Let's Get "Lit"!
Hey guys! Happy Festival Season! It officially kicked off this past weekend with Do Division in West Town, with temps in the 90s and Chicago definitely feeling like summertime! This upcoming weekend is filled to the brim with fest options as well. There's Rib Fest, the Food Truck Social in Pilsen, Blues Fest, and our neighborhood's very own Lit Fest. No, 'lit' is not in reference to copious alcohol consumption (although, we like and condone this addition). The word 'lit' is short for literary. Don't start yawning just yet...
Bespoke is located on Dearborn in Printer's Row, a historic 2 block strip where printing and publishing companies used to exist. A couple turn of the century presses have been preserved and displayed on Printer's Row corners, Sandmeyer's Book Store admirably stocks and sells classics and newbies alike, and Dearborn Station stands tall and proud in the middle of Polk. This area of Printer's Row is charming and on many's radar in the South Loop.
So why attend Lit Fest? This literary festival began in 2002 and has since grown to a weekend attendance up to 150,000 visitors! It was dubbed the largest book fair in the Midwest in 2010, and nearly 200 high profile authors engage in speakings, readings, and book signings. Some of these engagements are free while others cost a small amount; however, we recommend to reserve tickets for any and all events to ensure a seat.
Booths are set up along the street. Used and new books, journals and other arts and crafts may be purchased by pursuers. If you want to take advantage of 'lit's double meaning, Bar Louie, Kasey's (local neighborhood bar), and Hax (a brand new restaurant and bar) are right there for you to drop in and check out. We will be open on Saturday from 10-3, so please feel free to stop in and say hi or make an appointment with our limited spots left! See you there!
Cheers to beers and books!