This resource is broken up by location in the order they occur during the weekend of Chicago Zine Fest and includes a recommended way of getting from one venue to another. We recommend traveling by public transportation or car-pooling. 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. Anyway, parking in these neighborhoods is a nightmare!
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 3-day CTA pass and you’ll be set for the weekend! (Scroll down to Retail locations.)
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 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.
Columbia College – Conaway Center
1104 S. Wabash
Chicago, IL 60605
*All spaces at Columbia, including restrooms, are wheelchair accessible. Gender-neutral bathrooms are available on the 8th floor. CART Service will be used at the Friday afternoon panel.*
Writing about Health, Disability, and Accessibility in Zines: A Panel with Kerri Radley, Maranda Elizabeth, and Dave Roche
Friday, March 8th, 1pm – 3pm
Saturday, March 9th, 11am – 6pm
By Public Transit
The Conaway Center is 1 block east and 1 block north of the Roosevelt L stop, which services the Red, Orange ,and Green lines (which can all be transferred to from the Blue, Pink, and Brown lines in the Loop). The following buses stop within a block of the center: #1, #3, #4, #18, #29, #62, and #149.
For exhibitors, there is a loading zone directly in front of the building.
From Lake Shore Drive
Exit at Balbo. Drive west until you reach Wabash. Drive until you reach 11th St. The festival is on the corner of 11th and Wabash.
Exit at Congress Parkway. Keep heading EAST until you reach State St. Turn right on State Street and drive south until you reach 11th St. Turn left on 11th St. Drive one block to Wabash Ave. and make a right. The festival is on the corner of 11th and Wabash Ave.
Here are a few nearby parking lots we would recommend based on proximity and price. There are many others in the area as well. Expect to pay at least $10 for a day of parking.
837 S Wabash Ave (Wabash & 9th)
Self Parking (have the last 4 digits of your license plate before you go to the pay box)
$12 day rate (not including overnight)
Cash & Credit Cards
901 S. State (corner of State & 9th)
Self & Attendant Parking
$10 day rate (not including overnight)
Cash & Credit Card
You can look for free street parking south of Roosevelt, but be sure to look out for signs requiring permits or meters.
All parking meters are downtown $4/hr. DON’T USE THEM!
Depending on the weather, the lakefront path is AMAZING. It runs for over 15 miles along Lake Michigan. Exit at Roosevelt (before the path dips into the museum campus).
Along streets, from the northast, Clark is a good street to bike down. From the northwest, Milwaukee is great because it’s a diagonal. From the southwest, Archer can be a bit hairy in some places (when you’re faced with a concrete wall to your right), but it’s a diagonal, so it makes your trip faster). From the southeast, take King Drive north, turn onto Cermak, and then go north on Indiana.
During the festival in the 1104 S. Wabash building, the cafe on the 1st floor will be open from 11am-6pm (or until they are sold out).
Vending Machines are available by the back elevators on the 1st floor.
Artist’s Cafe 1150 S. Wabash Ave.
Caribou Coffee 41 E. 8th St.
Dunkin Donuts 1231 S. Wabash Ave. and 600 S. Wabash Ave.
Jimmy John’s 725 S. State St.
Paully’s Pizzeria 719 S. State St
Pitabelly (Middle Eastern) 606 S. Wabash Ave. Open at 11am.
Subway 1300 S. Wabash Ave. and 604 S Wabash Ave.
Topper’s Pizza 8th/State St.
Burnham Mart Plaza, 828 S Wabash Ave. – Open 7am
Jewel-Osco, 1224 S Wabash Ave. – Open 24 hours
Trader Joe’s, 1147 S Wabash Ave. – Open at 8am
826CHI (aka the Boring Store)
1331 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
*All spaces at 826CHI, including restrooms, are wheelchair accessible. There is a slight bump between The Boring Store and the room where the readings will take place. ASL interpreters will be present at both readings.*
Youth Reading & Exhibitor Reading
Friday March 8th, 6-9pm
By Public Transit from 1104 S Wabash
Take the Red Line from the Roosevelt Stop (one block south and one block west) north (to Howard). Get off at Jackson, and transfer to the Blue Line northwest (to O’Hare). Get off at Divison and walk northwest on Milwaukee (the numbers should be going up). The Boring Store will be on the right-hand side of the street on the second block.
By Public Transit
826CHI is two blocks north on Milwaukee of the Division stop on the Blue Line (O’Hare Branch), and about 4 blocks south on Milwaukee of the Damen Stop on the Blue Line (O’Hare Branch), and near the Paulina stop on the #56 (Milwaukee) Bus. The #70 Division (head northwest), #9 Ashland (head northwest), #50 Damen (head southeast), and #72 North (head southeast) buses all serve the area.
