News & Events

Greater Good Studios // 826CHI

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January 23rd—

We're thrilled to kick off an 826 network-wide partnership with Greater Good Studios! Designers from their Chicago office are even officially volunteering with our programs.

Just yesterday morning, Annie illustrated a Storytelling & Bookmaking Field Trip, immortalizing 4th graders' likenesses of a gargoyle prince, a witch-potato-cyclops, and a marshmallow kingdom—complete with a chocolate syrup waterfall.

Stay tuned for more about this exciting partnership.

Capital Fund Update

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January 21st—

Our 826CHI Forward web site got a facelift and we're gearing up for the project's next phase, FURNISH, which will outfit our space with state-of-the art technology to support our tuition-free programming for Chicago students.

Read all about it here, and email if you're interested in contributing.

826CHI and the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers

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January 20th—

The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW) will tear up the Logan Square Auditorium on Friday, February 13th, at 10pm...and has chosen 826CHI as its partner charity.

Chicago’s biggest and most belligerent lady arm wrestlers will elbow their way to the top, all for a good CLLAWse.

Get your tickets here, RSVP here, and help spread the word!

If you're interested in volunteering during the event on behalf of 826CHI (selling CLLAWBUX [raffle tickets]), email

Winter Workshop Registration

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January 19th—

Online registration for 826CHI's winter Workshops begins Thursday, January 22nd, at 11am. This round of Workshops begin on February 7th and continue through March 21st, on Saturdays only. Take a peek at and register for this season's offerings on our Workshop page!

An important note: Priority enrollment for Workshops will be reserved for students who live in the City of Chicago and are from low-income families and/or are English Language Learners. We ask that parents who enroll their children in the Workshops self-identify as low-income and/or have children who are ELL's.

Thank You!

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January 17th—

We're grateful for the goodwill and great company of all who were able to join us for last night's Open House, and for each member of the 826CHI family who contributes to the unstoppable spirit of 826—"whimsy, weirdness, openness, togetherness" (as 826 co-founder Dave Eggers so eloquently put it).

Photos from the evening are forthcoming!

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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