CZF 2014 is Sold Out // Waiting List Info!

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Tables for CZF 2014 have SOLD OUT in record time — two hours!

But that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost! Sign up on our waiting list and you could still get a table!

And don’t forget, you don’t have to be an exhibitor at CZF to enjoy the weekend! Here’s what we have in the works — more specific details coming soon!

Friday, March 14th
– An early Friday afternoon panel (time TBA!) entitled In it for the Long Haul: A Discussion on Longevity in Zines with Cindy Crabb (Doris), Tomas Moniz (Rad Dad), and Alex Wrekk (Brainscan). Moderated by Quimby’s Bookstore’s own Liz Mason (Caboose)!
-A youth reading featuring awesome kids ages 18 & younger
-An exhibitor reading featuring some of your favorite zinesters
– A fun Friday night event!

Saturday, March 15th
– Exhibition!!! Trade zines, buy zines, meet zinesters and organizations!
– Workshops, reading room, & a kids zine table!


Registration for CZF 2014 Opens Sunday, Dec 15 at 12pm (Central Time)!

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Registration for tabling at CZF 2014 opens on Sunday, December 15th at 12pm (Central Time)! Table space is first come, first served, and it sells out quickly (although we do get some people off the wait list each year, too). The cost for the default table size — one half table at 36” x 30” — is $20. Due to the high demand, we won’t be offering full tables this year. If you want to table next to a friend, you will each need to register for your own half table and then request on your form to sit together. Please note that while we love crafts and artwork, we ask that exhibitors focus their tables towards zines. At least 75% of your table should be zines or directly related to self-publishing. Also, exhibitors will be able to pre-order an Upton’s Naturals vegan sandwich at the cost of $5. Payment must be made at registration, as Upton’s sandwiches won’t be sold on-site. You’ll be able to access the registration form on our main website starting on the 15th!

Buy Badass Buttons and Support CZF!

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It’s time for our December fundraiser for the Chicago Zine Fest & oh my, it’s a good one! Our friends Ramsey Beyer, Neil Brideau, Lilli Carré, Nicole Georges, John Porcellino, and Suzy X have each created a special 1” button design just for CZF!

Want to get your hands on some awesome art by some of your favorite zinesters / comic artists and support CZF 2014 at the same time? It’s easy! Button packs (which are $5 + shipping for a pack of three) are available here!

Save the Dates!

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The 2014 Chicago Zine Fest will be on March 14 & 15! Save the date! Mark your calendar! Spread the word! As in years past, Friday will include a panel event, youth reading, exhibitor reading, and late night event, while Saturday is exhibition day at Columbia College.

Registration for CZF 2014 will be on Sunday, December 15 at 12pm (Central Time). Half tables are $20 (due to the high demand, we won’t be offering full tables this year). Complete registration details will be coming in early December!

Bingo Night is Back!

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Gather up your good luck charms, because it’s the return of one of our favorite fundraisers — Bingo Night!

For a $10 suggested donation (with all proceeds going to CZF 2014), you’ll be playing round after round of bingo, with prizes from Chicago Vegan Foods, Handlebar, Intelligentsia Coffee, Johnathan Breitung Salon and Luxury Spa, Kozie Prery, Laura Berger, Laurie’s Planet of Sound, Quimby’s, Sarah Tritt Photography, Second City, Starshaped Press, Uncharted Books, Uncle Fun, Wonder Wheel, & Wormhole Coffee!

The always awesome Rachel Foss is this year’s host, and the action is going down Friday, November 22nd from 7-9pm, at 826CHI (1331 N. Milwaukee). Join the Facebook event here! See you soon!

The Return of Hallowzine!

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Candy, zines, and screams, oh my! We’re holding our second annual Hallowzine reading fundraiser on Friday October 25, 8pm at Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) at 858 N. Ashland!

The spooktacular lineup includes Liz Mason (Caboose), Jonas Cannon (Cheer the Eff Up), LB (Truckface), Gas Mask Horse (Start Your Own Haunted House), and Jaclyn Miller (Fort Foot Comix). Plus, a live shadow puppet show performed by experimental shadow puppet group Pup House!

This event is all ages and open to the public. $5 suggested donation, with all proceeds benefiting CZF 2014. Wanna join the Facebook event for Hallowzine? You can! We hope to see you there!

CZF Won a Propeller Fund Grant!

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We’re super excited to announce that CZF was awarded a $2,000 Propeller Fund Grant! It’s a honor to be among this year’s recipients, and we appreciate that CZF is supported by the Chicago arts community. We’re pumped to see the projects created by everyone who received these grants and happy to put our own grant funds to good use creating a fun filled and memorable zine fest this upcoming spring. Visit the Propeller Fund website for a list of the award winners and their innovative & inspiring projects taking place in Chicago!

CZF Open Meeting: Gearin’ Up for 2014!

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It’s the stuff dreams are made of: sit around with a bunch of cool zine folks and voice your opinions/ideas/concerns about the impending 2014 Chicago Zine Fest! These meetings are crucial to us organizers, and every community member who is able to attend and has ideas about how to make CZF’s fifth year better than ever is MEGA APPRECIATED ♥

Meet us at the Chicago Publishers Resource Center (ChiPRC, 858 N Ashland Ave) at 1pm on Saturday, September 7th. It is highly likely that there will be snacks. Also, stick around after the meeting for a bit if you’d like to find out more about getting involved with CZF 2014! Facebook event here! See you there!

Get Involved: CZF is looking for organizers!

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Chicago Zine Fest is looking for a couple of new organizers for the 2014 organizing season! Interested in becoming part of the crew and helping to pull off one of the biggest zine fests in the US? Email us at by May 14th for details!

Keeping Up With The CZFians

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CZF may have just happened, but there’s still so much going on in Chicago and elsewhere, and so many zine-related things to talk about! Curious about post-fest survey responses or other zine-related events? Head on over to our official CZF tumblr to keep up with the discussion!

We will also be holding a post-fest Open Meeting for anyone in the community to come and share their thoughts about CZF 2013 with us while it’s still fresh, and talk about possibilities for next year’s fest. It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in volunteering or being involved in a larger capacity (even organizing) to come talk with us about it!

The open meeting is on Sunday, April 28th, 2013 from 1-3pm at the newly established Chicago Publishers Resource Center (ChiPRC) at 858 N. Ashland. See you there!