November 20, 2018

826CHI Student, Esperanza, Introduces President Barack Obama at Obama Foundation Summit

On Monday, November 19th, long-time 826CHI student, Esperanza Rivera, joined President Barack Obama

October 29, 2018

826CHI's Eat Your Words 2018 Breaks Records

We are still glowing from Eat Your Words - what a night! Thank you to everyone who joined the 826CHI community at the Chicago Cultural Center!

October 25, 2018

826CHI Releases "A Flower Blooming in the Dark"

On November 24th, 2018, 826CHI will release our 2018 Young Authors Book Project, "A Flower Blooming in the Dark."

September 5, 2018

Eat Your Words at the Chicago Cultural Center

Join us for our annual culinary gala, Eat Your Words, on October 4th at the Chicago Cultural Center!

August 22, 2018

826 Day Celebration on the Ace Hotel Rooftop Prairie!

You're invited to celebrate our birthday on the scenic rooftop Prairie of the Ace Hotel Chicago!

July 1, 2018

826fork 2018

Our second annual unoffical Pitchfork Music Festival kickoff event features 10 local musicians performing their renditions of 10 pieces of students writing!

June 21, 2018

826CHI Statement on Family Separation

We call for the collective action of the 826CHI community to demand children who were separated are immediately reunited with their families.

June 15, 2018

"I Will Hold You Like a Bible" in the Chicago Reader!

Thank you to Katie Powers at the Chicago Reader for writing about our Teen Writers Studio's latest publication, I Will Hold You Like a Bible!

June 4, 2018

826CHI's 3LIT Education Series

826CHI has just launched the 3LIT Education Series, a series of workshops and discussions that supports educators in teaching standard, cultural, and critical literacy.

June 1, 2018

826CHI Teen Writers Studio Book Release: I Will Hold You Like a Bible

Join 826CHI students, staff, volunteers, friends, and family for the release of the annual Teen Writers Studio chapbook at the Poetry Foundation.

June 1, 2018

826CHI Book Release - A Flower Blooming in the Dark

Join 826CHI and the students of this year's Young Authors Book Project for a community celebration of our new book, "A Flower Blooming in the Dark" on Monday, June 11th at The Promontory from 6-8pm.

June 1, 2018

826CHI Book Release at PRLF - A Flower Blooming in the Dark

On Saturday, June 9th, from 4-5pm, join 826CHI and the students of this year's Young Authors Book Project for a community celebration of our new book, "A Flower Blooming in the Dark."

May 8, 2018

Prologue 2018

Chicago literati unite! Prologue returns to the American Writers Museum on Friday, June 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and a raffle of luxe prize packages.

May 7, 2018

CHICAGO ZINE FEST presents 9th annual celebration of independent publishers, debuts new youth area

On May 18-19, Chicago Zine Fest will present its 9th annual celebration of independent publishers in the Chicago area and across the nation.

May 1, 2018

826CHI Associate Board Open House

826CHI's Associate Board invites you to enjoy wine, cheese, and conversation at our Open House on Thursday, May 17.

March 22, 2018

Bilingual Chapbook Release Party!

Join us on Thursday, April 12th from 4:30-6:00 pm for the release party of But I Am Myself, And I Am Perfect For It // Pero yo soy yo misma, y soy perfecta por eso!

March 17, 2018

Growing Concerns Poetry Collective Workshop!

Join us for a Poetry Month writing workshop with the Growing Concerns Poetry Collective as part of 826CHI's FRESH INK community series!

February 14, 2018

826CHI & Big Shoulders Books in The Chicago Tribune!

Thank you to Rick Kogan for the representation of young Chicago writers, including 826CHI students, in The Chicago Tribune!

January 25, 2018

An Interview with Director of Development, Stien van der Ploeg

826CHI is currently seeking applicants for the position of Director of Development. Learn more about it from our current Director of Development, Stien van der Ploeg.

January 10, 2018

Volunteer Training: Building and Maintaining Safe Spaces at 826CHI

Calling all volunteers! Join us on January 24th, 6:30-8pm, for our first-ever Volunteer Training! This specialized session will help 826CHI volunteers hone their skills in working with young people.

January 9, 2018

Scrabble for Cheaters 2018

To support our free literary and tutoring programs for underserved Chicago children, every year, 826CHI hosts Scrabble for Cheaters — a tournament with a dishonest twist for an honest cause.

December 11, 2017

We're hiring!

826CHI is looking for a Director of Development.

November 23, 2017

Chapbook Release party & Potluck: The Moon Wrote A Song

Join us on Thursday, December 14th for the release of After-School Tutoring & Writing’s chapbook, The Moon Wrote A Song!

November 20, 2017

Secret Agent Supply's Goods for Good Craft Fair

Find gifts for all of those on your good list at the inaugural 826CHI Goods for Good Craft Fair, where your shopping supports 826CHI's free writing programs!

November 3, 2017

Check our our latest publication, And the Rest Is Noise!

You can now read our latest student publication, And the Rest Is Noise: Interviews & Reflections From The Students Of 826CHI’s 2017 Pitchfork Music Writing Intensive, in full online!

November 1, 2017

Welcome to 826 Digital

826 National proudly introduces 826 Digital: Inventive Resources to Ignite a Love of Writing

October 11, 2017

Thanks to all who joined us at Eat Your Words!

Last night’s third-annual Eat Your Words was full of the warmth and generosity of more than 200 guests!

August 28, 2017

Our birthday party was a hit!

An enormous thank you to all who joined us on Ace Hotel Chicago's rooftop for our birthday party—what a joyful way to kick off the school year!

August 15, 2017


826CHI stands in solidarity with those in Charlottesville who put themselves at risk to speak out against white supremacy.

July 26, 2017

826CHI student writing adapted into music!

Did you miss 826Fork, our night of musical adaptations of student writing?

July 21, 2017

New 826CHI Podcast Episodes Dropping NOW!

Radio 826CHI is back on the air! Check out three new episodes from our podcasting workshop students, now available on Soundcloud.

July 20, 2017

826CHI Writer Named to Chicago’s “Rising Star Honor Roll!”

“Won’t you celebrate with me/ For the life that has been/ Given as a gift?” - Esperanza R., 826CHI writer and City of Chicago “Rising Star”!

June 21, 2017

Authors of "P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust" Covered by The Atlantic's CityLab

“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... differences to find similar ground.”

June 20, 2017

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

Did you catch our students on Fox 32 Chicago’s morning news this week?

June 13, 2017

Prologue Success!

Last Friday's Prologue event will go down in the (literary) history books: you helped us raise an astounding $25,000 to support our students!