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.

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

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!

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

Shameless Karaoke!

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CZF KaraokeHot off the heels of a very successful bingo night, CZF is proud to present Shameless Karaoke!! Get set to sing the night away Friday, January 23rd at Chicago Zine Fest’s annual karaoke fundraiser at Beauty Bar.

The entertainment will be provided by Shameless Karaoke. Their diverse songbook covers all genres with selections from David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Neil Diamond, Duran Duran, Erasure, Michael Jackson, the Kinks, Madonna, Motley Crue, Oasis, Ozzy Osbourne, Prince, Rolling Stones, Sir Mix-a-Lot, and Britney Spears.

Beauty Bar staff will offer a unique drink special all night long, a signature martini and a manicure.

There is a $5 admission which will benefit the 2015 Chicago Zine Fest. The event beings at 9pm and is 21+. Hosted by Shameless Karaoke KJ, Liz Mason.

Take the stage and own it. Bring friends and sing a duet. Or enjoy from the crowd. Come out and have a good time and support self publishing in Chicago!

Facebook event here:

When: Friday January 23rd 2015, 9 pm

Where: Beauty Bar, 1444 W Chicago Ave.

CZF Bingo Night! With fabulous prizes!

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CZF Bingo Night is back, baby! We’ll be hosting our fourth annual Bingo Night Fundraiser on Thursday December 11th at Logan Bar and Grill!

The suggested entry donation of $10 includes your bingo card which is good for multiple rounds. Each round provides a chance to win some seriously awesome prizes! We’ve got over $400 worth of prizes from local businesses and artists, including: This Fine Day, Mieke Zuiderweg, Rhosilk, Fount Leather, Letter Writers Alliance, Swim Club, Chapter Jewelry, Zero Bird, Sean Mort Print Shop, Kozie Prery, Red Belly Studio, and

All proceeds benefit Chicago Zine Fest 2015–support CZF and have a great time too!! Facebook event here.

When: Thursday December 11th, 7 pm
Where: Logan Bar and Grill, 2230 N California Ave
Why: Fun and fabulous prizes!!!

Dimo’s Pizza Jam

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Pizza Jam poster


Hey, you like pizza, right? And comics? Of course you do. Then please join us on Tuesday November 4th for a pizza-themed comics workshop at Dimo’s Pizza in Wicker Park! We’ll be drawing and chatting and raising money for CZF 2015—buy a slice and $1 will go to CZF.

When you’ve finished voting, come over to Dimo’s for an epic pizza jam!

When: Tuesday November 4th, 7-9 pm
Where: Dimo’s Pizza, 1615 N. Damen Ave.

CZF at Bridged Art Walk

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Come hang out with CZF at the Bridged Art Walk! South Side zinesters Stranger Danger Distro, SA$$Y Printing Press, and FURIE will be tabling. So come sip some cider in Bridgeport Pasty’s outdoor garden, watch some goofy movies, & snag some local zines! Facebook event here.

DATE:  Saturday, October 18th
TIME:  6 – 8 pm
WHERE:  Bridgeport Pasty, 3142 S Morgan St.

Hallowzine 2014

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CZF presents our 3rd annual Halloween-themed zine reading/fundraiser, Hallowzine! Come and watch performances and readings by some of Chicago’s local self-publishers, writers, and artists. Refreshments will be available. There will be a $5 donation asked at the door. All proceeds benefit Chicago Zine Fest 2015! Facebook event here.

Readers include:

DATE:  Thursday, October 23rd
TIME:  7 pm
COST:  $5
WHERE:  CHIPRC, 858 N. Ashland Ave.

What is Your Damage, Heather?

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CZF is hosting a movie night fundraiser! Grab your croquet mallet, your Big Fun tshirt, all of your friends named Heather & head on out to the Hideout for one of our favorite dark comedy cult classics!

Crucial info: Wednesday, September 24 at the Hideout (1354 W Wabansia Ave). Doors open at 5:30pm! Movie starts at 6pm! $7 suggested donation, with all proceeds benefiting Chicago Zine Fest 2015. This event is 21+. Facebook event here!

(We can’t post the title of the movie, but email us at if you need help figuring it out!)