Local Resources

From Idea Shop Wiki

The Idea Shop may be the first step in your prototyping journey, but should not be the last. There are many local resources just a train ride away. Please note that the Idea Shop may not be directly affiliated with any of these organizations so please check out their website for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

On-Campus Resources

There are many shops located on Illinois Tech's Mies Campus. Please note that not all shops are open to students. Please inquire about using a shop or their services by contacting them directly.

College of Architecture Model Shop

Website : https://arch.iit.edu/about/labs

The Illinois Tech College of Architecture Model Shop is located in the southeast part of campus behind Galvin library. Currently, the model shop is only open to architecture majors with appropriate trainings.

The Minerals and Metals Research Building
3350 S Federal Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
Laser Cutters
CNC Routers
3D Printers
General workspace

Smart Tech Lab

Website : https://www.iit.edu/smartlab

The Smart Tech Lab focuses on smart technologies and embedded systems and also has classroom space for the Digital Systems Technologies and Embedded Systems masters specialization within the ITM program.

Tech Park South Building Room 2030
Embedded Systems Lab

Robert B. Kyts Design Studio and Machine Shop

Website : https://www.iit.edu/machine-shop

The Robert B. Kyts Design Studio and Machine Shop

John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center
10 West 32nd Street, Room 141
Chicago, IL 60616
Machining service specializing in small-quantity custom parts

Off-Campus Resources

Please visit each website in order to inquire about which resources are available and at what cost. Besides mHUB, Illinois Tech is not affiliated with any other maker space.


Website : https://mhubchicago.com/

Located in Chicago's River West neighborhood, mhub is one of the largest makerspaces in Chicago. As a student of Illinois Tech, you have free access to this space. In order to become a member, you must apply as a student using this link: student application (make sure you select Illinois Institute of technology for university affiliation).

965 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642

South Side Hackerspace: Chicago

Website : https://sshchicago.org/
Wiki : https://wiki.sshchicago.org/wiki/Main_Page
1048 W. 37th St., Suite 105, Chicago, IL 60609

Pumping Station One

Website : https://pumpingstationone.org/
3519 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618

Analytics Lounge

Website : http://www.analyticslounge.org/

Makerspace/community physics and chemistry lab.

Chicago Maker Space

Website : https://www.chicagomakerspace.com/
2635 S Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60616

Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center

Website : https://www.ciadc.org/
6433 N Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60626

Harold Washington Library Center Maker Lab

Website : https://www.chipublib.org/maker-lab/
400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Lillstreet Art Center

Website : https://lillstreet.com/
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60640

Spudnik Press Cooperative

Website : https://www.spudnikpress.org/

Community print studio located in West Loop.

1821 W Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60622