Free Printers Row Lit Fest is the Midwest’s largest outdoor literary festival.
When: September 11-12, 2021, Saturday 10 am-6 pm; Sunday 10 am-6 pm
Where: Dearborn Street south of Congress and Harold Washington Library
All programs are free and open to the public this year. Tickets required for each event below. 9/3/2021: Website still not updated!
What is Lit Fest
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. 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.
About Printer’s Row Lit Fest
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.