Non-CZF Events


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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

Friend of CZF: CHIRP Record Fair, April 11th

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CHIRP Fair flyer
Our sponsor CHIRP Radio is hosting their 13th Annual CHIRP Record Fair on Saturday April 11th at Plumbers Hall (the same venue we’ll be holding zine fest!!!).  Drop by to dig through thousands of crates of vinyl records, tapes, CDs, posters, and more.

As an added bonus, visit Chicago Zine Fest as we lead a small zine making workshop at the fair between 1-3pm.

Entry is $7 (or $5 with a CHIRP flyer). Early Bird entry allows collectors to enter before the public at the rate of $25 (or half price with this coupon from the Chicago Reader:

This is a benefit for CHIRP – Chicago Independent Radio Project as they look to hit the airwaves this year on 107.1FM.  You can listen now online at

Prom 9 From Outer Space!

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One of our stellar sponsors is once again throwing the party of the year! 826CHI presents Prom 9 From Outer Space: A Galactic Romp Through the Retro-Futuristic Cosmos. Attendees will forgo ill-fitting rental tuxes and bustling taffeta for all manner of tin-foiled, corsetted, ray-gunned getups sure to impress the creature on their arm. Come dressed in your intergalactic best (or second-hand formal wear) for a night of cosplay, silent auctioning, raffling, (free) drinking, and DANCING…for the children. When: Saturday, April 26, 8pm-midnight. Where: St. Vincent de Paul Center Gymnasium (2145 N Halsted St). Tickets: $55 for one, $100 for two, $60 at the door (all proceeds from Prom 9 benefit 826CHI’s creative writing programs, which are offered tuition-free to thousands of Chicago students each year!) Get your tickets here!

Queer up your Valentine’s Day with CZF

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We know some of you don’t need it, but here’s your chance to queer up your Valentine’s Day AND help out CZF. We’re having a great reading, featuring:

Mar Curran
Jail Flanagan
Jamie Royce
Jacob Sabolo
Clare Stuber
Talie Zrihen
Ellie Navidson

Plus, you can bring your own little piece to win the hearts of the crowd! We’ll give you 3 minutes to spill your guts – read a poem, sing a quick song, stage an impromptu 3-minute play. (We retain the right to deny you your 3 minutes as well.)

$3 – $5 suggested donation
5847 N. Kenmore, #3
Chicago, IL

(The venue is an apartment and we regret to inform you that there are stairs that may make the event inaccessible to someone who has trouble with stairs.)

Wanna buy some zines, hear some tunes, and drink some booze?

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This coming Sunday, December 9 The Empty Bottle will be hosting the Pop-Up Book Fair hosted by Curbside Splendor, Chicago Writers House, and The Chicagoan. CZF will be selling some zines (and might even have a few to give away), so stop by if you can. Quimby’s will also be in attendance.

The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave. in Chicago. Cash bar.

Interested in some SPOC Hangouts?

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Are you coming to our open meeting? We hope so! If you are, you can go to the weekly meeting of SPOC (Self Publishers of Chicago), which is taking place right after ours. SPOC will be meeting up at Township (2200 N California by the California Blue Line Stop) at 4:30 pm and they’d love to see you there.