Community: Matched Gift Program


Based on the success of last year’s campaign, several private donors have together pledged to match every donation between now and August 31st, up to $10,000. This means we can double in value every single dollar you donate to us over the next several months; $10,000 raised + $10,000 matched = $20,000 towards furthering our Mission!

Help us maximize this opportunity by making a tax-deductible donation today!

To read how the Matched Gift donations will be used to further our Mission, please click here.

Education: Embarc at CIADC

This past Friday CIADC and Embarc Chicago joined forces to bring local students from Sullivan High School into the shops for a day of immersive education, access and community. The kids jumped right in and knocked out projects from three of our departments: Metalworking & Forging, Woodworking, and Casting & Molding.

In each department, the student’s eyes were wide but focused as they worked. In the Metal Shop, Olivia taught the students how to forge, hammer and twist a piece of bar stock into a handy key fob. Up in the Woodshop, Erik guided the students on the bandsaw to produce a small box. And in Casting & Molding, Micki and Julia had the students independently design their own scratch molds and then poured 1,200 degree hot aluminum get poured into them to create a cast of their design.  

Embarc’s goal is to drive student success with long-term social and cultural exposure. Through the transformative power of these journeys, Embarc awaken students to the possibilities of their potential by dissolving the borders of the city and in their minds. Inspired by Embarc’s important work, CIADC is excited to announce the gift of 30 full-tuition scholarships to local teens. CIADC is working with both Sullivan High School and the Chicago Math & Science Academy to identify scholarship recipients.

CIADC Offers Tour of Renowned Crab Tree Farm Collection

CIADC Members and a Guest are invited to a private tour of Crab Tree Farm on Saturday, May 5th from 10 am to 1 pm. 
Crab Tree Farm is a living museum just north of Lake Bluff, IL. Several of the buildings display Arts and Crafts collections in settings that have been created to reflect the aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts movement. In addition to these buildings there is a full time woodworker, Mike Jarvi, with an active workshop specializing in bent wood furniture. A highlight of past tours is a prototype panel of Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate (The Bean), on display in the gardens. This is a unique opportunity that is only available to a handful of private groups each year so don’t miss out!
Cost is $20 per person (payable onsite, the day of the event), an includes lunch. Everyone will meet at the Crab Tree Farm on May 5.

Please RSVP with number of people attending to no later than April 21. Hurry, there's only 20 spaces available!


CIADC Welcomes Tyler Smith

CIADC welcomes Tyler Smith, a Misericordia resident, to our Team! Tyler was recently hired to help with custodial, light maintenance, and general organization of our facility. Tyler’s off-campus employment goal was to work at an art center, and we’re happy to have him in our creative community! Say hello to Tyler when you see him!

CIADC hopes to be able to work more with the Misericordia community.


Clark Devon Hardware Partners with CIADC

We are happy to announce that local home and commercial building materials and hardware experts, Clark Devon Hardware, has teamed up with CIADC with the construction of the new CNC Studio this Spring! Clark-Devon Hardware will supply the carpentry and electrical materials and supplies needed to build-out the two new spaces for our CNC router and future CNC plasma machines.

With this reduced build-out expense, CIADC will be able to purchase additional computers for the Technology & Design Department capable of running powerful CAD/CAM programs for the CNC machines.

A very big thank you to Ken Walchak and all of Clark Devon Hardware!


CIADC Awards Scholarships to Local Teens

The Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center is excited to announce the gift of 30 full-tuition scholarships to local teens (a $6,000 value)! CIADC is working with both Sullivan High School and the Chicago Math & Science Academy to identify scholarship recipients.

"Learning to create sculpture, furniture, product, or ornament in an industrial shop environment using power tools with permanent materials and technology not only teaches design, vocational skill, and technique, but  also instills confidence, teaches responsibility, develops problem-solving and organization skill sets, fosters creativity, and empowers! These traits are transferable no matter the career path chosen."

CIADC is proud to give this opportunity to local Rogers Park teens this May!

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Spring Open House and Bronze Pour


Saturday, March 10, 2018 // 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Join us for our seasonal open house with tours through our four shop departments in Casting & Molding, Metalworking & Forging, Technology & Design, and Woodworking ~ CIADC.ORG

There will be a bronze pour in the casting department at approximately 1:30pm along with regular open studio work in progress in the other departments.

Also check out our extended exhibition of CIADC Instructors works with contributions by Andrew Barco, Olivia Juárez, John Kurman, Micki LeMeuix, Erik Newman, and Quentin Shaw.

