Chicago Athletic Association
12 S Michigan Ave


Friday, Nov. 15: 5–9p


Saturday, Nov. 16: 11a–7p
Sunday, Nov. 17: 12–6p


in “The Tank” (1st floor) and Stagg Court (4th floor)


CABF Program Hall (1st floor), also accessible via 71 E Madison entrance.

The Game Room and the Drawing Room Library Display Case (2nd Floor), accessible via the main lobby stairs and elevators.

"The Alcove" (4th floor), hosted by the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, outside the entrance to Stagg Court.

  • Ongoing Installation: Leah Mackin

    Ongoing Installation: Leah Mackin

    Drawing Room (CAA 2nd Floor)

    The Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection presents an installation of Leah Mackin's [table 126A] large format textile prints, on view all weekend in the Drawing Room Display Case during CABF open hours.

  • Ongoing Pop-Up: Joan Flasch Reading Room

    Ongoing Pop-Up: Joan Flasch Reading Room

    "The Alcove" (CAA 4th Floor)

    The Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, a Special Collection of the John M. Flaxman Library at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has a space for you to read and relax in The Alcove on the 4th floor of the CAA just outside the fair. We'll have comfortable places to sit, book blankets, reading material, and you're welcome to BYO(Books). Learn about our collection of artists' books that spans 80 years and over 11,500 items. The Reading Room is open during fair hours all weekend.

  • Opening Night Celebration

    Opening Night Celebration

    Game Room (CAA 2nd Floor)

    CABF welcomes our exhibitors and guests with a friendly and fierce evening of music from DJs CQQCHIFRUIT (Trqpiteca, Chances Dances) and Nina Ramone (Chances Dances).

  • Black Lunch Table: Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

    Black Lunch Table: Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

    Program Hall (CAA 1st Floor)

    Black Lunch Table (BLT) is an ongoing collaboration between New York-based artist, Heather Hart, and Chicago-based artist Jina Valentine. BLT mobilizes a democratic rewriting of contemporary cultural history by animating discourse around and among the people living it.

    BLT Wikipedia edit-a-thons are a collective authoring of a specific set of articles and empower people to write their own history. Edit-a-thons are open to everyone, and we train participants to create, update, and improve Wikipedia entries pertaining to the lives and works of black artists. While Wikipedia is an open source social network, wherein anyone has an equal voice in writing and editing historical records, currently 85% of Wikipedia editors are male and 77% are white. We are actively cultivating a more diverse editorship, in addition to encouraging editors in the majority demographic to focus on this often marginalized or omitted subject matter.

  • Shelf Shelf Book Launch: *ON / Rules*

    Shelf Shelf Book Launch: ON / Rules

    Program Hall (CAA 1st Floor)

    A converstation on aesthetic and sonic responses to incarceration and other systems of control by ON / Rules contributors and interdisciplinary artists Maria Gaspar and Josh Rios, moderated by Lucas Reif of Shelf Shelf [table 409B]. More details TBA.

  • GenderFail: Talking Through *Radical Softness as a Boundless Form of Resistance*

    GenderFail: Talking Through Radical Softness as a Boundless Form of Resistance

    Program Hall (CAA 1st Floor)

    An informal panel discussion with Nat Pyper [table 116A], Adriana Monsalve [117A] and Malia Haines [109], moderated by GenderFail founder Be Oakley [115]. Oakley will present their ongoing work Radical Softness as a Boundless Form of Resistance to open up a conversation on resistance, dissemination, authorship, and ableism, among other ideas. Each panelist will speak fluidly to how this statement engages their diverse publishing and artistic practices. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions, engage and respond throughout the program.

  • Official CABF After Party with Haute to Death

    Official CABF After Party with Haute to Death

    Sleeping Village, 3734 W Belmont

    Haute to Death [table 448] collapses the space between sound and vision, exploring new frontiers in nightlife culture. For many, the Detroit-based monthly staple is more than a party, it has become a coveted refuge to feel wild and free, to feel release, to feel accepted and loved, a provocation for guests to be their truest selves. H2D plays an open-format, feel-good mix of disco, house, electronic, new-wave, whatever feels good. We’re not purists, we just want to dance to our favorite songs.

  • Other Forms Book Launch: J. Dakota Brown & Danielle Aubert

    Other Forms Book Launch: J. Dakota Brown & Danielle Aubert

    Program Hall (CAA 1st Floor)

    Please join us for a double launch and discussion of J Dakota Brown’s Typogaphy, Automation, and the Division of Labor (Other Forms Publishing, table 125A) and Danielle Aubert’s The Detroit Printing Co-op (Inventory Press.) After brief introductions of the author’s respective publications, we will have an open discussion, moderated by Jack Henrie Fisher, around intersecting themes of labor, capitalism, politics, and printing.

  • Green Lantern Book Launch: Mika Yamamoto

    Green Lantern Book Launch: Mika Yamamoto

    Program Hall (CAA 1st Floor)

    Join us for a reading with Mika Yamamoto, Matthew Kelsey, and Imani Love to celebrate the launch of Mika Yamamoto’s pamphlet, “Letter to Artists & Letter to Students,” part of the On Civil Disobedience series from Green Lantern Press [table 135].

    "Letter to Artists & Letter to Students" meditates on the personal costs of civil disobedience, and using writing to fight the forces of injustice and forge connection. These letters were written after a lengthy legal battle following Yamamoto's termination from an elementary school in Midland, Michigan after delivering a speech to middle schoolers in which she encouraged them to use their voices for power.