May 2, 2022

826CHI Presents STORYFEST!

STORYFEST, an outdoor block party-style event, will take place from 12-4 pm on June 4 at La Follette Park, Chicago. The event will celebrate the published stories, poems, and essays of more than 1,000 students from Chicago Public Schools across the city who have participated in 826CHI programming over the past academic year.

This free, family-friendly festival will feature student readings and performances of their published works, as well as educators sharing their experience of bringing creativity into the classroom. There will be music from DJ A’Jua Pryor, games, and an array of age-inclusive events, including storytelling workshops, book making and book giveaways.

“We are so excited to be presenting this festival for the very first time! Student publishing is central to our mission at 826CHI, building confidence and identities as creators and writers amongst our students. For each student to leave our programs a published author and then witness their joy and pride in seeing their words in print is truly incredible. We can’t wait to celebrate our young authors by having them share their latest publications with their families and friends at StoryFest.” - Jennifer Steele, 826CHI Executive Director

Each year we serve more than 2,500 students and 100 teachers with our in-school and off-campus programs, and publish 40 books of student work. Among the books published this year which will be featured during STORYFEST are our Young Author's Book Project publication, "Tomorrow's Titans", our After-School Writing Lab Publication, "It Went to the Moon/ Fue a la Luna", and Teen Writers Studio's publication "Archives of My Memory".

RSVP for FREE here

We can't wait to see you there!