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:

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

Help Our Students Grow this Spring

April 25th—

Spring is the time when flowers, plants, and trees start to grow tall and bloom. In the summer, trees and flowers will continue to grow.
- “Spring,” by Heikki E.

Like plants, young minds don’t stop growing because the school year ends. Our summer programs help students practice writing skills and mitigate learning loss in ways that are student-centered, inquiry based, and fun. Through the summer, next year, and beyond, you can help us nurture Chicago’s students. Donate today, and help a young mind grow––beautiful as a flower, tall as a tree, surprising and wonderful as a taco plant.

And, as thanks for a recurring donation, you’ll receive a book of student work and a tote bag to take it on your next taco-crazy adventure.

Welcome, Molly!

Welcome, Molly!

April 22nd—

Meet 826CHI’s newest agent, Molly Sprayregen. Molly joins us as a Program Coordinator through August and will be supporting our Field Trips and Workshops!

Congratulations to Carl Sandburg and 21st Century Award Winners!

April 21st—

Our thunderous applause goes to our friend Natalie Moore, recipient of the 21st Century Award, as well as the recipients of the 2017 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards: the acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood AND our own co-founder Dave Eggers! Read on >> 

Audio producer Sarah Geis Visits 826CHI to talk careers and storytelling

April 19th—

In another enlightening session of our Speakers & Snacks series this month, audio producer Sarah Geis visited our After-School Tutoring & Writing students to share insights from a career of recording people’s oral histories for StoryCorps and Third Coast International Audio Festival. Our thanks go to Sarah for sharing her time and experience.

To hear our students’ own powerful oral histories from last year’s Ears as Big as My Head, check out our SoundCloud.

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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!