Get ready for CZF Bingo!

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Fabulous artwork by Cathy Hannah

This year Chicago Zine Fest hosts our fifth annual Bingo Night fundraiser Thursday, December 10 at Logan Bar and Grill, 2230 N California Ave. The fun starts at 7 pm.

Zine Fest Bingo is always a great time. Our special guest bingo caller will be notable Chicago based comics artist Neil Brideau who will regale you with smart, humorous banter while calling out the winning numbers. Plus Logan Bar will have $2 PBR specials for the event.

There is an entry donation of $10 which includes your bingo card good for multiple rounds. Each round allows a chance to win! You can purchase multiple cards for $5 each to double your luck.

Win spectacular prizes from local businesses including Quimby’s Bookstore, Handlebar, Second City, Curbside Splendor Publishing, Letter Writers Alliance, Kozie Prery, and work from Chicago artists David Alvarado, Corrine Mucha and more!

All proceeds benefit CZF 2016. Win prizes, support self-publishing and have fun! Sign up to join us at the Facebook event.

Zine workshop at the Chicago Book Expo

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Chicago Book Expo 2015 logo

This Saturday November 21st, CZF will be hosting a zine-making workshop at the Chicago Book Expo! Come join us at 2 pm to learn a bit of zine history then make your own! No skills required and all ages are welcome. You can find more information about all the events happening at the Chicago Book Expo on their website.

Little Indie Press Festival

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CZF will be a part of the first Little Indie Press Festival this weekend, sponsored by and held at the Columbia College Library. It’ll be like a mini-zine/comix/indie lit fest! It’s Saturday November 14th from noon-4 pm, so come say hello and check out the festivities! Facebook event with more details here.

Flyer for Little Indie Press Festival

Registration for CZF 2016 is now closed

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Registration for CZF 2016 is now closed.

You can register to table at CZF 2016 right here!

Remember, this year the registration period is open for a longer period. Registration closes Saturday November 7th at noon (Central)! After that, we’ll be drawing names from the list of those who have completed the registration form and we’ll email everyone the week of November 22nd to let you know whether you have a reserved table or you’re on the waiting list.

For more information on the registration process, please review this page, and feel free to email us with any questions!


Hallowzine 2015

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Chicago Zine Fest presents HALLOWZINE 2015!

Our fourth annual Halloween-themed fundraiser will feature readings from some amazing local writers and artists, drink specials, and some spooky Chicago zinester masks to take home for your spooky endeavors! The scary lineup includes writers Megan Kirby, Anita Mechler and Paul Durica and comics artists Sean Mac, Andrea Bell, and Mike Centeno. The emcee for the night will be writer Mason Johnson.

When: Friday October 23, 7 pm
Where: CHI-PRC, 858 N Ashland Ave.
How much: Just 5 bucks to support CZF 2016!

Facebook event available here, see you Oct. 23rd for a night of haunted fun!

Flyer for Hallowzine 2015

Artwork by CZF organizer Alex Nall

Registration info for CZF 2016

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We’ve heard your feedback and we’re trying something new for CZF 2016 Registration! Our tables filled up in under an hour last year which was stressful for everyone, so we’re switching up the process this year with the hope that registration is easier and less anxiety producing for all involved.

2016 Registration Process:

Registration will be open for an entire WEEK this October! This will give you time to fill out the form and create a killer bio. At the end of the registration week we will be drawing names from the list of those who have completed the registration form. Those whose names we draw will be sent an email a few days after the close of registration with details on how to pay for your half table. CZF will continue to allow exhibitors to only purchase half tables. This allows us to have even more exhibitors at each fest. A half table will be $30 (& includes one folding chair; if you are sharing your half table, you will be required to purchase a second folding chair for $5). You will have a limited amount of time to pay for your half table (approximately 10 days). If you do not pay for your half table within that time period we’ll assume you’re no longer interested in being an exhibitor and will take you off the list.

Important dates:

Registration opens Friday, October 23rd at noon.

Registration closes, Friday October 30th at noon.

Exhibitors receive congrats or :( email, Monday, November 2nd.

Payment due Friday, November 13th at noon.

