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Visit the Novelty Store that Sells Spy Gear for a Good Cause • Secret Agent Supply Co

By Charli Renken

Visit the Novelty Store that Sells Spy Gear for a Good Cause • Secret Agent Supply Co

Be a regular Veronica Mars and help fund free children’s writing programs at the same time!

Dressing up as a spy this Halloween? Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co stocks everything a spy could ever need: disguises, binoculars, (fake) security cameras, hide-a-key pop cans, you name it! However, their merchandise isn’t the only thing that makes this shop suspiciously awesome. [Feature photo: @ryanloren]

Photo: @monsauce

Formerly known as The Boring Store, Secret Agent Supply Co is actually the storefront of 826CHI, a literacy nonprofit that provides free creative writing programs, tutoring, and in-school partnerships for children. 826CHI uses the proceeds from Secret Agent Supply Co to fund impactful work in the Chicago community. What a playful way to do some good in the world! 

Pencils with 826CHI student writing on them. Photo: @i.john_.i

826CHI is a chapter of 826National and is dedicated to inspiring ages six to 18 through creative and expository writing. 826CHI works in 114 Chicago schools, serving 48 zip codes with a staff of 287 volunteers. Its programs include a Teen Writing Studio, 826 Digital resources, field trips, afterschool tutoring, and student publications.

Photo: @hornbecker

Address: 1276 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL

Mon-Sat: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sun: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Accessible from CTA Blue Line and  #56 (Milwaukee), #9 (Ashland), or #70 (Division) busses. 

Metered street parking is available.

Visit Wicker Park Secret Agent Co, 826CHI, or 836National for more information.