Visits 826CHI to talk careers and storytelling

April 19th—

In another enlightening session of our Speakers & Snacks series this month, audio producer Sarah Geis visited our After-School Tutoring & Writing students to share insights from a career of recording people’s oral histories for StoryCorps and Third Coast International Audio Festival. Our thanks go to Sarah for sharing her time and experience.

To hear our students’ own powerful oral histories from last year’s Ears as Big as My Head, check out our SoundCloud.

Poets in Revolt! Community Workshop Success

April 18th—

“Every decent poem comes out of an impulse to make the world a better place.”
-Don Share

Thanks to our partners at The Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago’s Graham School, our community workshop Poets in Revolt helped a roomful of people write their own world-improving poems.

Didn’t make it to the workshop? You can still join our community of writers tonight at Free Verse, a night of poetry prompts and readings—and next month at our Volunteer Writers Studio on Wednesday, May 17th.

826CHI Authors to Speak at American Writers Museum Ribbon Cutting

April 17th—

Gwendolyn Brooks, Carl Sandburg, Richard Wright, and 826CHI’s students—what do these have in common? They’re all part of Chicago’s literary legacy, and we’re elated to share that two of our own students will be participating in the historic ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new American Writers Museum on Monday, May 15th at 11am.

The museum, located at 180 N. Michigan Avenue, will be open to the public the following day, Tuesday, May 16th. For more information, please see the AWM website.

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826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

With this in mind, we provide after-school tutoring, weekend workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in their individual voice.


826CHI shares its space with the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., a store with a not-so-secret mission. Our unique products encourage creative writing, imaginative play, and trigger new adventures for agents of all ages. Every purchase supports 826CHI's free programming, so visit us at 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park or online to pick up spy glasses, fake moustaches, our latest student publications, and much more!