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Open House With Dave Eggers

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December 18th—

Join 826CHI staff, board, and co-founder Dave Eggers in our new home, as we celebrate our 10th year. Enjoy refreshments, tours of our space, live music, and collaborative writing exercises for the whole family.

Friday, January 16 // 5-7pm // at 826CHI

Scrabble for Cheaters

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December 18th—

826CHI Presents: The Scrabble tournament with a dishonest twist--for an honest cause.

On Saturday, January 31, teams of two will compete (in costume, with adult beverages in-hand) in an epic, day-long Scrabble tournament, wherein the alluring use of officially-sanctioned cheats is mixed with traditional brain power. Register your team today!

On Friday, January 9, we're hosting  "Scrappy Habble Hour;" an information session and Scrabble practice night boasting drinks, snacks, and nerdy word games. All registered teams are invited, as well as those who may be curious, but not yet committed. RSVP to today!

Shop Local This Holiday Season

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December 18th—

The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. is extending its hours this weekend; we'll be open 11a-8p on Saturday 12/20 and noon-7p on Sunday 12/21. We will also be offering FREE gift disguising (wrapping) both days. The store will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Friday 12/26, and New Years Day.

Snag books for long stakeouts, re-vamp your wardrobe with new 826 gear, and stock up on assorted cryptic gifts for your loved ones--all while supporting 826CHI. You can shop online, too!

Fall Programming Wrap-Up

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December 17th—

Our fantastic team of volunteers have made possible another lively, productive semester of programming at 826CHI. THANK YOU to everyone who donated their time and expertise to our students--we hope to see you again in January!

Winter/spring Workshop offerings will be announced online mid-January. After-School Tutoring & Writing resumes Monday, January 5.

“The Land of Amazing Things”

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December 16th—

Last Thursday, we celebrated the release of our After-School Tutoring & Writing students' first chapbook of the school year, The Land of Amazing Things. This publication is filled with detailed depictions of countries invented by our students, and local artists' illustrated depictions of their lands.

Thanks to tutor Chelsea Fiddyment for penning the foreword, intern superstar Kyrstin Rodriguez for illustrating the cover, and to all who gathered in our writing lab to support our brilliant student-authors. Get your copy in The Wicker Park Secret Agetn Supply Co today!

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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 drop-in tutoring, after-school 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 his or her individual voice.


826CHI shares its space with the Boring Store, Chicago’s premiere secret agent supply store. The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. (coming fall 2014!) outfits its spy-entele with the latest and greatest in espionagical wares. 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. All funds raised through the store go to support 826CHI’s free programming.