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Celebrate and Translate with us at Parranda Palabrita

January 19th—

It's almost time for the annual, bilingual chapbook! Our translation party, Parranda Palabrita, will be held on Thursday, February 16th from 6:15 - 7:30pm at 826CHI. Eat pizza, practique tu español, and join forces to find the best translations for such idiosyncratic gems as, "the mucky muck." If you plan on attending Parranda Palabrita, please RSVP to Interested in translating but can't come to the party? You can translate remotely! Email for more details.

Who Wants Love? - Pop Up Print Show for 826CHI

January 17th—

Find the perfect gift for a lovely human in your life *and* support a literary arts nonprofit at the second-annual Who Wants Love? Pop Up Print Show, sponsored by Tiny Bold CreativeGhost Press, and French Paper Company, and Half Acre Beer Company. All proceeds benefit 826CHI, a creative writing, tutoring, and publishing center that offers tuition-free programs to more than 2,500 CPS youth each year.

Fifteen Chicago designers and illustrators (info below) will be showing and selling screen printed posters (from 8x10" all the way to 18x24"), all inspired by 826CHI's students' stories about love. These musings on love run the gamut, from a third grader's outrageously goofy "Marriage Rules" to a high school junior's beautifully poingant reflection on partnership — we're thrilled to see how these talented artists will further elevate our students' thoughts and insights.

We'll be offering complimentary Half Acre Beer Company brews & Green Sheep Water for all in attendence, plus the satisfaction of knowing that your poster purchase(s) directly support Chicago's creative youth. All posters are $20, with additional 826CHI goods available for purchase, as well. 

Admission is $5 at the door, cash only. Please help spread the word — all are welcome!

To see photos from last year's event click here>>
For more information, see our Eventbrite page>>

Scrabble for Cheaters 2017

January 16th—

Join 826CHI for our annual Scrabble for Cheaters event! 

Scrabble for Cheaters is a Scrabble tournament with a dishonest twist for an honest cause. Here’s how it works: 

Teams of two players each will pledge to raise funds to support 826CHI's creative writing programs. The money raised by each team can be used to purchase "cheats," which can be used to obliterate your Scrabble opponents.

On Saturday, March 4th, after weeks of peer-to-peer fundraising, teams will go head-to-head in a Scrabble tournament, using their hard-earned arsenal of cheats to win a series of 45-minute games. Champions take home a special prize, a gloriously gaudy trophy, and everlasting praise and admiration.

This year, we aim to raise over $20,000. Every donation helps ensure that each of our 2,500+ students can attend our literary arts programs 100% free-of-charge.

Can we count on your trickery?
Sign up to play or donate HERE>>

Chicago Writers Resist

January 13th—

Join allies and authors from around the city for a day of readings and community events in support of democracy, healing, equality, and activism. Chicago Writers Resist kicks off at noon this Sunday at Open Books. FREE and open to the public!

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. Winter Hours

January 4th—

 The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. has reopened for 2017 to meet your covert, creative, and literary needs!

Secret Agent Supply winter hours:
Monday-Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: noon-5pm

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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!