Zine Making 101 Workshop with City Open

Earlier this week, the folks at City Open Workshop invited me to speak about my zine-making process, which we used as a chance to make some zines advocating for Accessory Dwelling Units, ADUs, which are currently banned under Chicago’s zoning code, the legalizing of which City Open and countless housing advocates are pushing for in Chicago and elsewhere. For this, I created slides explaining my story-boarding process and methods I use to add a lot of content in a single 11×17 tabloid-size piece of paper.

Attendees worked alone or in groups, cutting up old urban planning magazines or drawing to build handouts tackling various topics, such as how ADUs can help people “age in place,” or just explaining the concept to lay people. It was a fun, laid back evening discussing serious policy and its implication for potentially improving peoples’ lives and closing housing disparities in Chicago.