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You Can Play Trivia With ‘Wait Wait’s’ Peter Sagal In Wicker Park Next Week

Trivia for Cheaters benefits 826CHI, an organization that supports literacy and creative writing among more than 3,600 Chicago students.

Peter Sagal, of NPR, leads a Trivia for Cheaters fundraiser for 826Chi.
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WICKER PARK — The host of NPR’s popular Chicago-based news quiz, “Wait… Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” will be asking trivia questions in Wicker Park next week — and for a good cause.

From 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Peter Sagal will host “Trivia for Cheaters,” a fundraiser for 826CHI at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.

As of Thursday, six teams have signed up, but 826CHI is looking for six more. The deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 6. Register your trivia team online.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to 826CHI’s 2020 Young Authors Book Project, a book of lyrical essays about living and belonging in Chicago penned by 12th grade students at George Washington High School.

Located at 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, 826CHI is a nonprofit organization that offers tuition-free creative writing programs to more than 3,600 students in 50 of Chicago’s 57 zip codes.

The organization was founded 15 years ago.

In 2019, 826CHI published 150 volumes of student writing. These volumes were distributed to every branch of the Chicago Public Library.

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This allows students’ work to serve as “mentor texts” to other young writers across the city, 826CHI’s Gaby FeBland said.

“We prioritize enrollment for English language learners and students from low-income families and under-resourced schools, so that our city’s future leaders and changemakers can get the support that they may not always be receiving during the school day,” she said. “Our programs have been proven to cultivate academic gains, social [and] emotional gains and communication skills.”

Don’t expect your typical pub trivia at the Sagal event. In this game, judges can be bribed and cheats can be purchased — all for a good cause, of course.

Team fundraising is tiered. Each team must raise at least $500 to buy a table for four players.

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Peter Sagal, of NPR, stands alongside winners of a previous Trivia for Cheaters fundraiser.

From there, the more you raise, the better advantage you have at winning.

A team that raises $2,500, for example, receives $2,000 to spend on “cheats” during the game.

826CHI’s fundraising goal is $30,000.

Wanna help out, but can’t make it to the event? Donate to 826CHI here.

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