News & Events

Want to be our Volunteer Manager?

June 13th—

826CHI is hiring a full-time Volunteer Manager to build up the community that supports Chicago's young writers. Want to oversee all aspects of volunteer engagement at 826CHI, from recruitment and training a diverse volunteer and intern corps to building community-based relationships? Applications close Monday, July 31st. View the position description HERE, and help us spread the word!

We’re Seeking a Teaching Artist!

June 21st—

826CHI is hiring its first-ever Teaching Artist! We're looking for an experienced art educator to co-lead our annual summer writing workshop, The Word Lab, a visual arts-based writing program for 1st through 5th graders. The successful applicant is an art educator with experience engaging elementary-aged English language learners in a community-based setting.

Applications close Friday, June 30th. View the position HERE, and tell your favorite art educator!

Authors of “P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust” Covered by The Atlantic’s CityLab

Authors of “P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust” Covered by The Atlantic’s CityLab

June 21st—

“For an intimate perspective [on segregation], you may want to chat with some of the city’s kids...Over the course of 149 letters, these kids pushed past geographical and demographic differences to find similar ground.”

BREAKING NEWS: Our cross-city letter writers from P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust are featured in CityLab from The Atlantic. Read on >>

P.S. You can now get your own copy of the book at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply >>

826CHI’s Teen Letter-Writers Make Their Television Debut

June 20th—

Did you catch our students on Fox 32 Chicago’s morning news this week? Watch three letter-writers from our new book P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust AND our Executive Director Kendra Curry-Khanna in this clip, and purchase your very own copy of the book at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

Get Your Tickets for 826Fork today!

June 17th—

11 local bands.  11 stories written by 826CHI writers aged 6-18. 1 night of acoustic bangers. 

Join us at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply on Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 PM for the inaugural 826FORK! For the first time ever, you'll hear student writing brought to life in 11 different musical genres! The event will be free with a suggested donation of $5, all of which will support 826CHI's writing programming. 

To RSVP, click HERE >>

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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!