Printers Row Lit Fest 2021

The Printers Row Chicago book sale is the largest book festival in the Midwest, and readers from far and wide are anxiously awaiting the 2021 celebrations after the cancelation of the 2020 event. There’s no better time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city while supporting Chicago’s independent bookstores, so learn all about the Printer Row Lit Fest 2021 festivities and start preparing for the big day!

When and Where

If you’ve attended the Printers Row Chicago book fair in the past, you may remember visiting the city during the summer. June is the month in which the festival is historically held. However, Printers Row Lit Fest 2021 will be held on the weekend of September 11th and 12th to follow best COVID practices. The celebrations take place on historic Printers Row, which covers Dearborn Street, Polk Street, and the newly renamed Ida B. Wells Drive (formerly Congress Parkway) in Chicago, IL.


Where can you find Printers Row Lit Fest parking? You can find a parking garage available just a block away at 75 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60605. But, keep in mind that over 100,000 visitors are expected to attend – so arrive early to secure your spot!

Speakers and Schedule

The Printers Row Lit Fest 2021 promises to be one of the best events yet with programs, panels, and workshops covering a wide range of fascinating subjects. While the official schedule will be announced in August, the fest is proud to feature noted author, Ta-Nehisi Coates as a distinguished speaker. Additionally, you can check the schedule for over 100 authors presenting panels on:

  • Arts and poetry
  • Biography
  • Children’s programming
  • Cooking
  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Young adult programs
  • And more!

Plan Your Trip to the Printers Row Fest Today

While you prepare for your trip to the Printers Row Chicago book fair, why not see what else this great city has to offer? Check out some music at RiotFest and plan a visit to the SkyDeck, and see the Windy City like never before. We’re located in the historic Willis Tower – just a 15 minute walk from the festivities. Contact us with any questions about your SkyDeck experience or order your tickets today!