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826CHI’s Educator Workshop at Printers Row

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May 18th—

826CHI Presents: Behind the Book: Around That Age, I Liked to Play with Fire

Join 826CHI for a one-hour workshop offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an anthology of personal narratives with 10th grade high school students from Curie Metropolitan High School. This year-long project challenged young writers to identify a moment of change and transformation, and culminated in an anthology of 111 personal stories that were revised and edited with a team of volunteers. In this workshop, we’ll start with a personal narrative writing exercise, talk about the writing process in this project, read passages from the book, and explore the big-picture challenges and joys of writing personal narratives with young people. This is recommended for educators and anyone interested in the teaching of writing and book publishing.

When: Saturday, June 6th, 2:15-3:15pm
Where: Jones College Prep, in room 5038

Free and open to the public!

Chapbook Release Party & Field Day

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May 13th—

We are thrilled to announce the release of our After-School Tutoring & Writing students' spring 2015 chapbook, Everything You Ever Imagined Was There.

This book is full of stories exploring the possibilities of alternate pasts and potential futures. Students have written letters to their older selves, imagined a dystopian society invaded by deadly-cute kittens, and explored the ramifications of having George Washington's ghost haunt your house. Dinosaurs, time machines, and zany inventions abound as these young authors explore their place (and time) in the world.

Please help us pack the room in support of these writers as they share their work for the very first time. A community potluck and classic lawn/outdoor games will follow, in Dean Park (in the cul-de-sac across Paulina from Jewel, behind "Old 826").

When: Thursday, May 28th, 5:00-6:30pm
Where: 826CHI, 1276 N Milwaukee Ave

RSVP here >> 

Prom Success! // Huge Thanks

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May 11th—

My So-Called Prom was all that and a bag of chips! We raised nearly $9,000 in support of 826CHI's programming for Chicago youth. In addition to all of those whose hard work made the evening possible, an especially humongous thanks to the DANK Haus for hosting our event, The Fabulous Ladies of Fitness for bringing the tunes and an epic dance party, Nikos Banquets for providing sustenance, Justin Goh for his photo booth photography (view 'em here!), Studio Instrument Rentals Chicago​ for an amped up sound system, Billy Sunday for delicious whiskey cocktails, and Lagunitas and 3Floyds for beer and more beer.

...and a humongous thank you to each of the following individuals and local businesses who generously donated to our raffle and silent auction:

Jeni Crone
Second City
Kuma's Corner
Lincoln Square Lanes
Pitchfork Music Festival
Field Museum
Lauren Zens
Barbara & Barbara
Native Foods
Kapil and Kendra Curry-Khanna
Lou Malnati's
Antique Taco
Land & Sea
Reckless Records
Emporium Arcade Bar
MAP Room
CorePower Yoga
Laugh Factory
Chicago White Sox
Benefit Brow Bar
Mindy's Hot Chocolate
Shop 1021
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co
Finch's Beer
Transit Tees
Una Mae's
Uncharted Books
Music Box Theatre
Bang Bang Pie
Twisted Scissors
Lincoln Karaoke
Essential Acupuncture Chicago

Comedy Aftershows, Lagunitas to benefit 826CHI

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May 11th—

Get your fill of laughs at The Onion​ and The A.V. Club​'s 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival, then mosey over to the FREE aftershows at Virgin Hotels Chicago​—proceeds from Lagunitas beer​ sales at the aftershows will benefit 826CHI!

View comedy aftershow lineup HERE, and read more here >>

A Chapbook-Sized Thank-You to Peet’s Coffee & Tea

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April 30th—

"This book is a work of fiction....any resemblance to actual events or local persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental—except in the event of resemblance to one Alfred Peet, wherein our adulation could not be contained by fiction."

Our tutoring students wrote thank-you stories for Peet's Coffee & Tea, who have graciously provided us with financial support—as well as caffeination in copious amounts—over the past school year. Titles include Coffee Can't Make You Insane and Razzle-Dazzled Frappuccino Caramel Oreo Flying Coffee.

Get your copy of this one-of-a-kind chapbook, entitled It Tastes Like Unicorn Horns in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. today!

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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 drop-in tutoring, after-school 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 his or her 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