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Register for Scrabble For Cheaters Today

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February 12th—

We're two weeks away from our ‪‎Scrabble for Cheaters‬ fundraiser (Saturday, 2/27) and are still looking for 20 duos to participate in the treachery. Our fundraising minimum is only $250, and we have a toolkit full of best practices to get you there.

Playing with your words + libations from Two Brothers Brewing Company + burritos from Chipotle + rad prizes** + inspiring creativity in Chicago youth = the best Saturday of 2016

Register: and please help spread the word!

**a 6-night-stay in a private Playa del Carmen condo, 3-day passes to Pitchfork Music Festival, gift cards to Chicago Costume, dinner at Dusek's, gloriously gaudy trophies, etc.

AT&T Funds Young Authors Book Project

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February 10th—

We're hugely grateful for the support of AT&T, who have generously funded this year's Young Authors Book Project. We'll be documenting the bookmaking process from now 'til the release at Printers Row Lit Fest in June, so stay tuned!

For now: Jasmin Shah takes photos of Brentano Math and Science Academy's 5th grade authors to accompany their sci-fi/adventure stories in an anthology—title TBA.

#826makers #ATTimpact

“Who Wants Love” Success!

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February 9th—

‪Tiny Bold Creative's Who Wants Love? pop-up print show raised an astounding $2,800 to support our creative writing programs this past Monday. THANK YOU to Tiny Bold for rallying for this cause, to the 20 insanely talented artists who contributed original screenprints, to Workshop Chicago for hosting us, to French Paper Company for providing the perfect paper for the prints, and to Half Acre Beer Company, Green Sheep Water, Surf Sweets Organic Gummy Candy, and Little Goat Diner for keeping us sated and smiling.

Here's Quinn (now a freshman at Lindblom Academy in Englewood) next to Anna Mielniczuk's print, which Quinn awarded "Most Likely to Give to a Future Bae OR hang up in my locker."

These gorgeous prints are still for sale in our Secret Agent Supply Co.—get your loved ones the gift of art this Valentine's Day.

Photos coming soon!

Summer Programming (Already!)

February 1st—

Community groups and local partners interested in collaborating during summer 2016—please visit our Partnership Request Form and let us know what you have in mind! The deadline to submit a partnership request for programs beginning in June, July, or August 2016 is Friday, March 18th. We can't wait to hear from you!

DNAinfo Coverage: Monster Book Project

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January 27th—

"Young people are just the smartest and weirdest people I know,” [volunteer] Parsons-Twesten said. “They’re so creative at this age, and it’s the same time the world is starting to tell them it’s not OK to be weird. When [826CHI] comes in and tells them to be creative, you see them light up with a nonstop stream of awesome ideas.”

DNAinfo Chicago​ covered our Young Authors Book Project, which features the Monster stories of 5th grade students at Brentano Elementary. CLICK HERE to read the piece. Thanks for the coverage, friends!

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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.—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