In the Community

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826CHI is honored to partner with a number of non-profit organizations, businesses, and foundations throughout Chicago.

If you are interested in an educational (programming) partnership with 826CHI, please revisit this page in September 2016, when we will begin fielding requests for spring 2016 partnerships.

If you are interested in hosting an event that benefits 826CHI, please visit this form, which our Development team reviews every two weeks.

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Programming Partners

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Adventure Stage Theater

Adventure Stage Chicago, a program of the Northwestern University Settlement House, creates and tells heroic stories about young people – to engage our community and inspire all of us to be heroes in our own lives.

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Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival’s mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy, and explore the humanities. They fulfill this mission through their annual festivals – the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring Stages, Sights & Sounds –and by presenting programs throughout the year that encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities.

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Chicago Public Libraries

Since first opening their doors in 1873, and with 80 locations, Chicago Public Libraries welcome and support all people in their enjoyment of reading and lifelong learning. Working together, they strive to provide equal access to information, ideas and knowledge through books, programs and other resources, and believe in the freedom to read, to learn, and to discover.

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The Noble Network

The Noble Network has a daily impact on the lives of 10,000 students from more than 70 Chicago communities at 16 campuses. Noble prepares low-income students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives, and serves as a catalyst for education reform in Chicago.

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DePaul University Steans Center

The Steans Center develops mutually beneficial relationships with community organizations to engage DePaul students in educational opportunities grounded in Vincentian values of respect for human dignity and the quest for social justice. Each semester, partner professors provide 826CHI with a number of student volunteers, enriching 826CHI programming and instilling in students the importance of meaningful community service and civic engagement.

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Pitchfork Music Festival

Each summer, 826CHI offers volunteer support to Pitchfork Music Festival, in exchange for the opportunity to share knowledge of our programs to thousands of festival-goers (check out our booth!). The festival, organized by Pitchfork Media, is held over three days in Union Park, Chicago.

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Groupon

Groupon's mission is to become the world's essential commerce operating system, by connecting buyers and sellers through price and discovery. On top of that, masses of enthusiastic, committed, and talented Groupon employees have led Workshops for 826CHI students, formed fundraising teams for 826CHI events, and supported our in-house publications.

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Adventure Stage Theater

Adventure Stage Chicago, a program of the Northwestern University Settlement House, creates and tells heroic stories about young people – to engage our community and inspire all of us to be heroes in our own lives.

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Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival’s mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy, and explore the humanities. They fulfill this mission through their annual festivals – the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring Stages, Sights & Sounds –and by presenting programs throughout the year that encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities.

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Chicago Public Libraries

Since first opening their doors in 1873, and with 80 locations, Chicago Public Libraries welcome and support all people in their enjoyment of reading and lifelong learning. Working together, they strive to provide equal access to information, ideas and knowledge through books, programs and other resources, and believe in the freedom to read, to learn, and to discover.

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The Noble Network

The Noble Network has a daily impact on the lives of 10,000 students from more than 70 Chicago communities at 16 campuses. Noble prepares low-income students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives, and serves as a catalyst for education reform in Chicago.

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DePaul University Steans Center

The Steans Center develops mutually beneficial relationships with community organizations to engage DePaul students in educational opportunities grounded in Vincentian values of respect for human dignity and the quest for social justice. Each semester, partner professors provide 826CHI with a number of student volunteers, enriching 826CHI programming and instilling in students the importance of meaningful community service and civic engagement.

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Pitchfork Music Festival

Each summer, 826CHI offers volunteer support to Pitchfork Music Festival, in exchange for the opportunity to share knowledge of our programs to thousands of festival-goers (check out our booth!). The festival, organized by Pitchfork Media, is held over three days in Union Park, Chicago.

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Groupon

Groupon's mission is to become the world's essential commerce operating system, by connecting buyers and sellers through price and discovery. On top of that, masses of enthusiastic, committed, and talented Groupon employees have led Workshops for 826CHI students, formed fundraising teams for 826CHI events, and supported our in-house publications.

