News & Events

826CHI is Hiring!

April 15th—

Are you a team player with a passion for education and youth development through writing and publishing? 826CHI is looking to hire for three positions through AmeriCorps VISTA:

Volunteer Coordinator: Description // Application

Student Impact & Data Coordinator: Description // Application

Communications Coordinator:  Description // Application

Positions run from August 2017 to August 2018. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 9th. View the position description and application instructions on the AmeriCorps website (linked above). Questions? Email

826CHI’s Writers to Release “P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust” at Fulton Market’s Ovation

May 23rd—

Join 826CHI and the students of this year's Young Authors Book Project for a community celebration of our new book, P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust. Within this compilation of letters between 8th graders at Emiliano Zapata Academy and 10th graders at Amundsen high school, 62 teens reflect on their identities, share their hopes and anxieties about the future, open up about loved ones’ deaths, and swap K-Pop and Netflix recommendations. 

Inside Fulton Market's beautiful Ovation event space, we'll celebrate the connections these writers have forged across our large and segregated city, meet the esteemed authors, share snacks and drinks, and enjoy music from After School Matters' youth DJ's. Free selfies!

This event is part of 826CHI’s Publishing Fest, a week of literary release events across Chicago celebrating the work of young writers ages 6-18! All events are free and open to the public. For more information about Publishing Fest, click here.

Publishing Fest: a week of book releases across Chicago

May 18th—

Join 826CHI’s writers for Publishing Fest, a week of literary release events across Chicago that celebrate the work of young writers ages 6-18! All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, June 5th, 6:30pm // Teen Writers Studio
 I Just Like the Way it Sounds - book release @ 826CHI

Wednesday, June 7th, 4:30pm // After-School Tutoring & Writing
 The Light You Need - book release @ 826CHI

Saturday, June 10th, 1:30pm // Young Authors Book Project
 P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust  - book release @ Printers Row Lit Fest

Monday, June 12th, 6pm // Young Authors Book Project
 P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust - book release @ Ovation

108 students, 4 events, 3 books, 1 week.

All events are free and open to the public. Help us spread the word!

On the Table 2017

May 17th—

Thank you to the Chicago Community Trust for helping us host an engaging conversation about racial equity with Morten Group for On the Table 2017. And thank you to the volunteers, parents, teachers, students, funders, advocates and board members who joined us. We’re looking forward to bringing last night’s ideas to fruition! #YourVoiceMatters

Congratulations, Yerika!

May 17th—

Congratulations to one of our most inspiring student alums, Yerika Reyes, on graduating from Pomona College! We are SO proud of you, Yerika, and can’t wait to see the amazing ways you continue to cultivate inclusive environments and share your passion for writing. Read about her accomplishments here, and click HERE to watch her read her poem “What Do You Really Want?” which has inspired thousands.

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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!