This resource is broken up by location in the order they occur during the weekend of Chicago Zine Fest 2016. 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.

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 April 29 events take place at Workshop Chicago

935 W Chestnut St
Chicago IL 60642

*All spaces at Workshop Chicago, including restrooms, are wheelchair accessible. Gender-neutral bathrooms are available.*

6:30 pm-8 pm: Permission Not Granted: Women of Color and the Politics of Zines – panel discussion with Leila Abdelrazaq, Sarah Gonzalez, and Monika Harris; moderated by Monica Trinidad

8 pm-9:30 pm: Exhibitor reading

By Public Transit
Workshop Chicago is two blocks northeast of the Chicago Avenue Blue Line L stop. There are also a number of buses that stop nearby: the location is one block from the #66 Austin bus, two blocks from the #56 Milwaukee bus, and two blocks from the #8 Halsted bus.

By Car
From I-90/94 take exit 49A for Division Street, turn left onto W Division St, take a quick right onto N Elston Ave, turn left onto W Fry St, turn left onto N Ogden Ave, which then becomes W Chestnut St. Workshop Chicago is inside the six-story brick building on your right.

Nearby Restaurants (descriptions from Google maps)

  • The Silver Palm, 768 N Milwaukee Ave: dive bar in the front, in the back it’s an eatery serving sizable portions of American grub, wine & beer in a 1947 railroad dining car
  • Butterfly Sushi Bar & Thai Cuisine, 1139 W Grand Ave: upbeat sushi bar with sidewalk seating, also offering stir-fries, teriyaki & Thai curries

Saturday April 30th events take place at Plumbers Union Hall

1340 W Washington Blvd
Chicago IL  60607

*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.

By Car
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. For more detailed directions, visit the Plumbers Union website.

There is a free parking lot available behind the Plumbers Union building with space for 275 cars. There is also limited free street parking available.

Food Options
Halfwit Coffee will be offering free coffee on the balcony while supplies last. Baked goods will be available for sale on the balcony (courtesy the Student Association of Medical Artists from the UIC Biomedical Visualization program) from 11 am-2 pm. Food trucks will be available in the parking lot: La Cocina (Mexican food) from 11-2 pm, and Ste Martaen (soul vegetarian/vegan friendly) from 2-5 pm.

Nearby Restaurants (descriptions from Google maps)

  • Nohea Cafe, 1312 W Madison St: corner cafe serving sandwiches, soups & pastries & a specialty grocery with Italian meats & cheeses
  • Sawtooth Restaurant, 1350 W Randolph St: modern, clean-lined restaurant featuring Vietnamese cuisine & an upstairs lounge with skyline views
  • Palace Grill Restaurant, 1408 W Madison St: classic diner serving up 3-egg omelets & black coffee, plus lunch & dinner, since 1938
  • Angel’s Restaurant, 230 S Ashland Ave: relaxed cocina with an outdoor patio featuring Mexican comfort food & walls adorned with local art

Grocery Stores (descriptions from Google maps)

  • Arista Foods, 112 N May St: simple deli offering sandwiches, soups & build-your-own salads are on offer, plus wine & spirits
  • Green Grocer Chicago, 1402 W Grand Ave: independent grocer for local, organic & artisanal bread, poultry & coffee plus takeout & events
  • Mariano’s Fresh Market, 40 S Halsted St: elevated local grocery chain with gourmet foods & spirits, plus a bakery, cafe, deli & pharmacy