Contributing Partners

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Chicago Writers Conference

Chicago Writers Conference is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting Chicago area writers and publishing professionals through conferences, workshops and literary events.

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Peet’s Coffee and Tea

Peet’s Coffee and Tea continues to support 826CHI programs and volunteers – providing coffee for our events, K-cups in our space, and 826CHI posters in their 16 shops around Chicago. Despite enormous growth over the past four decades, Peet's remains true to the same principle that inspired its founder—an unrelenting commitment to quality. They continually strive to raise the bar for the American coffee industry, while always delivering a great tasting cup for those who truly love coffee.

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Cole Haan

Cole Haan 826CHI was honored to partner with Cole Haan during the 2014 holiday season, with all regional stores contributing a portion of their sales from Thanksgiving Day–New Year's Day to 826CHI.
Cole Haan began in Chicago in 1928 with the resolution “to make good goods —and nothing but good goods.” Today, they create the shoes, bags, and finishing touches “for people who are ingenuous, resourceful and want to make a difference.”

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Essay Fiesta

Essay Fiesta brings together a cross-section of Chicago’s art and writing communities for a night of first-person, non-fiction essays, all to benefit 826CHI. This live lit event is held the third Monday of the month at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N Lincoln Ave).

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MacArthur Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.

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McCormick

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

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DFSS

The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) is dedicated to supporting a continuum of coordinated services to enhance the lives of Chicago residents, particularly those most in need, from birth through the senior years. The department works to promote the independence and well-being of individuals, support families and strengthen neighborhoods by providing direct assistance and administering resources to a network of community-based organizations, social service providers and institutions.

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DCASE

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

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IACA

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) was created as a state agency in 1965 with the mission to build a strong, creative, and connected Illinois through the arts. Its members serve in a voluntary, non-paid capacity and are charged with developing the state’s public arts policy, fostering quality culturally diverse programs, and approving grants expenditures. The IACA serves the people of Illinois through a variety of grants and services, primarily geared to support Illinois’ art sector, advance arts education, and foster creativity and working artists.

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Chicago Writers Conference

Chicago Writers Conference is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting Chicago area writers and publishing professionals through conferences, workshops and literary events.

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Peet’s Coffee and Tea

Peet’s Coffee and Tea continues to support 826CHI programs and volunteers – providing coffee for our events, K-cups in our space, and 826CHI posters in their 16 shops around Chicago. Despite enormous growth over the past four decades, Peet's remains true to the same principle that inspired its founder—an unrelenting commitment to quality. They continually strive to raise the bar for the American coffee industry, while always delivering a great tasting cup for those who truly love coffee.

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Cole Haan

Cole Haan 826CHI was honored to partner with Cole Haan during the 2014 holiday season, with all regional stores contributing a portion of their sales from Thanksgiving Day–New Year's Day to 826CHI.
Cole Haan began in Chicago in 1928 with the resolution “to make good goods —and nothing but good goods.” Today, they create the shoes, bags, and finishing touches “for people who are ingenuous, resourceful and want to make a difference.”

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Essay Fiesta

Essay Fiesta brings together a cross-section of Chicago’s art and writing communities for a night of first-person, non-fiction essays, all to benefit 826CHI. This live lit event is held the third Monday of the month at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N Lincoln Ave).

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MacArthur Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.

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McCormick

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

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DFSS

The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) is dedicated to supporting a continuum of coordinated services to enhance the lives of Chicago residents, particularly those most in need, from birth through the senior years. The department works to promote the independence and well-being of individuals, support families and strengthen neighborhoods by providing direct assistance and administering resources to a network of community-based organizations, social service providers and institutions.

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DCASE

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

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IACA

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) was created as a state agency in 1965 with the mission to build a strong, creative, and connected Illinois through the arts. Its members serve in a voluntary, non-paid capacity and are charged with developing the state’s public arts policy, fostering quality culturally diverse programs, and approving grants expenditures. The IACA serves the people of Illinois through a variety of grants and services, primarily geared to support Illinois’ art sector, advance arts education, and foster creativity and working artists.

