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The first Chicago Art Book Fair is dedicated to showcasing emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. The fair features an international group of over 100 arts publishers, small presses, book artists, comics artists, zinemakers and printmakers. The fair will take place over the course of three and a half days from November 16–19, and will also feature satellite programming and after parties. CABF is free and open to the public.

10.11.17

Welcome to our new and updated website! CABF is just over one month away, and we can't wait to see you. Continue below to find out more about us, this year's exhibitors, and confirmed events. Keep an eye out here for more details, especially as we add more programs to the calendar.

exhibitors

Jury Selection

The applications for CABF are reviewed and selected by No Coast and a peer jury of 22 local artists, printmakers, publishers and librarians dedicated to supporting CABF's mission. Exhibitors are chosen based on aggregate scores in response to the strength of their portfolios as submitted.

Applications

Applications for the 2017 Chicago Art Book Fair have closed. Please stay tuned here for information on the next fair, which will be released in Spring 2018.

program

Main Venue & Exhibition Hours

Thursday, Nov 16: 6–9p (Opening/Preview)
Friday, Nov 17:   12–7p
Saturday, Nov 18: 11a–7p
Sunday, Nov 19:   12–6p

Anchor Sites

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Coming Soon

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The first Chicago Art Book Fair is dedicated to showcasing emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. The fair features an international group of over 100 arts publishers, small presses, book artists, comics artists, zinemakers and printmakers. The fair will take place over the course of three and a half days from November 16–19, and will also feature satellite programming and after parties. CABF is free and open to the public.

The Chicago Art Book Fair is a project of No Coast, a collaborative venture which is equal parts master printer for artists and an affordable, publicly accessible distributor for contemporary art. After our travels around the world to different art book fairs, collections, stores, galleries, and libraries, we hope to bring our experiences of many, varied arts publishing events to Chicago. While Chicago is and has been home to many yearly convenings of print enthusiasts, this is the first following the “Art Book Fair” model that has spread to so many communities in recent years.

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ACCESSIBILITY: All ADA Accessible event locations are denoted with the “” symbol in the Program section. Specific accessibility questions can be directed to us via email (below).

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WAYS TO PAY: CABF is free to enter but it is a vendor-based event. It is up to individual exhibitors as to how they will accept payments, but most will be able to accept credit and debit cards via mobile payment technology. If paying cash, ATMs are plentiful in downtown Chicago, but please try to come prepared with small bills. All satellite programming is free, with the exception of sliding scale entry for our Saturday night event.

Staff

Co-Founders and Directors:
Aay Preston-Myint & Alexander Valentine

Assistant Directors:
Imani Jackson & Conor Stechschulte

Graphic Design: Platform

Volunteers

Max Morris
Yewon Kwon
Kane Shirley
Paige Landesberg
Martha Morimoto
Rowan Howe
Will Krauland
Julia Kulon
Nicole Del Rio
Renata Cruz Lara