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Help out at CZF Volunteer Day

CZF Volunteer Day is coming right up! As the Chicago Zine Fest approaches, we need your help. Have a spare hour or two? Drop in at CHIPRC (858 N Ashland Ave) on Sunday April 17th any time between noon-3pm to have a great time and help us make CZF a success!

We need volunteers to help us make buttons, prepare clip art & blank booklets for our activity table, and collate zines (all easy stuff, we promise!). Or stop by and pick up some promotional flyers and posters that need to be distributed around the city. Invite a friend via our Facebook event and make it even more fun!

ALSO! 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 2017! Ever thought about organizing the zine fest? Not sure what organizing is all about? Come hang with us & find out!

Want to volunteer over zine fest weekend? Get in touch—we’d be glad for your help!


Preorder your CZF tote bag!

CZF 2016 tote bag

Our fabulous design for the 2016 Chicago Zine Fest was created by Erik Rodriguez and we’ve put it on a black tote bag for you stylish folk.

Manufactured by our friends at REP CHI, these 100% cotton totes are super sturdy, using 10 oz. cotton construction, durable gusseted sides, and 22-inch long handles. It measures 10″ wide x 14″ high x 5″ deep. In a super unscientific test, we crammed about 65 zines in there–enough to get you through the longest of road trips!

These are currently only available for pickup at the 2016 zine fest on April 30th. Pre-purchase yours now at our online shop.

Every purchase will support the Chicago Zine Fest this year and into the future–thank you!

Friday night lineup announced

We’re delighted to announce what we’ve got planned for the evening of Friday April 29th!!

Panel discussion, 6:30-8 pm: “Permission Not Granted: Women of Color and the Politics of Zines”: a discussion with Leila Abdelrazaq, Sarah Gonzalez, and Monika Harris; moderated by Monica Trinidad. We’re grateful to have the support of the University of Chicago Library in presenting this panel.

Exhibitor reading, 8-9:30pm: Readings from zinesters near and far, including:
Andi Santagata (Sorry Mom Comix)
JC (Tributaries)
Jonas (Cheer the Eff Up)
Marnie Galloway (In the Sounds and Seas)
Rachel & Sari (Hoax)
Taryn Hipp (Lady Teeth)
Tanuja Jagernauth (Brown & Proud Press Collective)
Vicky Lim (Abstract Door)

All our Friday events will take place at Workshop Chicago (935 W Chestnut St, Suite 530). All events during CZF weekend are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible—please plan on joining us for what’s sure to be an epic evening!

CZF at CHIRP Record Fair

One of our sponsors, CHIRP Radio, is hosting the 14th annual CHIRP Record Fair on Saturday April 9th at Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd). It’s a music collector’s delight, with vinyl, CDs, DVDs, posters, and much more. CZF will be holding a small zine-making workshop in the upstairs balcony from 1-3 pm during the Fair—we’d love to see you there!

flyer for the CHIRP Record Fair, April 9 2016

List of CZF 2016 exhibitors

Wondering who will be at the 2016 Chicago Zine Fest? Wonder no more! Find the list of all the exhibitors, panelists, sponsors, and invited guests who will be rocking your world on Saturday April 30th right here!

Baby’s First Zine: a reading


Baby’s First Zine is a reading of local zinesters with selections from (& reflections about) buried-deep first issues & other long-ago published zines & comics! Join us Saturday March 26th at 7 pm at CHIPRC (858 N Ashland Ave) for a fun-filled event.

Dave Roche // On Subbing, About My Disappearance
Celia Pérez // Ofrenda, I Dreamed I Was Assertive
Nichole Baiel // Pieces
Ed Blair // Black Metal of the Americas
Ben Bertin // Porp Takes a Break, Vulcan Strain

$10 donation at the door gets you a drink ticket (we’ll have more cheap drinks for sale, too!), snacks, and a raffle ticket for some sweet prizes. All proceeds go to Chicago Zine Fest 2016! Facebook event here.

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