Your support of Eat Your Words ensures that 826CHI continues to provide top-notch, relevant literary education to communities that are regularly divested of arts education resources. Access to literary arts education rounds out educational experiences and prepares 826CHI students to move through life with resilience, creativity, and the ability to articulate their voice.

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Expand your support for 826CHI students by bidding on one of many extraordinary auction experiences that showcase the culinary, literary, and creative community of Chicago and beyond. Auction packages will be live for bidding on Monday, September 17th, and will close at 10pm on Thursday, October 4th. 100% of proceeds from the paddle raise and auction support 826CHI programs.

The excitement doesn’t end with Jeff Tweedy! Here is a sneak peak at some of the other exciting auction packages available for bidding:

  • Talk books over dinner with acclaimed author Luis Alberto Urrea

  • Spend a literary weekend in NYC, which includes lunch with Ira Glass

  • Host a private dinner for 20 at Girl & the Goat with a custom menu by Stephanie Izard

  • Dinner at The Gage before VIP tickets to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! and après-show drinks with Peter Sagal

  • A progressive dinner for six at BOKA restaurants across Chicago

  • Name a character for a future Dave Eggers book

  • Explore Chicago’s Pizza landscape during a pizza tour with the Hungry Hound, Steve Dolinsky

  • Enjoy a Chef's dinner for two at Michelin starred restaurant Parachute

  • Schedule a heckling birthday phone call from comedian Brian Babylon

  • Cooking class for two at Macy’s Culinary Studio and gift certificate to City Lit

  • Host game night with the Cards Against Humanity omnibus set and Caviar gift certificate

  • Drink mezcal and craft a cocktail while enjoying Topolobampo and Frontera bites

  • Talk about beer afficionados Josh Noel and Chris Quinn and take home premier beer samples

  • Get out of Chicago for a farm tour and tasting of Virtue Cider, and a 2 night hotel stay


Paddle Raise

Champion 826CHI by giving at one of the below levels during the live paddle raise. Your support will directly strengthen student writing skills throughout the 2018-19 school year

$10,000 - Publish a book: Fund a professionally printed anthology from the creative minds and pens of Chicago students.

$5,000 - Homework help: Ensure one student has access to individualized after-school tutoring for an entire school year.

$2,500 - Feed the beast: Keep our printer running and full of ink for an entire year, ensuring student leave our programs with book in hand.

$1,000 - Beat the summer slump: Support elementary school students as they practice writing and storytelling during in the Word Laboratory summer camp.

$500 - Better together: Enable 826CHI to partner with a neighborhood organization to bring writing resources into community youth space.

$250 - Amplify teen voices: Publish an online journal of personal memoirs by Chicago teens from 18 Chicago Public Schools

$100 - College cred: Fund a one-on-one college essay writing session for a Chicago High School Senior.


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