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Printers Row, Chicago

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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 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.
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  • Printers Row is many streets where the printing of books, publications and other material was done over many years. The buildings have been preserved and are being used in other ways but showing the r...  more »
  • We were in town for a concert and wanted to go someplace different. We visited a couple bars, just a nice quiet area that wasn't so busy.  more »

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