This resource is broken up by location in the order they occur during the weekend of Chicago Zine Fest. 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
*All spaces at Access Living, including restrooms, are wheelchair accessible. Gender-neutral bathrooms are available. CART Service 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.
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.
Saturday May 9th events take place at Plumbers’ Union Hall
*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.
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.
There is a free parking lot available behind the Plumbers’ Union building.
Baked goods will be available for sale within the Hall.
Nearby Restaurants (descriptions from Google maps)
- Nohea Cafe (corner cafe serving sandwiches, soups & pastries & a specialty grocery with Italian meats & cheeses)
- Sawtooth Restaurant (modern, clean-lined restaurant featuring Vietnamese cuisine & an upstairs lounge with skyline views)
- Palace Grill Restaurant (classic diner serving up 3-egg omelets & black coffee, plus lunch & dinner, since 1938)
- Angel’s Restaurant (relaxed cocina with an outdoor patio featuring Mexican comfort food & walls adorned with local art)
Grocery Stores (descriptions from Google maps)
- Arista Foods (simple deli offering sandwiches, soups & build-your-own salads are on offer, plus wine & spirits)