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Thanks to all who joined us at Eat Your Words!

Thanks to all who joined us at Eat Your Words!

October 11th—

Last night’s third-annual Eat Your Words was full of the warmth and generosity of more than 200 guests. We ate some of the most praised cuisine and best-loved drinks our city has to offer and raised funds to support our tuition-free creative writing and publishing opportunities for youth across the city of Chicago.

On behalf of our staff, board, volunteers, partner teachers, and the 2,500+ student-authors we work with each year, we want to thank everyone who helped make this event a success including our elegant emcee, Ji Suk Yi, musical guests, the Chicago Children’s Choir, our auctioneer extraordinaire, Peter Sagal, our eloquent and inspiring guest speakers, Dave Eggers, Rick Bayless, and Esperanza; and the chefs and mixologists who proudly represented the following restaurants: The Promontory, mfk., Dos Urban Cantina, Citymouse, GTPrime, Swift & Sons, Fat Rice, Kimski, Oriole, Punch House, Broken Shaker, and Scofflaw.

Their kindness directly feeds the creativity of our growing young writers. We are unendingly grateful for the support from our community and truly humbled to continue our work in supporting the creative possibilities of thousands of young Chicagoans.

We the W(h)ee

We the W(h)ee

September 20th—


On Friday, October 13th at 6:30pm, the Secret Agent Supply Co. will be hosting a free performance of We the W(h)ee, an hour-long toy theater performance recommended for ages 8+! Written and performed by local Chicago theatermakers and sisters, Sam Beach (The Snare) and Johanna Beach, this play takes us to Wheedelphia, where half of the citizens work all day and the other half watches and records those workers. Join us for this modern fable about how we spend and record our time.
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Literacy Panel

Literacy Panel

September 13th—

In conjunction with Wicker Park Lit Fest, the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. will be hosting a panel discussion on the intersection of education and social justice! We'll be discussing the best practices for teaching literacy--reading, critical, and cultural--in the classroom. 

Join us on Saturday, September 16th at 3pm at 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave. for a rousing discussion and Q&A moderated by Maria Villarreal, 826CHI's Director of Programs. 

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After-School Tutoring & Writing has begun again!

After-School Tutoring & Writing has begun again!

September 11th—

After a long summer, it just feels right to have students and volunteers back together in our writing lab.
...And we’re still looking for volunteers to work with these brilliant young people! When surveyed, one volunteer told us: “I really think 826CHI fosters a welcoming, fun, and accessible atmosphere for volunteers (and students!)” 
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Eat Your Words Gala

Eat Your Words Gala

September 8th—

Mark your calendars and buy your tickets! Eat Your Words is coming up! Join us on Tuesday, October 10th for an evening of outstanding stories, marvelous food, and incomparable company to celebrate and support the students of 826CHI. Featuring local culinary innovators, music, and inspiring words from chef Rick Bayless, author Dave Eggers, and one special student writer, Eat Your Words is a spectacular annual fundraiser in support of our students in our tuition-free writing programs.

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Mission

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.

Mission

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!