Chicago Zine Fest will take place April 29th and 30th, with our Saturday expo taking place at Plumber’s Union Hall (1340 W. Washington).

The Fine Print:

Be sure you fill out the registration form fully and let us know if you have any questions NOW. Please don’t save your questions until registration is nearly over. We’ll do our best to respond promptly but registration is a busy time and we are all volunteers with other responsibilities. We want you to know what’s up, so reach out early.

Once registration is closed we will be drawing exhibitors randomly from those who submitted applications. Please note that exhibitors will only be able to purchase a half table. CZF strives to have a diverse list of exhibitors and, as we have done every year, we will ensure the Fest has a balance of local, new (never tabled at CZF previously), POC, LGBTQI, and genre-encompassing zinesters.

Next Steps:

The next time you hear from us will be on November 2nd when you will receive an email to let you know if you have an exhibitor spot or sadly, if you don’t. At this time you will need to pay for your half table and an extra chair, if you need one. There will be specific instructions for this process in the email you receive. You will have until Friday, November 13th to make your payment. If you have not paid by this time then you will effectively forfeit your spot and we will offer it to the next person on the list.

If you need to change any info on your original registration please email us as soon as possible. For instance, if you are offered an exhibitor spot and have an additional person who will be tabling with you please let us know, so that we can list them in our program and exhibitors list.

If you have more than one person exhibiting at your half table then you will need to purchase an additional chair for that person. You will only be allowed to purchase one extra chair. All of the chairs will be folding chairs this year (there will be no 3 seat banks that were used at last year’s fest). Because each exhibitor is only receiving 3 feet of table (i.e. a half table space) to display their items, and because space behind the tables fills up quickly we are only allowing two exhibitors per half table. If you are a distro or will be selling more than two people’s work please keep this in mind, so that you are being considerate of your neighbor exhibitors.


Thank you for reading!

Registration opens Friday October 23rd at noon here at See you then!

Please email us with any questions.

September 4th Benefit Concert

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Oh heck yeah we are so excited to announce this puppy!!

September 4th fundraiser flyer

What? An amazing benefit concert for those 21 and over
Who? Richard Album and The Singles • Sadie and The Stark • Panthatone • The Eagles of Lombard
When? Friday September 4th • doors at 8 pm • bands at 9 pm • ends at midnight
Where? The Auxiliary Arts Center (3012 W Belmont Ave)
Why? It’s only $7, it helps support CZF 2016, and it’ll be a phenomenal show!!

Find the Facebook event here and get ready for excellent times!


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CZF is excited to participate in Learnapalooza this summer, a free festival for learning new skills and making new connections in Chicago.  We’ll be sharing zine-making knowledge and generally spreading zine love in Wicker Park on August 15th and in Edgewater on September 12th. We hope you can join us!

Keep an eye out for further details on the Learnapalooza website:


Constructive summer

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Lest you think we’re snoozing over the summer…  think again!

Saturday June 27th will be the CZF Ice Cream Social, held at Comfort Station in Logan Square (Facebook event here). Swing by and give us $3-5 (sliding scale) and you’ll get a bowl of ice cream and plenty of toppings (sprinkles, anyone??). We’ll have a variety of flavors and vegan options, too. Join us at Comfort Station at 2579 N Milwaukee Ave from 11:30 am-1:30 pm to get your summer started off right and help us make some cash money for CZF 2016!

We’re also excited be a part of the wonderful Printers Ball in West Town that evening (Saturday June 27th)! We’ll be running a zine jam workshop from 5-6 pm and 7-8 pm—stop by the Spudnik Press Printshop and you’ll walk away with your very own zine! It’ll be in the West Town neighborhood at 1821 W Hubbard St. Printers Ball is always a great time; for more information on their extravaganza of artistic & literary events, visit

Save the date for CZF 2016!

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We’re very happy to announce the date for Chicago Zine Fest 2016: Saturday April 30th! We heard great feedback about the new venue so we’re glad to be back at Plumbers’ Union Hall in the West Loop neighborhood for CZF2016. Stay tuned for more details about the weekend of CZF2016 and info about upcoming fundraising events!

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