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CZF 2015 is sold out! Register for the wait list here!

Registration for CZF 2015 is now open!

CZF 2015 is now sold out! Register for the wait list here!

UPDATE: While you are still encouraged to sign up for the wait list, please know that it’s grown to 80+ people! We are getting as many people off of the wait list as possible, but will most likely not get through the entire list. But should a registered tabler decide not to table at CZF 2015 between now and the day of the fest, you will be notified via email if you receive a table through the wait list. Thanks for your patience!

IMPORTANT: Please note that once you fill out the registration form, pay through our Big Cartel page, and receive confirmation of your payment from that site, then your table spot IS confirmed and you don’t need to worry! And if you’re paying by check, you’re good to go once the registration form is filled out (just don’t forget to send in that check!).

What is Your Damage, Heather?

CZF is hosting a movie night fundraiser! Grab your croquet mallet, your Big Fun tshirt, all of your friends named Heather & head on out to the Hideout for one of our favorite dark comedy cult classics!

Crucial info: Wednesday, September 24 at the Hideout (1354 W Wabansia Ave). Doors open at 5:30pm! Movie starts at 6pm! $7 suggested donation, with all proceeds benefiting Chicago Zine Fest 2015. This event is 21+. Facebook event here!

(We can’t post the title of the movie, but email us at if you need help figuring it out!)


CZF Post-Fest Pizza Jam!

We’re throwing a CZF post-fest pizza party! We’re looking for a few new faces to organize the next Chicago Zine Fest, so here’s your chance to learn how to become more involved with CZF 2015! Ever thought about organizing the zine fest? Not sure what organizing is all about? Come hang with us & find out!

We’ll be stuffing our bellies with pizza from Dimo’s, so please RSVP so we know how many to order. Don’t forget to mention if you’re into vegan pizza or dairy pizza! This is also a BYOZ event — bring copies of your zine to trade with other Chicago zinesters! Don’t write a zine? That’s okay too! We still want to see you there!

And hey! We know that getting involved with new things can often be intimidating & hard. But this is going to be a super chill, mega fun time, & maybe you’ll come out of it wanting to get on board with helping organize CZF 2015 (if not, that’s okay too!). So see you there? This event is at CHIPRC (Chicago Publisher’s Resource Center) — 858 N. Ashland Ave – on Monday, May 5th at 6:30pm. Join the Facebook event here!

Prom 9 From Outer Space!

One of our stellar sponsors is once again throwing the party of the year! 826CHI presents Prom 9 From Outer Space: A Galactic Romp Through the Retro-Futuristic Cosmos. Attendees will forgo ill-fitting rental tuxes and bustling taffeta for all manner of tin-foiled, corsetted, ray-gunned getups sure to impress the creature on their arm. Come dressed in your intergalactic best (or second-hand formal wear) for a night of cosplay, silent auctioning, raffling, (free) drinking, and DANCING…for the children. When: Saturday, April 26, 8pm-midnight. Where: St. Vincent de Paul Center Gymnasium (2145 N Halsted St). Tickets: $55 for one, $100 for two, $60 at the door (all proceeds from Prom 9 benefit 826CHI’s creative writing programs, which are offered tuition-free to thousands of Chicago students each year!) Get your tickets here!

Thank You! Post Fest Survey!

The CZF organizers would like to say THANK YOU all of the coordinators, volunteers, exhibitors, attendees, panel members, readers, sponsors, & donors for helping make CZF 2014 the best ever. We appreciate you & your support! You have our eternal love!

Now that CZF is over, we’d love to hear your opinion about the zine fest. You can give us your thoughts on our anonymous post-fest survey, or you can email us at Your feedback will help us make next year’s zine fest even better!

Looking for the transcript from the opening panel? Find it here! Missed out on grabbing a CZF 2014 patch? Snatch one up here!

Quick Links for Your CZF Weekend!

The Chicago Zine Fest is THIS WEEKEND! March 14 & 15! Here are some links to all of the info you need to know:

Friday and Saturday Events — all of the locations, times, & descriptions of each day’s events! Don’t forget that Friday is the panel, readings, & dance party, while Saturday is exhibition day! All events during CZF weekend are FREE, wheelchair accessible, & open to the public!

2014 Exhibitor List — find out who will be at CZF & where their table will be!

Workshop Schedule — times & descriptions of each of Saturday’s workshops!

Travel & Food — directions & travel info for each day, along with suggestions of places to get some grub!

Still have questions? Email us at!


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