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. Join us in the room for a live auction, and an enticing line up of raffle prizes that showcase some of Chicago’s best local establishments. It takes an entire community of dedicated Chicagoans to help make education accessible — support 826CHI by trying to win one of these thoughtfully designed packages!

100% of proceeds from the auction, raffle, and paddle raise support 826CHI programs.

Your support of Eat Your Words ensures that 826CHI continues to provide high-quality, relevant literary education to schools 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.


Four exclusive packages will be auctioned live and in the room at Eat Your Words.

These one-of-a-kind experiences connect you with the culinary and literary stars. Your support will directly strengthen student writing skills throughout the 2019-2020 school year!

Underground Goat:

Bring 19 of your friends to a private dinner in the secret dining room under Girl and a Goat, the restaurant where it's still hard to get a reservation...8 years later. Menu designed for you by Chef Stephanie Izard.

Boka Progressive Dinner:

Win this progressive, night long dinner for 6 at Michelin star holding and James Beard Foundation Award winning BOKA Restaurant Group restaurants.

Two more Live Auction items coming soon.


Raffle items coming soon.


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 and distributed collection from the creative minds and pens of Chicago students. Your gift tonight will be acknowledged in this book.

$5,000 - Homework help:

Ensure two students have access to individualized after-school tutoring and Writing twice a week for an entire school year.

$2,500 - Feed the beast:

Keep our printer running and full of ink for an entire semester, ensuring 826CHI’s youngest students leave our morning Field Trips with a published book in hand.

$1,000 - Beat the summer learning slump:

Support elementary school students as they practice writing and storytelling during in the Word Laboratory summer camp.

$500 - Better together:

Enable 826CHI to team up with a neighborhood organization to bring writing resources and instruction into a community youth space through program partnership.

$250 - Amplify teen voices:

Design and publish an online journal of personal memoirs by teens from 18 Chicago Public Schools, and share with Teachers seeking examples of high quality, relevant writing.

$100 - College cred:

Fund a one-on-one college essay writing session for a Chicago High School Senior.

Live Auction and Paddle Raise Guidelines

Live Auction and Paddle Raise Rules

  1. Upon entering the event, you will be assigned a bid number. Your paddle (with bid number automatically assigned to you) will be at your table in an envelope. Please find your paddle upon taking your seat.

  2. Live Auction and paddle raise bidding will begin around 9pm.

  3. When bidding, please hold up your bid number toward the auctioneer, and wait until your number is called.

  4. If a group is bidding on one item, please designate one person to place your combined bid. Auction items will be awarded to one purchaser only.

  5. All bids will be final and with winning bid determined by the auctioneer. A bid acknowledged by the auctioneer is a legal contract to purchase the item.

  6. Successful bidders will be handed a receipt for the live auction item won immediately following completion of bidding on that item. A volunteer will deliver the receipt directly to you at your table.

  7. The successful bidder will be charged automatically if a pre-swiped credit card is on file. If no card is on file, please approach the registration table to complete the payment process. If bidder does not wish for their pre-swiped card to be charged, please approach the registration table to provide an alternate card, cash or check. All successful bidders must pay for their item before leaving the venue. If necessary, arrangements should be made for items to be shipped to successful bidders after the event.

  8. Payment can be made via cash, check, or credit card (Master Card, Visa, Discover or American Express). Make checks payable to 826CHI, payments should be made at the registration table.


All items must be paid for by the end of the evening. We gladly accept Cash, Check, MasterCard, Amex, and Visa. Payments should be made at the registration table. Once you have paid for your winning items or paddle raise gift, you will be issued a receipt via email in the week that follows.

Terms of Sale

Unless otherwise noted, all certificates for goods and services must be used within one year of the auction date. All sales are final. There will be no exchanges or refunds. 826CHI does not make any expressed or implied warranties or guarantees on auction items regarding the quality or value of items or services. Reservations for accommodations must be mutually arranged with the donor unless otherwise noted. No refunds will be allowed on accommodations

Tax Information

The Program lists the fair market value of each item. Any amount you pay in excess of the fair market value would normally be available to you as a charitable contribution for tax purposes. Please check with your tax advisor for specifics. We will mail you a letter for your records.

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