Chicago Zine Fest


Chicago Zine Fest

Bring your family nerds to the Chicago Zine Fest at Plumbers Union Hall May 5-6, and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside!

What is a zine? Think magazine, only take off the “maga!” The Chicago Zine Fest celebrates small publishers and independent presses. There will be workshops, readings by zine writers and comic artists for participants of all ages! Enjoy exhibits from around the country. Attend a special Friday night panel discussion, “Tools of Survival: Using Zines for Self-Care.”

Workshops: Zines the Next Generation with youth educator Alex Nall; Experimental Drawing Techniques with Mackenzie M-B (bring a sketch book); Button Making with the Busy Beaver Button Company; Sticker-making & Arts and Crafts; Ever Loving Bastion of Freakdom: A Retrospection of Quimby’s Bookstore, with Alex Nall; and many more.

Exhibitors: Low Blow Comics; Beyond Paper Walls; Blue Pear Projects; Anxious Ink; Hasty Pastry; Wild Pages; No Pants Revolution; Inward Bound Comic; Strange Events; Bandit Zine; Tale of the Gray Wolf; Inferiority Bistro; and many more.

Plumbers Union Hall is located at 1340West Washington Boulevard in Chicago. For more information and a complete schedule of events, go online to and follow the prompts. Search for the 2017 Zine Fest Poster, by artist Mike Centeno.

Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside, just minutes away from the Chicago Zine Fest at Plumbers Union Hall, offers free shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport in Chicago. The hotel offers affordable, comfortable rooms, a breakfast bar and restaurant and much more. The hotel is pet friendly and offers AAA rates.