CZF 2015 Info: Directions & Grub!

This resource is broken up by location in the order they occur during the weekend of Chicago Zine Fest 2015. We recommend traveling by public transportation or carpooling. All locations are easily accessible by bus and train; plus, it’s good for the environment, a great way to see the city, and you’re supporting the city’s mass-transit infrastructure. And finding parking can be a real nightmare, especially in River North where Friday’s events take place.

You can get a CTA map at most L stops, and bike maps (which are very helpful regardless of your means of transportation) are available at most bike shops as well as at the City of Chicago’s website. Get a $20 3-day CTA pass (Ventra card) and you’ll be set for the weekend!

Chicago is set up mainly as a grid. Directions here are usually given in cardinal directions. Street numbers run up from zero in each direction starting at Madison and State in the Loop. Every 800 is a mile. So, for example, Halsted (which is 800 W) is 1 mile west of State Street. Every address that is 800 W will be at the intersection of that street and Halsted.

Friday May 8 events take place at Access Living

115 W Chicago Ave
Chicago IL  60654

*All spaces at Access Living, including restrooms, are wheelchair accessible. Gender-neutral bathrooms are available. CART services for the deaf and hard of hearing will be used at all Friday events.*

5 pm-6:30 pm: Zines: a Future Craft – panel discussion with Julia Eff (Every Thug is a Lady), Jonas (Cheer the Eff Up, The Greatest Most Traveling Circus!), and Ocean Capewell (High on Burning Photographs). Moderated by Jenna Freedman (Lower East Side Librarian).

7 pm-8 pm: The Next Generation – youth reading

8 pm-9 pm: Exhibitor reading

By Public Transit
Access Living is two blocks west of the Chicago Avenue Red Line L stop and two blocks east of the Chicago Ave Brown Line L stop. The following buses stop within a block of Access Living: #22 Clark bus, #66 Chicago Avenue bus, #156 LaSalle Street bus.

By Car
From I-90/94 take exit 50B towards Ohio St E, turn left onto N Orleans St.  Turn right onto W Chicago Ave, Access Living will be on the left. For more detailed directions, visit the Access Living websiteWe highly recommend taking public transit (or a taxi service) to Access Living, as even paid parking can be extremely difficult to find in this area.

Food Options
Baked goods will be available for sale at Access Living.

Nearby Restaurants (there’s a ton of options around here! ; descriptions from Google maps)

  • Karyn’s Cooked, 738 N Wells St: innovative vegan fare, including desserts, along with beer & wine in a low-key atmosphere
  • Chicago Raw, 51 W Huron St: health-conscious cafe serving smoothies, sandwiches & other plant-based foods with modern flair
  • Portillo’s Hot Dogs, 100 W Ontario St: Chicago-born chain for hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches & more, plus beer & wine, in retro digs (get the Chicago dog!)
  • McDonalds, 600 N Clark St: you know, it’s McDonalds (but waitthis one’s special: it’s the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonalds)

Grocery Stores (descriptions from Google maps)

  • Whole Foods Market, 30 W Huron St: chain with natural & organic grocery items
  • Jewel-Osco, 550 N State St: Midwest grocery store chain (properly referred to as “the Jewels”)

Saturday May 9th events take place at Plumbers’ Union Hall

1340 W Washington Blvd
Chicago IL  60607

*All spaces at Plumbers’ Union Hall, including restrooms, are wheelchair accessible. Gender-neutral bathrooms are available.*

11 am-6 pm: Zine exhibition

By Public Transit
Plumbers’ Union Hall is located 0.4 miles southeast of the Ashland-Lake Green & Pink Line L stop and 0.5 miles north of the Racine Blue Line L stop.  The #20 Madison bus stops within one block of the Hall and the #9 Ashland bus stops within three blocks of the Hall.

By Car
From I-90/94 take exit 50A toward Ogden Ave. Continue onto N Racine Ave, keep right to continue onto N Ogden Ave. Turn left on W Washington Blvd, Plumbers’ Union Hall will be on the left. For more detailed directions, visit the Plumbers’ Union website.

There is a free parking lot available behind the Plumbers’ Union building with space for 275 cars. There is also limited free street parking available.

Food Options
Baked goods will be available for sale within the Hall.

Nearby Restaurants (descriptions from Google maps)

  • Nohea Cafe, 1312 W Madison St: corner cafe serving sandwiches, soups & pastries & a specialty grocery with Italian meats & cheeses
  • Sawtooth Restaurant, 1350 W Randolph St: modern, clean-lined restaurant featuring Vietnamese cuisine & an upstairs lounge with skyline views
  • Palace Grill Restaurant, 1408 W Madison St: classic diner serving up 3-egg omelets & black coffee, plus lunch & dinner, since 1938
  • Angel’s Restaurant, 230 S Ashland Ave: relaxed cocina with an outdoor patio featuring Mexican comfort food & walls adorned with local art

Grocery Stores (descriptions from Google maps)

  • Arista Foods, 112 N May St: simple deli offering sandwiches, soups & build-your-own salads are on offer, plus wine & spirits
  • Green Grocer Chicago, 1402 W Grand Ave: independent grocer for local, organic & artisanal bread, poultry & coffee plus takeout & events
  • Mariano’s Fresh Market, 40 S Halsted St: elevated local grocery chain with gourmet foods & spirits, plus a bakery, cafe, deli & pharmacy