May 2, 2022

826CHI Presents STORYFEST!

We are thrilled to invite one and all to our upcoming community festival STORYFEST, to celebrate the release of our newest student publications, June 4th, 12-4pm at Lafollette Park!

December 21, 2021

Cheaters Unite! Trivia for Cheaters 2022 is Coming!

Trivia for Cheaters, hosted by Peter Sagal of Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, a trivia competition that invites you to cheat creatively in the name of supporting 826CHI's mission, returns February 2022.

April 28, 2021

Adam Toledo and Jaslyn Adams

Our hearts have been breaking over the killing of Adam Toledo and Jaslyn Adams. Nuestros corazones están destrozados por el asesinato de Adam Toledo y Jaslyn Adams.

April 21, 2021

Teen Writers Studio Heads To ChiTeen Lit Fest

826CHI is excited to enjoy the reading of Teen Writers Studio's Rising Shadows at this year's ChiTeen Lit Fest.

April 1, 2021

826CHI Students Respond to "The Hill We Climb"

Our students were asked to free-write on what feelings emerged for them when hearing Amanda Gorman's poem, "The Hill We Climb".

April 1, 2021

Stop Asian Hate: Resources for Advocacy & Education

In the wake of increased violence against Asian American Pacific Islander communities, 826CHI has curated this list of resources to help you advocate for those in danger or who experience oppression.

February 10, 2021

Reflecting On Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman, youngest Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the United States and 826 National Board Member, is a part of collective and ongoing work to amplify what it means to be a writer, author...

February 4, 2021

Chaos Still Comes Naturally: Catching Up With Mariela Valdivia

Since Chaos Comes Naturally was published Mariela Valdivia, author of “Keep Growing” in the anthology, continues to feed her creativity through journal writing and by documenting her emotional journey

November 30, 2020

Where Are They Now: Catching Up With Authors of "I Will Hold You Like a Bible"

We had the pleasure of catching up with Angeliki Vassilatos, Kara Kowalski, and Kyla Pollard, a few student authors of 826CHI’s fan favorite, I Will Hold You Like a Bible.

November 17, 2020

Attention, In-School Educators: Field Trip Program Enrollment Is Open!

826CHI wants to support your virtual classroom efforts with free creative writing and storytelling programming.

November 17, 2020

Calling All Community-Based Organizations: 826CHI Program Enrollment Is Open!

We want to help you introduce your students to the transformative power of storytelling, writing, and publishing!

November 16, 2020

Let's Debrief: Resources for Post-Election Self-Care & Advocacy

826CHI has curated a list of resources to help you decompress and find spaces to heal and grow as you make time for self-care and to advocate for change.

October 27, 2020

2020 Election Resources

With election day approaching, 826CHI wants to do its part in ensuring you have access to resources that will not only simplify voting but help you understand how to make your voice heard.

September 10, 2020

2020-2021 Program Enrollment Is Open!

Stories are everywhere and writing can happen anywhere.

August 25, 2020

Important Info About the 2020-2021 School Year & 826 Day Celebration

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. // Esperamos que al recibir este mensaje todos se encuentren sanos y salvos junto a sus seres queridos.

August 17, 2020

826CHI Hiring Two Program Team Members

826CHI is hiring for two Program team positions. Join our passionate, caring team as we work to amplify more of Chicago's youth voices in the coming school year. Application instructions included.

August 5, 2020

Summer 2020 Intern Interviews

Meet our interns and read more about their remote projects!

July 31, 2020

826CHI's Birthday Celebration

Join 826CHI in celebrating our sweet 16th birthday on Zoom!

July 29, 2020

Teen Writer's Studio Publication Celebration

Mark your calendars and virtually celebrate with us on Friday, July 31st! 

July 10, 2020

An Interview with Ola Faleti, Our Development Manager

"I sense a lot of big change ahead for 826CHI, so someone who is excited to be part of an ever-changing place would be a great fit."

July 8, 2020

Apply for Director of Programs, Development Manager, Communications Manager, and Volunteer Manager

826CHI is hiring for three full-time staff positions. Join our passionate, caring team as we work to amplify more of Chicago's youth voices in the coming school year.

June 30, 2020

826CHI’s FY19 Annual Report

Reminisce on last program year and take a look at our FY19 annual report.

June 16, 2020

826CHI's Free Summer Writing Programs Are Back!

Never been able to make it to our space? You can join us now as all of our programs will be virtual. We'll be offering a variety of programs for young writers beginning in July 2020.

June 5, 2020

Black Lives Matter Resources

How can you support the Black Lives Matter movement and be an active ally during times of injustice?

June 3, 2020

Black Lives Matter

826CHI stands in solidarity with the black community in the fight for justice and equality.

