News & Events

Staff Retreat

August 17th—

The 826CHI staff is returning from a beautiful two-day team building and planning retreat, thanks in large part to the generous folks who hosted and fed us! Lunch at Saint Lou's Assembly, digging into our values at Gensler, talking through communication styles and workplace norms in Forum Studio / Clayco's sunny offices, then decompressing with a boat ride thanks to the The Electric Boat Company.

We are a happy team, but ready for naps.

Register for Fall Workshops

August 4th—

Registration is now open for our fall Weekend Workshops season! We've put together a lineup of collaborative, engaging, and interdisciplinary creative writing-focused Workshops for students in grades 1-12. Priority enrollment is reserved for students from low-income families and/or English Language Learners, though we encourage students of all backgrounds to apply.

Visit our Workshops page for details and application details. Deadline is midnight on Sunday, August 21st, 2016.

We’re Hiring!

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August 2nd—

Looking for a part-time gig supporting 826CHI's work through our storefront, the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.?

826CHI is looking to hire a part-time Secret Agent Supply Clerk with sales experience and an enthusiasm for 826CHI’s mission. This position supports the Operations Manager with the day-to-day operations of the Secret Agent Supply including customer service, inventory management, and visual merchandising. This position also welcomes community members into our space and educates them about 826CHI’s programs and mission.

Deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 23rd. View the position description and application instructions HERE.

826CHI’s Commitment to Inclusion

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July 14th—

826 National's Stand // Commitment to Inclusion 

We work every day to elevate our students’ voices, but have recently found ourselves at a loss for words. No social media post can even begin to adequately address the deep-seated injustices that continue to surface in moments of extreme hate and violence.

Supporters and stakeholders, please know that 826CHI stands committed to acknowledging and addressing the way our work intersects with Chicago’s vast inequities, and we will continue to take action against the ongoing oppression of marginalized communities.  

Literary arts education promotes critical thinking, cultivates sociability, and encourages curiosity. 826CHI envisions using the literary arts to develop a new wave of civically minded young artists, who together will define a better future for our city, our country, and our world. Every day we connect our students to caring adults—volunteers who are eager to support young people as they search for answers and discover themselves. We want each and every one of our students to leave our space knowing that their story is important and that their voice is being heard.

We at 826 have the privilege of working with the next generation of leaders. It’s our job to make sure they are able to take their own stands and write their own paths forward.

Onward we go, together.

Fall Programming Ahoy!

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July 6th—

While summer is in full swing, we’re hard at work concocting our fall lineup of writing programs for students ages 6-18. Interested in volunteering or signing your students up for field trips, workshops, writing studios, or perhaps joining us as an intern? Read on!

Applications for our fall internship program are due Monday, August 1st at 5pm. Want to gain hands-on experience in the nonprofit world and make a meaningful impact on the lives of Chicago's young people? Apply here! >>

Registration for Fall Workshops opens Monday, August 1st and closes Sunday, August 21st. Workshops begin Saturday, September 24th and run through Saturday, November 12th.
Stay tuned for more details and a link to register your student. Email with questions.

Applications for our Teen Writers Studio (formerly known as Youth Advisory Board) are due by Monday, August 29th at 5pm. Register here >>

Registration for Fall Field Trips opens Monday, August 22nd and closes Friday, September 2nd. Space is limited, so sign your class up ASAP. Application coming soon!

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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!