News & Events

We’re Hiring ... x2!

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August 25th—

826CHI is hiring for TWO positions this fall. Candidates for both positions should be highly detail-oriented, passionate, analytical, able to thrive working both independently and with a team, and have excellent senses of humor.

Director of Development
Responsible for spearheading significant growth with individual donors, corporate sponsorships, events, and special fundraising campaigns. In partnership with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, build a strategy for long-term financial sustainability. Apply here >>

Development Associate (through AmeriCorps VISTA)
Yearlong position— Support the Development team with grant research and proposal writing, as well as donor and data management. Work closely with the Programming team to refine a system for tracking and archiving student/family/teacher data, analyze evaluation data to support our expansion of creative writing access to youth across Chicago. Apply here >> 

VEST Fest // A Back-to-School Bash

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August 24th—

Are you an 826CHI volunteer? Have you thought about volunteering with us...someday....maybe? Are you an avid wearer of vests?

VEST (our Volunteer Engagement Support Team) wants to see YOU at our back-to-school bash Thursday, September 10th.

Don your favorite (read: bedazzled, tasseled, ugliest) vest and bring a friend (or six)! This evening is dedicated to all things volunteers—welcoming veteran volunteers back, encouraging new folks to join the family, drinking drinks, playing games, and having generally great times with great people.

The wearing of vests is absolutely not required, but certainly encouraged. Let's kick off the school year in STYLE. RSVP here, or by emailing

826CHI's Volunteer Engagement and Support Team (VEST) is a collection of active volunteers who are committed to enhancing the 826CHI volunteer experience through fostering engagement and supporting involvement through all aspects of the 826 organization.

Student Interviews on McSweeneys

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August 20th—

Many thanks to McSweeney's for publishing our Teen Press Corps' interview with Parquet Courts at Pitchfork Music Festival. They talked painting elephants, songwriting, and North Dakotans. You can read it HERE >>

We've got a few more of these coming down the pipeline— stay tuned for more!

826 Day!

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August 20th—

We’re celebrating our favorite holiday—826 Day—next Wednesday (8/26) and are encouraging our supporters to write haikus about their 826 experiences!

THE CATCH: Not just any haiku— an “8-ku-6”. That is, a poem in which the first line is eight syllables, second line two, and the final line six:

when a student is reluctant
then writes
a complete masterpiece

Write about anything 826-related— your favorite 826 memory, student interaction, piece of writing, [REDACTED], whatever! When you’ve crafted your 8-ku-6, please post it on Facebook and tag 826CHI, tweet it at us (@826CHI), or tag us in your Instagram post! (@826CHI). Don’t forget to includeo our two hashtags: #8ku6 and #826on826.

See you on the Internet, friends!

We’re Hiring!

August 17th—

826CHI is hiring a Director of Development! We're seeking an experienced, dynamic, and highly-organized individual to join our growing team.

As the leader of 826CHI’s fundraising program, the Director of Development is responsible for spearheading significant growth with individual donors, corporate sponsorships, events, and special campaigns to support the mission of 826CHI. The Director of Development works in partnership with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to build strategy for long-term financial sustainability.

Interested? Apply here today. Know someone? Spread the word!

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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 Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.—run by the neighborhood's only spy supplyists—which outfits its spy-entele with the latest and greatest in espionagical wares. All funds raised through sales in the store go to support 826CHI's free programming. 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, or shop online