News & Events

Happy Mother’s Day from 826CHI!

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May 8th—

“Even though me and my mom have differences, we love each other like a bear loves honey.” — “Mom and Me” by Yureli F., Grade 5

This Mother's Day, we’re celebrating moms and mom-figures of all types! We love this sweet story about a mother/daughter relationship from one of our student-authors.

Check it Yureli's complete story in the Writing Gallery!

We’re Hiring!

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April 22nd—

826CHI is hiring a Communications Coordinator via AmeriCorps VISTA. This yearlong position begins in August 2016, and will end in August 2017. Application deadline is Sunday, May 15th. View the position description HERE and click the "We're Hiring!" title of this post for application details.

In-School Partners Wanted!

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April 27th—

Educators! Want to share the magic and wonder of creative writing with your students via the support of 826CHI educators and volunteers? We’re looking for in-school and community partners for programs taking place between September and December 2016. Due to high demand and limited capacity, we can only take on a few partnerships per semester, so apply today! 

CLICK HERE to access the proposal form. Deadline is Thursday, June 16th.

“This Could Go on for Centuries” Chapbook Release Party

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April 26th—

Our most recent chapbook release party for This Could Go on for Centuries was a great success! The evening of Thursday, April 14th, friends, family, and volunteers filled each and every chair as more than a dozen students volunteered to read their work aloud. A few students were shy to share, and we loved watching more "seasoned" authors encourage the others to share their work with our eager audience.

This Could Go on for Centuries is available for purchase in our Secret Agent Supply—for just $5! 

Young Authors Book Project Update

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April 26th—

826CHI would like to thank Brentano Math & Science Academy’s Mark Harlan for his inexhaustible support of this year’s Young Author’s Book Project.

Whether encouraging his students to keep working on their stories at home, outside of our weekly writing sessions or facilitating student editorial board meetings, Mr. Harlan was instrumental in making the content of “The Monster Gasped, OMG!” as amazing as it is.

Brentano’s students are #blessed to have such a supportive and fearless teacher leading them into new worlds with writing, showing that it doesn’t have to be so scary after all.

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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.—run by the neighborhood's only spy supplyists—which outfits its spy-entele with the latest and greatest in espionagical wares. All funds raised through sales in the store go to support 826CHI's free programming. Visit us in Wicker Park and pick up a fresh grappling hook, carrier pigeon, envelope X-ray spray, hollowed-out can of shaving cream, or weather-resistant notebook, or shop online