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Join us for an evening to celebrate storytelling, with literary stars, imaginative cuisine, and inspiring drinks — all in support of the voices of the 2,500 Chicago youth 826CHI engages in writing and publishing each year.

VIP tickets include early admission with the evening’s talent, premier seating, special hors d’oeuvres by Stock, a signature cocktail, and an extra warm glow from supporting our students’ writing.


  • Lee Wolen, executive chef at BOKA
  • Meg Galus, pastry chef at BOKA
  • Jeremy Leven, executive chef at mfk.
  • Abra Berens, executive chef at Stock
  • St. Lou’s Assembly
  • Dos Urban Cantina
  • Cellar Door Provisions
  • Parson’s Chicken & Fish


  • Moneygun
  • Punch House
  • Scofflaw
  • and others



  • JC Brooks, Stripped Down & Cabaret Style

“I think the first pizza ever was made in Chicago. A pizza person came up with it.” – Antiono, Grade 3

826CHI is dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their writing skills, so that students can express their ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in their individual voice. 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.



For sponsorship inquiries, please email stien@826chi.org