Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest


"The Printers Row Lit Fest 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 Printer's Row Lit Fest, it is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest-drawing more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase." (Chicago Tribune)

The summer festival season gets its early start with the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, celebrating its 29th year. On Saturday morning it was in full swing, with people pouring through the entrances. On Sunday it will operate between 10 a.m. and 6p.m. If you are a book lover, the Lit Fest is the place to be. Bring money. There is something to satisfy everyone, from used and bargain priced books to first editions and rare antiquities.

The Lit Fest offers book signings by authors, seminars, and talks by Chicago personalities. The Fest also has entertainment for children at the Lil' Lit Park. Storytelling, sing alongs, acrobatic acts, and other attractions are provided to entertain and fascinate children and adults.

Here you can find the full schedule of events.

The Chicago Tribune also publishes "Printers Row Fiction and Journal", billed as more than just a book section. It is a weekly "membership society for book lovers". It is a subscription service with three options.

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