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Check out the CZF 2016 artwork

We’re thrilled to reveal our 2016 artwork, created by Chicago artist & graphic designer Erik Rodriguez. Do you love it?? ‘Cause we sure do!!!


Check out more of his incredible work at The Illustrated Press and at his online portfolio.

Call for CZF 2016 workshops

Each year the Chicago Zine Fest holds an exciting exhibition featuring hundreds of zinesters, distros, independent presses, and artists. But, we’re also proud to offer a slate of interactive workshops, engaging panels, and interesting presentations from our peers, community partners, and invited guests.

Are you interested in hosting a workshop? Do you have an idea for a panel or the know-how for an instructive session? Is there something you’ve always felt was missing from our programming? We wanna hear about it!

Send us your workshop proposals by Sunday January 31st by submitting this form. We’ll be in touch by the end of February regarding our workshop selections.

CZF Pizza Jam


Artwork by the wonderful Kevin Budnik

Come hang out with the Chicago Zine Fest crew at Dimo’s Pizza in Wicker Park (1615 N Damen Ave) on January 12, 2016 from 6 pm – 10 pm for our annual pizza jam party! We’ll provide you with drawing materials, paper, and prompts, and you will create the artwork for a pizza-themed zine that we will put together! There will also be a live reading from some local zinesters and artists. Dimo’s is also providing $2 PBR drink specials and $1 from every slice of pizza sold will go to benefit CZF 2016! Come on out for our first fundraiser of the new year! (Facebook event here.)

Get ready for CZF Bingo!


Fabulous artwork by Cathy Hannah

This year Chicago Zine Fest hosts our fifth annual Bingo Night fundraiser Thursday, December 10 at Logan Bar and Grill, 2230 N California Ave. The fun starts at 7 pm.

Zine Fest Bingo is always a great time. Our special guest bingo caller will be notable Chicago based comics artist Neil Brideau who will regale you with smart, humorous banter while calling out the winning numbers. Plus Logan Bar will have $2 PBR specials for the event.

There is an entry donation of $10 which includes your bingo card good for multiple rounds. Each round allows a chance to win! You can purchase multiple cards for $5 each to double your luck.

Win spectacular prizes from local businesses including Quimby’s Bookstore, Handlebar, Second City, Curbside Splendor Publishing, Letter Writers Alliance, Kozie Prery, and work from Chicago artists David Alvarado, Corrine Mucha and more!

All proceeds benefit CZF 2016. Win prizes, support self-publishing and have fun! Sign up to join us at the Facebook event.

Zine workshop at the Chicago Book Expo

Chicago Book Expo 2015 logo

This Saturday November 21st, CZF will be hosting a zine-making workshop at the Chicago Book Expo! Come join us at 2 pm to learn a bit of zine history then make your own! No skills required and all ages are welcome. You can find more information about all the events happening at the Chicago Book Expo on their website.

Little Indie Press Festival

CZF will be a part of the first Little Indie Press Festival this weekend, sponsored by and held at the Columbia College Library. It’ll be like a mini-zine/comix/indie lit fest! It’s Saturday November 14th from noon-4 pm, so come say hello and check out the festivities! Facebook event with more details here.

Flyer for Little Indie Press Festival

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