The Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest free outdoor literary showcase in the Midwest, is a community-based celebration for book lovers presented by the not-for-profit Near South Planning Board.

More than 100,000 visitors are expected over the two-day festival, which will feature carefully selected offerings from over 100 booksellers; everything from the tattered to the rare to ‘hot off the press,’ newly published works.

Printers Row Lit Fest is located on historic Printers Row (once the bookmaking hub of Chicago!), on and around the area of Dearborn Street, from Polk Street to the newly renamed Ida B. Wells Drive (formerly Congress Parkway) in Chicago.

The 2021 Printers Row Lit Fest takes place on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6.

The official schedule will be posted to our website in May 2021.

All programs are free and open to the public this year. No tickets required.

If you’re interested in becoming a vendor, please download the application here and follow the instructions on the form. If you’re applying after April 2nd, please contact info@thenspb.org.

Please apply for a program by filling out the application form here.

Printers Row Lit Fest features more than 100 authors participating in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs.

Check the Speakers page for updates on this year’s lineup.

All programming is free and open to the public, rain or shine! Seats are available on a first-come first-served basis.

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. Some authors will only sign books purchased at Fest. The types of items they choose to sign will be at their discretion and may be limited in number.

For each author event, the Printers Row Lit Fest steering committee selects a bookseller to sell the books.

The Printers Row Lit Fest has programming for family and kids held within the heart of the outdoor programming. Please check the Center Stage line-up for more info. Additional activities for kids and families are being organized in and around this programming stage.

Kids are invited to come to the Fest on Saturday morning dressed in their favorite character or action hero with a favorite hat or tu tu or with just their old magic wand to march around Dearborn Street to amuse ourselves and others. Congregate behind Center Stage at 10:30. 
Bonnie Sanchez Carlson, President, Near South Planning Board, Presenting Organization
Bette Cerf Hill, Founder, Printers Row Book Fair
Amy Danzer, Director of Programming
Elizabeth Taylor, Art Advisor
Haley Carlson, Event Coordinator, Dare Mighty Things Production
Beth Silverman, Public Relations Silverman Group Chicago
David Csicsko, 2021 Poster Designer
Steve Musgrave, 2019 Poster Designer
Rudy Barcenas, Assistant Director, Near South Planning Board
Danny Carlson, Program Assistant

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