May 18, 2020

826CHI's Secret Agent Spy Store REOPENS!

As we continue to navigate this new reality, we are excited to announce the reopening of 826CHI’s super-spy storefront the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. for home delivery and curbside pickup.

May 1, 2020

Digital E-learning Resources

Our favorite resources and services that will help parents and caretakers engage students in remote learning.

April 30, 2020

Get to Know Our New Executive Director, Jennifer Steele

We are happy to announce Jennifer Steele, former head of teen services for the Chicago Public Library, will assume the position as 826CHI’s Executive Director on May 4th.

April 28, 2020

826CHI Presents its 2020 Publishing Fest

As part of 826CHI’s 2020 Publications Fest, we are releasing three new e-book publications written by students who participate in our tuition-free writing programs.

April 28, 2020


826CHI is thrilled to announce that Jennifer Steele will join 826CHI as Executive Director on May 4th, 2020.

April 8, 2020

826CHI Goes Digital

We have always believed that all young people deserve the chance to tell their own stories, regardless of their circumstances.

March 24, 2020

Effective Calls to Elected Officials

Just because you’re at home, doesn’t mean you’re powerless! Demonstrate the power of your voice by calling, not emailing, your representatives.

March 19, 2020

COVID-19: Resources for Arts & Entertainment

If social distancing and self-quarantine are making you stir-crazy, here are writing and artmaking opportunities and ways you can enjoy art digitally.

March 19, 2020

COVID-19: Economic Resources for Freelancers & Hospitality Workers

826CHI has compiled a list of resources for freelancers, service industry workers, and anyone enduring a financial crisis during this time.

March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Resources for Caretakers

In an effort to support our many community members who are at home with young people, we’ve compiled favorite resources about talking about COVID-19 with youth, engaging students in remote learning,

March 12, 2020

826CHI Pausing Programs to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

In an effort to keep our community healthy and safe, 826CHI will be pausing programs and closing the Secret Agent Supply for the time being.

February 18, 2020

An Interview with Maria Villarreal, Our Director of Programs

"I have witnessed firsthand what it means to a young person to be heard and to be seen."

February 17, 2020

Make Your Voice Heard in the Illinois Primary

The Illinois primary is in one month! Here are some resources to help you make informed choices on March 17, 2020.

February 10, 2020

Trivia for Cheaters Raises $17,000

After a hard-fought trivia battle, the winning team is...

January 21, 2020

826CHI Executive Director, Kendra Curry-Khanna, Moving On From 826CHI

"It has been the honor of my career to serve as Executive Director at 826CHI. Each staff, board member, student, parent, volunteer, donor, and educator has taught me something new."

January 8, 2020

Trivia for Cheaters Returns!

Ever wanted to be on a game show with Peter Sagal?!

November 21, 2019

An Interview with David Pintor, Our Volunteer Manager

"826CHI is a sanctuary for those looking for a supportive, mission-based nonprofit community with the right amount or transparency, advocacy and kindness."

November 4, 2019

826CHI Distributes Student Publications to 700 Chicago Public Schools

“We know that Chicago students have the capacity to write with excellence and inspire other students to write,” said Kendra Curry-Khanna, Executive Director of 826CHI.

October 30, 2019

826CHI Supports Chicago Public School Teachers in Their Call for Equitable Education

We hope that CPS teachers and students will soon return to schools and classrooms that are resourced for success.

October 7, 2019

Our Most Successful Eat Your Words Yet

On Thursday's Eat Your Words, we raised a total of...*drumroll please*...

September 4, 2019

Chicago Food Magazine Features Eat Your Words

"At this year's Eat Your Words, [826CHI] will be trying something new: an Iron Chef-inspired cooking battle between two national culinary pros."

August 26, 2019

Welcome, 826 MSP!

"On behalf of all of us at 826CHI, we warmly welcome 826MSP to the 826 network! 826 is an invaluable space! A place where students can speak and truly be heard."

August 20, 2019

826CHI's Student Writing Delivery Service in the South Side Weekly

“One of our values is to share our students’ perspectives, opinions, experiences, and stories far and wide across the city,” Curry-Khanna said.

July 5, 2019

The Chicago Tribune Spotlights 826FORK

"But 826FORK offers something especially unique: an opportunity to showcase the best up-and-coming young voices, both on the page and on the mic."

July 1, 2019

826CHI Releases Music Journalism Collection: "Submerged in Euphoria"

826CHI is kicking off Summer 2019 with the release of our collection of music journalism: "Submerged in Euphoria".

June 25, 2019

An Interview with Mercury

Pride to me means accepting and acknowledging yourself and how you identify, and presenting it out into the world in your own way, not caring what people think if they choose to speak out against it.

