The Neo-Futurists are proud to produce this year’s annual Lit Crawl Chicago 2018, co-curated by Jessica Anne (Neo-Futurist Alum), Gwynn Fulcher (Artistic Associate), and Lindsay Muscato (Write Club, Neo-Futurist affiliate)!

On Saturday, September 22nd, Lit Crawl kicks off at 3:00PM with The Paper Machete Chicago’s long-running “live magazine” hosted at The Green Mill. From there, crawlers will twist and turn through the streets of Andersonville and Edgewater, tracking down their most favorite and newly-found discovery amongst the Chicago writing and performance communities. Featuring over 30 individual artists and curated reading series, in 9 different venues, the whole event accumulates with a reading and conversation with highly-acclaimed Samantha Irby!

Browse the full lists of readers, artists and venues by clicking the “Full Line-up” tab. Most of the crawl is FREE! To purchase tickets to Samantha Irby, or The Neo-Futurist’s remount of Tangles & Plaques, click the links below.

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Samantha Irby headlines Lit Crawl Chicago 2018

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Samantha Irby
Reading, Book Signing, and Interview with Ian Belknap
Saturday, September 22 at 9pm
Ebenezer Church

The final event of the day takes the Crawl to Ebenezer Lutheran Church at 9pm: Samantha Irby headlines, reading from her upcoming projects and talking with WRITE CLUB founder Ian Belknap. Samantha Irby writes the blog bitches gotta eat and has published multiple books, including meaty and we are never meeting in real life. Bring your copy or purchase a book from our friends at Women and Children First during a post-show book signing.

Lit Crawl Chicago 2018 begins at 3PM at the Green Mill and goes on into the night. Here is a list of all scheduled events by venue and start time:


The Green Mill – 4802 N Broadway Ave

  • The Paper Machete – 3PM


Alleycat Comics – 5304 N Clark St

  • This Dress Has Pockets! (Full of Severed Fingers) – 5PM
  • Lily Be Storytelling Workshop – 6PM


Coffee Studio – 5628 N Clark St

  • Ian Belknap – 4PM
  • Miss Spoken – 5PM
  • Story Club – 6PM
  • Psychotic Break – 7PM


Early to Bed – 5044 N Clark St

  • Sex & Candy – 8PM


Ebenezer Lutheran Church – 1650 W Foster Ave

  • Samantha Irby Reading & Book Signing 9PM


  • Theatre Y – 6:30

Hopleaf – 5148 N Clark St

  • Junior Varsity – 4PM
  • Tuesday Funk – 5PM
  • The Skewer – 6PM
  • Drinking & Writing – 7PM


The Neo-Futurists – 5153 N Ashland Ave


Swedish American Museum – 5211 N Clark Street

  • One Yeah Chekhov – 5PM
  • You’re Being Ridiculous – 6PM
  • Written on the Body – 7PM


Women & Children First – 5233 N Clark St

  • Storytime with Drag Queens – 5PM
  • Poems While You Wait – 5:30PM (happening outside the store)
  • W&CF Book Panel – 7:30PM