From 90/94, get off at the Division St. exit and head west. Parking can be a bit of a nightmare in Wicker Park/Bucktown. Most streets are metered until 9pm — look for a box on the sidewalk with a large P on it. Payment can be made with quarters, debit card, or credit card and you’ll get a receipt to put on your dashboard as proof of payment. Beware of side streets, as many of them are permit parking (be sure to read signs carefully!). As we’ve stated before, if you don’t have to drive to Wicker Park, DON’T!
Head west on 11th St. for a block until you reach State st. Head north on State for a few blocks until you reach Harrison. Turn left onto Harrison and take this for a while until you reach Halsted. Turn Right onto Halsted and take this until you reach Milwaukee. Milwaukee is a diagonal street so be sure you turn onto it. Make a soft left onto Milwaukee (a hard left would take you down Grand) and continue for a while. 826CHI is located on Milwaukee just north of Ashland.
Milwaukee is a great way to get around because it cuts at a diagonal, though on a Friday night, traffic can get a little scary. Wicker Park is very busy and congested on Friday nights. Expect taxis, drunk people, and double-parked cars. Stay alert!
If you do not have experience biking in Chicago, you may want to consider taking your bike on mass transit. You can take your bike on CTA trains before and after rush hour. Rush hour runs between 4pm and 6pm. Up to two regular bicycles are allowed inside each car. Bikes are allowed on buses at all times. More info about taking your bike on CTA can be found here.
Antique Taco – 1360 N Milwaukee
Cumin (Indian) – 1414 N Milwaukee
Dunkin Donuts – 1244 N Ashland
Eat First (Chinese) – 1289 N Milwaukee
Falafel and Grill – 1317 N Milwaukee
Harold’s Chicken Shack – 1361 N Milwaukee
Jewel Osco (Grocery Store)- 1341 N Paulina
La Pasadita (Mexican) – 1140 N Ashland
Native Foods Cafe (Vegan Assortment) – 1484 N Milwaukee
Pot Pan (Thai) – 1362 N Milwaukee
Standard Bar and Grill – 1332 N Milwaukee
Subway – 1300 N Ashland
1854 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
*Quimby’s is wheelchair accessible to a point, but difficult to move around in once there are a lot of people in the space. The restroom is not wheelchair accessible.*
Zine, Lose, or Draw! (AKA ZLorD): A game show hosted by Neil Brideau at Quimby’s Bookstore
Friday March 8th, 9:30pm-12am
Take a right out of the Boring Store, and head northwest on Milwaukee. Take a right on Honore, and then the next left on to Elkgrove. Elkgrove will spit you out onto North Ave and Quimby’s will be across the street and ever so slightly to the left.
By Public Transit
Quimby’s is three blocks east on North Avenue of the Damen stop on the Blue Line (O’Hare branch). It is also 1.25 miles west of the North and Clyborn stop on the Red Line, from which you can take the #72 bus west. The #72 North Ave bus stops RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE STORE at Wolcott (in fact if you exit out the back -which you always should- you can usually walk directly into the door of the store). Other bus routes near it include #9 Ashland (head west), #50 Damen (head east), #73 Armitage (head south), and #70 Division (head north).
From 90/94, get off at the North Ave exit and head west. Parking can be a bit of a nightmare in Wicker Park/Bucktown. Most streets are metered until 9pm — look for a box on the sidewalk with a large P on it. Payment can be made with quarters, debit card, or credit card and you’ll get a receipt to put on your dashboard as proof of payment. Beware of side streets, as many of them are permit parking (be sure to read signs carefully!). As we’ve stated before, if you don’t have to drive to Wicker Park, DON’T!
Take a right out of the Boring Store and head northwest on Milwaukee. Take a right on Honore, and then the next left onto Elkgrove. Elkgrove will spit you out onto North Ave. Quimby’s will be across the street and ever so slightly to the left.
Big Star (Mexican-open way late) – 1531 N Damen Ave
Bon Bon Sandwiches (Vietnamese/Japanese – Vegan options) – 2333 W North
Caribou Coffee – 1611 N Damen Ave
Flash Taco – 1570 W North Ave
Forever Yogurt – 1924 W North Ave
Handlebar (Vegan options) – 2311 W North Ave
Piece Brewery and Pizzeria – 1927 W North Ave
Potbelly (sandwiches, salads) – 1625 N Damen Ave
Santullo’s Eatery (pizza/sammys/salads- Vegan options) – 1943 W North Ave
Silver Cloud Bar and Grill – 1700 N Damen Ave
Sultan’s Market (Middle Eastern; cash only) – 2057 W North
The Goddess and Grocer – 1646 N Damen Ave
Wicker Park Tavern (bar food- open waaay late )- 1958 W North Ave