June 16, 2019

An Interview with our Programs Coordinator, Molly Sprayregen

"It didn’t matter how I was feeling that morning or if I had gotten a lot of sleep the night before; the moment a class arrived, their smiles, energy, and enthusiasm brought me so much joy."

June 16, 2019

An Interview with our Operations Manager, Tyler Stoltenberg

"I’ve loved that there is no typical day on this job—I’ve gotten to do so many different things, oftentimes within the same day."

June 10, 2019

826CHI Presents its 2019 Publishing Fest

With the end of school year comes new 826CHI publications! Celebrate our students at our 2019 Publishing Fest, a week of literary release events across Chicago showcasing the work of young writers.

June 4, 2019

"How to Dream a City," our 2019 Young Authors Book Project, Debuts on 6/12

In "How to Dream a City," the young authors of George Washington High School tackle the question, "What would Chicago look like if young people were in charge?"

May 26, 2019

"This Is What It Feels Like to Exist" Released on June 8th

On June 8th, we'll be releasing "This Is What It Feels Like to Exist," a collection of poems and stories by the 826CHI Teen Writers Studio.

May 2, 2019

Registration for 826CHI's Summer 2019 Programs is Now Open!

826CHI's tuition-free writing programs are back for Summer 2019! We'll be offering a variety of programs for young writers beginning grades 1-12 in Fall 2019.

May 1, 2019

Read "This is Heaven, This is Chicago" and "We Have a Dream" Online

On our ChiTown Stand Up Field Trip Tumblr, we're proud to release two new publications by 7th grade students at Sawyer Elementary and 8th grade students at the Chicago Jesuit Academy.

April 18, 2019

Notre Dame Impact Partners Spearhead Communications Growth at 826CHI

Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business paired business-savvy alumni with 826CHI to conduct a five-month audit of 826CHI's communications.

April 3, 2019

826CHI Presents the Student Writing Delivery Service

Become a monthly donor, and have Chicago students' brilliance delivered to your door.

April 2, 2019

Prologue, Chicago's Premier Literary Cocktail Party, Returns for Its Sixth Year

Chicago literati unite! Join us for Prologue on Thursday, May 30th at the Goose Island Barrel House.

March 27, 2019

Introducing "The Five Senses of Home/Los cinco sentidos de hogar," a Bilingual Chapbook

On Thursday, April 11th, we'll be releasing a new collection of writing about home from the students of After-School Tutoring & Writing program.

February 28, 2019

826CHI Releases "We Are Worth More Than the Universe," Our Summer Workshop Anthology

Today, we are proud to release "We Are Worth More Than the Universe," a collection of poems, stories, and essays from our summer 2018 Middle School Writers Camp and High School Writers Camp.

February 26, 2019

Announcing Workshops with the Rebuild Foundation

In partnership with Rebuild, 826CHI is hosting "Writing Through The Unthinkable: Spaces of Change," a multi-generational writing workshop for ages 14+ at the Stony Island Arts Bank in April.

February 19, 2019

826CHI Publishes "Voices of Unity," an Online Publication

This fall, eighth grade students from Arthur Dixon Elementary wrote about the nostalgia, pride, and grief they find in Chicago. Read their memoirs and poems online in "Voices of Unity."

January 29, 2019

826CHI's Fiscal Year 2018 Report is Live!

In FY 2018, we served 3,495 students in 114 schools and 48 zip codes.

January 28, 2019

Cheat Your Way to Victory at Trivia for Cheaters, Hosted by Peter Sagal

Assemble your smartest, most devious acquaintances to contend for an obscenely gigantic trophy and bragging rights at Trivia for Cheaters on Friday, 2/15.

January 23, 2019

Join Us in Advocating for Arts Education in Illinois!

826CHI is calling on you to voice your support for a weighted arts indicator to the Illinois State Board of Education before the public comment period closes on February 6th.

January 16, 2019

826CHI Presents "She'Cago" by Izzy

In collaboration with local animation studio Demo Duck, 826CHI is proud to present an animated short film adapted from "She'Cago" by Izzy, a 10th grade student.

January 15, 2019

826CHI Collaborates with the Museum of Contemporary Photography

826CHI is proudly participating in the Teen Summit at the MoCP on Friday, February 8th. All teens are invited to participate in this free, multidisciplinary workshop on global migration.

December 10, 2018

826CHI Releases "The 826CHI Compendium, Volume VI"

On Thursday, January 10th from 6-8pm at the Chicago Teachers Union, we'll be releasing our latest compendium, which centers around the theme of discovery.

December 5, 2018

Holiday Goodies Abound at the Goods for Good Craft Fair!

Find goodies for all those on your good list on Saturday, December 8th from 12-5pm at the Goods for Good Craft Fair!

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!