History of Printers Row Lit Fest
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, attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books, and featuring seven stages with more than 100 free literary programs.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the written word and its support of literacy and literary endeavor, the Chicago Tribune purchased the book fair in 2002 and renamed it the Printers Row Lit Fest. Today it is considered to be the largest free literary event in the Midwest – drawing more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.
The festival will take place on Dearborn and Polk Street between Harrison and Polk. For programming located in Jones College Prep High School, the entrance is off of State Street.
Hours for the street festival:
Lil' Lit Park
The Chicago Tribune 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.