FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest?
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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 (South Dearborn Street from Harrison to Polk, Harold Washington Library Center and Jones College Prep High School), attracting more than 150 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books and featuring more than 150 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.

Where is Printers Row Lit Fest?
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Printers Row Lit Fest is located on historic Printers Row, on and around the area of Dearborn Street, from South Dearborn Street from Harrison to Polk, Harold Washington Library Center and Jones College Prep High School streets in Chicago. Click here to see a map and for directions.

When does Printers Row Lit Fest take place?
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Events occur from:
Saturday, June 10 -- 10AM - 6PM
Sunday, June 11 -- 10AM - 6PM

We can't wait to see you there!

Where can I see this year's schedule?
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For the official Lit Fest schedule, check back soon.

If I have a ticket, when should I arrive for my program?
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It is best to arrive to free programs about 30 minutes before ticketed events are scheduled to begin. If you have a reservation for a free program, and have not arrived 15 minutes before the program begins, your ticket will be released and you will be directed to a waiting line.

If I don't have a ticket, can I still get into the Lit Fest's programs?
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Don't despair! A limited number of same-day tickets will be available on a first-come-first-served basis beginning 15 minutes before starting time.

Who exhibits at Printers Row Lit Fest?
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For a full list of 2017 Lit Fest Exhibitors check back soon.

How can I exhibit at Printers Row Lit Fest?
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To become an exhibitor at the 2017 Printers Row Lit Fest, please fill out an application here.

I am an author. How can I particpate at Printers Row Lit Fest?
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The deadline has past for program participation for this year's event.

Who is speaking at Printers Row Lit Fest?
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Printers Row Lit Fest features more than 200 authors participating in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs.

How can I attend events at Printers Row Lit Fest?
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Admission to all Fest events is free and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Certain events will require tickets.

Will I have a chance to have one of my books signed?
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All Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest authors are asked to remain after their event for at least one hour to sign copies of their books at official Fest book-signing areas. For each author event, the Printers Row Lit Fest steering committee selects an exhibitor to sell the books.

What does Printers Row Lit Fest offer for children?
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The Printers Row Lit Fest will include the Lil' Lit Park where kids and parents can enjoy storytelling, costumed characters, performances, sing-alongs, and special activities coordinated by educational and cultural groups.