When: June 11-12, 2016, Saturday 11 am-6 pm; Sunday 10 am-5 pm
Where: Dearborn Street south of Congress
Admission to all Fest events is free and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Certain events will require tickets.
Over 200 booksellers, 100 literary events on multiple stages, cooking demos and author book signings at the Midwest’s largest free outdoor literary festival. There are also kids activities such as face painting and crafts. Schedule here. Author line up here. Seating at some events fills up quickly so you may want to bring a portable chair so you can sit just adjacent to the tent. If you’re looking for something to eat Flacos Tacos is right there or check out Cheap East South Loop.
If you want to attend multiple events that require reserved tickets a $35 Fest Pass might come in handy in getting access to tickets. Here are the events that require tickets. Tickets are available to the public May 16.
Each 2016 $35 Fest Pass included:
- Pre-sale access to seats at all indoor programs. Each Fest Pass purchaser can reserve up to 2 pre-sale tickets to each ticketed program.
- Exclusive access to skip book signing lines
- Digital membership to Printers Row Journal (online subscription to the Chicago Tribune Book Section) plus a complimentary e-book.
- Lit Fest tote bag
- Official 2016 Lit Fest commemorative poster
- Complimentary beverage voucher at Lit Fest concessions
In case you were wondering how the Printers Row Book Fair which was a great place to find good deals on used books morphed into it’s current iteration here’s the story:
The Printers Row Book Fair was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city’s bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk), attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books and featuring more than 200 authors participating in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the written word and its support of literacy and literary endeavor, the Chicago Tribune purchased the Printers Row Book Fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board. Recently renamed to be the Printers Row Lit Fest, it is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest-drawing more than 150,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.