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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 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 Printers Row Book Fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board. Renamed 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.

The Illinois Woman’s Press Association will once again host a tent at the PRLF – one of the highlights of our membership year.

JUST ONE SUNDAY SLOT LEFT! First come, first served. Want to receive the IWPA member discount? Click here to join us. 

Click the link below to secure your reservation today! And please share this information with your networks.

Need help? Contact Art Brauer, IWPA’s Printer’s Low Lit Fest Coordinator, at art@dreamerstapestry.com.

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