News & Events

We’re hiring!

We’re hiring!

December 11th—

826CHI is looking for a Director of Development. Learn more about this position and how to apply here >>

Volunteer Training: Building and Maintaining Safe Spaces at 826CHI

January 10th—

Calling all volunteers! Join us on January 24th, 6:30-8pm, for our first-ever Volunteer Training! This specialized session will help 826CHI volunteers hone their skills in working with young people. At this Training, participants will:

  • Gain a practical grasp of 826CHI's expectations for working with children and youth. 
  • Explore their responsibility in building and maintaining safe spaces at 826CHI 
  • Given tools to ease into the practice of building these spaces. 
  • Begin to explore and establish a culture of learning. 

For mor info and to RSVP, email [email protected].

Scrabble for Cheaters 2018

January 9th—

To support our free literary and tutoring programs for underserved Chicago children, every year, 826CHI hosts Scrabble for Cheaters — a tournament with a dishonest twist for an honest cause.

Scrabble for Cheaters is all about thinking creatively and unleashing new possibilities. This fundraiser will help provide a platform for thousands of young Chicagoans to do the same, so they can write their own paths forward, undefined by circumstance.

Teams of two are currently raising funds to buy cheats during this epic Scrabble throwdown. From adding a Q to any word to playing a word in any non-English language, these cheats won't just help players get ahead, they'll also support our students! This year, help us publish two beautifully bound volumes of work from our After-School Tutoring & Writing students, provide healthy snacks for fifty students, and keep our space clean and creative to inspire learning with fresh writing materials, technology, and library books for diverse readers.

Food and drinks will be provided. For info on how to participate, email [email protected].

Chapbook Release party & Potluck: The Moon Wrote A Song

Chapbook Release party & Potluck: The Moon Wrote A Song

November 23rd—

Join us on Thursday, December 14th when our space will be filled with proud young authors, smiling friends & families, delicious homemade meals, and beautiful illustrations featured in After-School Tutoring & Writing’s upcoming chapbook, The Moon Wrote A Song! Celebrate the release of this heartwarming and creative publication at a potluck party with us and bring a dish to share. More info >> 

Welcome to 826 Digital

Welcome to 826 Digital

November 1st—

826 National proudly introduces 826 Digital: Inventive Resources to Ignite a Love of Writing

“826’s writing programs have always been free, so we felt it was essential that 826 Digital was in keeping with that tradition. Our aim is that this platform will reach at least 1,000 educators in its first year, not only expanding the impact of our existing chapters in places like Detroit and Los Angeles, but also engaging educators in rural communities where there may never be an 826 chapter,” said Laura Brief, 826 National’s new CEO.

Find 826 Network favorites—rewriting a zombie apocalypse, writing a cheesy pop song, teaching a pirate to make PB&J—and much, much more at

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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!