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Save the date for CZF 2018!

We’re excited to announce that the ninth annual Chicago Zine Fest will be held May 18-19 2018!

Please save the date for registration, which will open Sunday January 14 2018.

image with confetti and text: "Chicago Zine Fest: save the dates: CZF 2018, May 18-19; registration January 14"

Help organize CZF 2018!

We’re getting ready for another year of putting together Chicago Zine Fest and we’re looking for new organizers! If you’ve attended, tabled, or heard about CZF and have always wanted to join the ranks of the zine fest community, then this is the perfect opportunity for you! We strive to work together as a team to create the best zine fest possible, and you can become an integral part of it.

Qualifications: Be cool. Be local. Be reliable. Be available Sunday nights. No experience necessary!

Please join us for our organizer orientation meeting, Sunday, September 24 from 3-5 pm at CHIPRC (858 N Ashland Ave). RSVP at our Facebook event and bring a friend!

image of Uncle Sam reading a zine with text reading "I want YOU to help organize Chicago Zine Fest. Find out more at our orientation meeting"

An apology from this year’s CZF organizers

An apology to CZF 2017 exhibitors from the CZF organizers: During this year’s fest, it was brought to our attention that we had printed full/legal names of exhibitors on our printed program. As part of the registration process, we asked exhibitors both for their full names (for payment tracking purposes) and for the name they would like listed on the printed program and website. When creating this year’s program, we inadvertently listed the names from the wrong column. None of us caught this in double checking the program in the busy run up to the fest. We take zinester privacy very seriously. To prevent this error in the future, we will no longer be asking for full/legal names during registration, but instead will ask for the email that the Paypal payment will be sent from. We sincerely apologize for this mistake.

Thank you to those who brought this to our attention: we appreciate the chance to offer our apologies and make corrections for future fests!

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, and donors for helping make CZF 2017 the best ever! Thank you for your support!!

Now that CZF is over, we’d love to hear your opinion about the 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!

After party / karaoke party!

flyer with drawn images of squiggly people. Text reads: "Chicago Zine Fest karaoke after party, May 6th, 8-11 pm, Learning Machine, 3145 S Morgan St."

You know we love our karaoke here at CZF!! Please plan on joining us at The Learning Machine (3145 S Morgan St in  Bridgeport) on Saturday after the fest from 8-11 pm to celebrate another fest in the bag. RSVP at the Facebook event and join us for fun times!!

Volunteers needed

To make the CZF magic happen, we need YOUR HELP! Can you help distribute posters and postcards to areas around the city before the fest? Would you be willing to volunteer for a few hours on Saturday May 6th to make sure the fest runs smoothly? If so, please let us know by emailing us at, including the word “volunteer” in the subject line. All volunteers get a free poster of this year’s fabulous artwork by Mike Centeno (beautifully printed by our friends at Perfectly Acceptable Press).

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