826 Chicago

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826 Chicago
Formation 2005
Type Non-profit organization
Purpose Education
  • 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago, Illinois 60622
Region served
Affiliations 826 National
Website http://www.826chi.org/

826 Chicago is the Chicago chapter of the non-profit 826 National, an organization dedicated to offering free after-school tutoring and creative writing workshops for kids ages 6–18. All programs are open for Chicago Public School students. The center opened in 2005 in Chicago's Wicker Park Neighborhood.[1]

The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Company[edit]

Every 826 National chapter has an unusually themed retail space giving each center a storefront to attract the attention of potential volunteers and students, make money for the organization, and create a fun environment for the students. 826 Chicago's retail space is known as The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Company (formerly known as The Boring Store).[2] Fake mustaches and rearview sunglasses are among the spy-themed items on sale[3] alongside 826 National publications and 826 Chicago gear.[4]


  1. ^ Paul, Gavin (26 February 2007). "Leah Guenther 826CHI's executive director helps boost local youths' writing cred, one mustache at a time.". CenterStage. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Pang, Kevin (19 April 2007). "How to be a spy". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Holub, Kristen (4 February 2009). "“The Boring Store” is not so boring after all". Chicagonista. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Small Business Saturday Chicago: Where To Shop For Locally-Owned, Original Goods". Huffington Post. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 

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