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!
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.*
In it for the Long Haul: A Discussion on Longevity in Zines with Cindy Crabb, Tomas Moniz, and Alex Wrekk. Moderated by Quimby’s Bookstore’s own Liz Mason!
Friday, March 15th, 1pm – 3pm
Saturday, March 16th, 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 3 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 Only (exact change only $1, $5, $10)
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.(VEG)
Paully’s Pizzeria 719 S. State St (VEG)
Pitabelly (Middle Eastern) 606 S. Wabash Ave. Open at 11am. (VEG/Vegan)
Subway 1300 S. Wabash Ave. and 604 S Wabash Ave. (VEG)
Topper’s Pizza 8th/State St. (VEG)
Devil Dawgs 767 S State St
Five Guys Burgers and Fries 1146 S Wabash Ave
Jersey Mike’s Subs – 26 E. Roosevelt
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
Hairpin Arts Center
2800 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
*All spaces at Hairpin Arts Center, including restrooms, are wheelchair accessible. ASL interpreters will be present at both readings.*
Youth Reading & Exhibitor Reading
Friday March 15th, 6-9pm
CZF Kickoff Celebration Dance Party
Friday March 15th, 9-11:30pm
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 the “Logan Square” stop. Head North on Milwaukee towards Diversey Ave. The Hairpin Arts Center will be at the corner of Diversey, Kimball and Milwaukee. The door is after Payless Shoes.
By Public Transit
Hairpin Arts Center is located 4 blocks North on Milwaukee of the “Logan Square” stop on the Blue Line (O’Hare Branch) and near the Diversey stop on the #56 (Milwaukee) Bus. The Kimball/Milwaukee stop on the #76 Diversey Bus, and the Diversey/Milwaukee stop on the #82 Kimball Bus.
From 90/94 W, exit at Diversey exit 46B. Turn left to head West on Diversey until you reach Kimball. Milwaukee and Diversey are both metered parking and you’ll have to pay until 10pm $2/hr. Look for the big P sign for the paybox. Kimball is free parking South of Diversey as well as some sidestreets if you are willing to walk a little. Just be careful as some sidestreets are permit parking any time so check for street signs!
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. The Hairpin will be a few miles Northwest on Milwaukee at the corner of Diversey/Milwaukee/and Kimball.
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. This area can be 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.
Cafe Con Leche (Latin food) 2714 N Milwaukee
El Cid (Mexican) 2645 N Kedzie
Dunlay’s on the Square (Bar food) 3137 W Logan Blvd
Foodsmart (Packaged sandwiches and stuff) 3417 W Diversey
Friendship Chinese (Chinese) 2830 N Milwaukee
Giordano’s (Chicago style pizza) 2855 N Milwaukee
Intelligentsia (Fancy coffee) 2642 N Milwaukee
La Cocina (Mexican with lots of vegan options) 2901 N Kedzie
Lula (Farm to table yumz) 2537 N Kedzie
Parts and Labor (Burgerz) 2700 N Milwaukee
Reno (Sandwiches and wood oven pizza) 2607 N Milwaukee
The Spice Fusion (Thai and Japanese) 2886 N Milwaukee