826CHI Forward Supporters

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David and Reva Logan Foundation

In 2014, The David and Reva Logan Foundation generously awarded 826CHI a $50,000 grant towards the build-out of our new space. Within the breadth of interests and important outcomes enabled by its founders, you’ll find the arts, investigative reporting, community organizing and programs to promote social justice. The Foundation also supports developmental education initiatives and outstanding scholarship in several fields.

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Gensler

Gensler is the all-powerful design team behind our Capital Building Project and the brilliant, student-inspired features of our new space at 1276 N Milwaukee Ave. (See also: our recent Spy of the Month!) Gensler is a global design firm (with 44 offices and 3,500 employees worldwide) committed to creating positive, enduring change through social responsibility and civic engagement in the communities where we live and work.

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Helios Design Build // Demeter Millwork

Thanks to support from Helios Design Build and Demeter Millwork, 826CHI was able to install our much-anticipated morse code bookshelves, work surfaces, and publications center in our new home. Helios Design Build was founded in 2008 as an integrated Construction Management, Development and Consulting firm— coupling a broad range of experience and education to offer creative and diverse perspectives to real estate and construction challenges. Founded in 2010, Demeter Millwork provides custom, quality, and unique millwork with a focus on sustainable design and construction.

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Forum Studio

Forum Studio, provider of Estimating and Project Management Services for 826CHI’s capital building project, is a next-generation design practice that harnesses the power of innovation and collaboration to solve complex challenges. They serve a diverse range of national and international clients, leveraging their expertise in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and engineering. 

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Dyson

Thanks to Dyson’s generous contribution, 826CHI is now equipped with brand new, state-of-the-art Airblade hand driers. Founded in 1993, Dyson's efficiently engineered, high performance machines are now exported to more than 65 countries. Additionally, the Dyson Foundation works toward improving people's lives through grant funding, promoting philanthropy, and strengthening the capacity of nonprofit organizations.

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David and Reva Logan Foundation

In 2014, The David and Reva Logan Foundation generously awarded 826CHI a $50,000 grant towards the build-out of our new space. Within the breadth of interests and important outcomes enabled by its founders, you’ll find the arts, investigative reporting, community organizing and programs to promote social justice. The Foundation also supports developmental education initiatives and outstanding scholarship in several fields.

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Gensler

Gensler is the all-powerful design team behind our Capital Building Project and the brilliant, student-inspired features of our new space at 1276 N Milwaukee Ave. (See also: our recent Spy of the Month!) Gensler is a global design firm (with 44 offices and 3,500 employees worldwide) committed to creating positive, enduring change through social responsibility and civic engagement in the communities where we live and work.

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Helios Design Build // Demeter Millwork

Thanks to support from Helios Design Build and Demeter Millwork, 826CHI was able to install our much-anticipated morse code bookshelves, work surfaces, and publications center in our new home. Helios Design Build was founded in 2008 as an integrated Construction Management, Development and Consulting firm— coupling a broad range of experience and education to offer creative and diverse perspectives to real estate and construction challenges. Founded in 2010, Demeter Millwork provides custom, quality, and unique millwork with a focus on sustainable design and construction.

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Forum Studio

Forum Studio, provider of Estimating and Project Management Services for 826CHI’s capital building project, is a next-generation design practice that harnesses the power of innovation and collaboration to solve complex challenges. They serve a diverse range of national and international clients, leveraging their expertise in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and engineering. 

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Dyson

Thanks to Dyson’s generous contribution, 826CHI is now equipped with brand new, state-of-the-art Airblade hand driers. Founded in 1993, Dyson's efficiently engineered, high performance machines are now exported to more than 65 countries. Additionally, the Dyson Foundation works toward improving people's lives through grant funding, promoting philanthropy, and strengthening the capacity of nonprofit organizations.

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