News & Events

Chicago Calling to benefit 826CHI

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December 4th—

Behold: Chicago Calling XI, with proceeds benefitting 826CHI! Many thanks to local Clash cover band London Calling, who have donated the profits from this show for 11 years running.

Schubas // December 19 // $10 // Tickets >>

826CHI & Cole Haan

December 4th—

We are honored to partner with Cole Haan this holiday season!

From now through December 27, all Chicagoland stores will contribute a portion of their sales to 826CHI. Pick up some beautiful threads for you and yours...all while supporting our writing programs! Store locator >>

Wilco // 826CHI

December 2nd—

Wilco is celebrating their 20th anniversary in the spirit of holiday giving—TODAY ONLY, 20% of their store's profits will benefit 826CHI!

Shop posters, shirts, records, and more >>

826CHI Forward Update

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December 1st—

So much has been happening at 826CHI! We've added three building plan updates to our Capital Fund's web site. Keywords: Dyson Air Blades, Helios Design/Build and Demeter Millwork morse code bookshelves, Gensler painting party. There are tons of photos at >> "The Fund's Progress"

Help Write Our Future

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November 26th—

In 2015, 826CHI celebrates 10 years of inspiring students to write. Your contribution supports the decade to come.

Please read more and consider a gift at this #GivingTuesday.

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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 Boring Store, Chicago’s premiere secret agent supply store. The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. (coming fall 2014!) outfits its spy-entele with the latest and greatest in espionagical wares. 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. All funds raised through the store go to support 826CHI’s free programming.