News & Events

826CHI’s Commitment to Inclusion

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July 14th—

826 National's Stand // Commitment to Inclusion 

We work every day to elevate our students’ voices, but have recently found ourselves at a loss for words. No social media post can even begin to adequately address the deep-seated injustices that continue to surface in moments of extreme hate and violence.

Supporters and stakeholders, please know that 826CHI stands committed to acknowledging and addressing the way our work intersects with Chicago’s vast inequities, and we will continue to take action against the ongoing oppression of marginalized communities.  

Literary arts education promotes critical thinking, cultivates sociability, and encourages curiosity. 826CHI envisions using the literary arts to develop a new wave of civically minded young artists, who together will define a better future for our city, our country, and our world. Every day we connect our students to caring adults—volunteers who are eager to support young people as they search for answers and discover themselves. We want each and every one of our students to leave our space knowing that their story is important and that their voice is being heard.

We at 826 have the privilege of working with the next generation of leaders. It’s our job to make sure they are able to take their own stands and write their own paths forward.

Onward we go, together.

Fall Programming Ahoy!

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July 6th—

While summer is in full swing, we’re hard at work concocting our fall lineup of writing programs for students ages 6-18. Interested in volunteering or signing your students up for field trips, workshops, writing studios, or perhaps joining us as an intern? Read on!

Applications for our fall internship program are due Monday, August 1st at 5pm. Want to gain hands-on experience in the nonprofit world and make a meaningful impact on the lives of Chicago's young people? Apply here! >>

Registration for Fall Workshops opens Monday, August 1st and closes Sunday, August 21st. Workshops begin Saturday, September 24th and run through Saturday, November 12th.
Stay tuned for more details and a link to register your student. Email with questions.

Applications for our Teen Writers Studio (formerly known as Youth Advisory Board) are due by Monday, August 29th at 5pm. Register here >>

Registration for Fall Field Trips opens Monday, August 22nd and closes Friday, September 2nd. Space is limited, so sign your class up ASAP. Application coming soon!

#ATTImpact + 826 = Publishing Success!

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June 30th—

We are ever-so-grateful to AT&T’s support for one of the highlights of our spring publishing lineup, “The Monster Gasped, OMG!”, one of three titles published by 826 National chapters this spring in collaboration with #ATTImpact. This collection of student-written monster stories, compiled into a beautifully designed and illustrated book would not have been possible without the support of AT&T. 826 National’s CEO Gerald Richards and AT&T Director of Social Innovation Anne Wintroub discuss the power of giving back on AT&T’s Connect To Good blog >> here

Did you see our 2014-2015 Annual Report?

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June 17th—

Looking for some summertime reading?

If you haven't had a chance to review the highlights from our 2014-2015 school year, feel free to peruse our Annual Report.

Thanks to volunteer Gage Salzano for designing such a beautiful publication!

Spring Publishing Round Up!

June 15th—

Our Publishing department has been working overtime this spring, producing a whopping SEVEN books of the most amazing, inspired, hilarious, and moving student writing.

Our spring 2016 releases include memoir field trip chapbooks, “Running Fast, Scared and Shaking,” “Fire in My Heart,” and “Laughing and Humming to Pass the Time,” in addition to our Youth Advisory collection “A Record in Space,” workshop collection “Not Minding How Gloomy it Looks Outside,” After-School Tutoring and Writing students' "This Could Go on for Centuries," and last (but definitely not least!) our Young Authors Book Project, “The Monster Gasped, ‘OMG!’” All of these beautiful books are available for purchase now at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. ANDDDDD all purchases benefit our FREE student programming so we can continue giving Chicago’s young authors publishing opportunities like these.

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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!