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TOMORROW: Record Store Day

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April 17th—

Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18th) is just around the corner and our next-door neighbors, Shuga Records, are fully-stocked with vinyl delights. Lucky for you, the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. is offering a bounty of books to round out your day of music nerdery— How Music Works by David Byrne, Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon, and Confidence, Or the Appearance of Confidence: The Best of the Believer Music Interviews. Stop in and say hi!

We’ll be open 8am - 6pm.

826CHI on Live Television

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April 14th—

826CHI made its live television debut on Fox 32's Good Day Chicago! Two of our four segments are online—CLICK HERE to poke around the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., hear about our plans for the summer. Bonus points if you manage to spy Tyler, the store's head agent, creeping in the background of a few shots.

These clips will disappear from Fox's web site after two weeks, so be sure to watch and share today!

Prologue: Cocktails for a Cause

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April 9th—

826CHI’s Associate Board invites you to Prologue: a signature evening of hors d'oeuvres, open bar, and a raffle of luxe prize packages in support of the educational programming of 826CHI, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for youth in Chicago. Revel in stunning city views overlooking Michigan Avenue at this event of literary proportions, while helping write the future for Chicago's youth.

CLICK HERE to purchase a ticket now

When: Friday, June 5, 7-10 PM
Where: The Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S Michigan Ave, Floor 22
Tickets: $85 regular, $125 VIP
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Summer Programming

April 8th—

Registration for our three summer camps and four summer Workshops begins Friday, April 13th, online. Priority enrollment is reserved for low-income students and/or English Language Learners, though we certainly welcome students of all backgrounds to apply for spots. Parents can expect to receive registration confirmation within two weeks of registration. 

My So-Called Prom: Tickets On Sale!

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April 2nd—

826CHI's annual costumed dance party/fundraiser is upon us again: PROM. This year, we've prepared a buffet of 90's pop culture with the theme My So-Called Prom. Page all your friends and come dressed in your finest JNCOs and array of butterfly clips for an incredible evening of free beer/wine/spirits, a raffle and silent auction, photo booth, dancing, and more...all to benefit the programs of 826CHI. Party on!

>> CLICK HERE to purchase a ticket now <<

When: Saturday, May 9th, 8-11:30pm
Where: DANK Haus, 4740 N Western Ave
Tickets: $35 in advance, $45 at the door
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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