Visiting Chicago has been on my "to-do" list since the first time I saw Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but never has it seemed more tempting than when I read about this year's Printers' Ball taking place on July 30 at Columbia College Chicago.

The Printers' Ball is a FREE evening of live readings, performances, music and various printing demonstrations. There are tons of free lit mags, books and broadsides for the taking, and the first 500 guests in the door get a limited edition Printers' Ball Busy Beavers button.

This year's theme is "Print loves Digital," a theme hoping to "demonstrate how print and digital media can complement one another." There are tons of exhibits and events helping to promote the co-habitation of print and digital media, including Mark Jeffrey and Judd Morrissey's "The Procession" and Chris Hershey Van Horn's "Text Object".

All in all, it should be a fun night of awesome writing blended with incredible audio and video productions, along with a bunch of freebies and some beer and refreshments. I'm pretty jealous.

Find out all the info you need on the Poetry Foundation's website, here.