Education: New 5-Week Courses Start Next Week

New 5-Week Teen and Adult Classes Start the Week of February 5 – The next set adult Intro-level *and* Teen classes are right around the corner; come learn how to safely and effectively make 3D objects in castable materials, metal, wood, and with technology:

5-Week Teen Classes

Casting for Teens
Wednesdays, 4pm-6pm, starting 2/7

Metalworking & Forging for Teens
Wednesdays, 4pm-6pm, starting 2/7

SketchUp 3D Computer Aided Design for Teens
Wednesdays, 4pm-6pm, starting 2/14

Woodworking for Teens 
Wednesdays, 4pm-6pm, starting 2/7

Adult 5-Week Intro Classes

Intro to Mold Making & Casting
Wednesdays, 9am-12pm, starting 2/7
Saturdays, 9am-12pm, starting 2/10

Intro to SketchUp: 3D Computer Aided Design
Wednesdays, 7pm-10pm, starting 2/14
Saturdays, 9am-12pm, starting 2/10


Education: Intro Courses begin Saturday, January 6

CIADC classes have begun this week – and there's still time to join a variety of intro and continuing classes in all departments:

Saturday Morning 5-Week Classes starting Jan 6

Intro to Mold Making & Casting
(5-weeks) Saturdays, 9am-12pm

Intro to SketchUp: 3D Computer Aided Design
(5-weeks) Saturdays, 9am-12pm

Intro to Woodworking 
(5-weeks) Saturdays, 9am-12pm

Monday Evening 10-Week Classes starting Jan 8

Beginning/Continuing Mold Making & Casting
(10-weeks) Mondays, 7pm-10pm

Beginning/Continuing Metalworking & Forging 
(10-weeks) Mondays, 7pm-10pm

Beginning/Continuing Woodworking 
(10-weeks) Mondays, 7pm-10pm

Wednesday Classes Classes starting Jan 10

SketchUp 3D Computer Aided Design for Teens: Ages 12-15  **SALE**

(5-weeks) Wednesdays, 4pm-6pm

Continuing Woodworking
(10-weeks) Wednesdays, 7pm-10pm


Fall Open House and Opening Reception for Review – November 18

Join us from 1-3 PM on Saturday, November 18 to celebrate the new works created at CIADC in 2017. Review will feature exemplary objects from a year of making at Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center – with works by Andrew Barco, Barbara Bejna with Nicole Hollander, Brian Blankstein, David Curry, Susan Curry, Jeff Filo, Peter Mikalajunas, Erik Newman, and Jeff Visotsky.

The entire facility will be open for the event, with work activity in Metalworking, Woodworking, and Casting. Image above – Bird by Susan Curry.

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Access: Open House Chicago at CIADC


Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 architecturally significant buildings across Chicago. This year, the Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center location at 6433 North Ravenswood Avenue will be one of the featured locations open to the public on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15.

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Come learn about the engineering/construction accomplishment and the past tenants of thebuilding we occupy – tour our shops and hear about our adult and teen programming!

Tours on Saturday from 8:30am to 7pm, and Sunday from 12pm – 4pm.

Exhibitions: Call for Entries – Review

Review will be our year-end survey of new works created at CIADC during 2017.

We are seeking your exemplary objects from a year of making in metal, wood, casting, and design – wrap up the year and show us your best work! CIADC Members and Students interested in taking part in this exhibit should complete a “Call for Entry” exhibition form available at the front desk.

To participate, please complete a submission form by Monday, October 23

·      Works will be selected and coordinated by Monday, October 30

·      Drop-off will take place November 6 through November 12

·      The exhibit will open on Saturday, November 18


Community: Join the CIADC Online Member Gallery

We want to show off our Members! Current Members please send an email to, subject line “CIADC Online Member Gallery” with the following:

1. One representative image of your work, as an attachment

  • sized at a 1:1 square ratio, minimum 1000px by 1000px at 72ppi
  • saved as a .jpg file extension, with a filename yourlastname_worktitle

2. Title of work, or Untitled

3. (Optional) URL link to personal website or other online portfolio used to redirect when your image is clicked

4. Your first name and last name as you would like it to appear


Need help documenting your work? Join our two-day workshop led by Matt Runfola – Photographing 3D Objects: Digitally Documenting Your Work (ITD520-02) – CIADC Members receive a 50% discount on tuition; use Promo Code Photo50 at checkout!

Additional Fall Workshops Start October 17

Education: Register Now for Fall and Receive Discounted Tuition


Register Now! Fall Teen and Adult Classes Begin Monday, September 11

Casting & Molding (**Save 10% through 9/10**)
modeling, mold-making, and casting of 3D objects in aluminum, bronze, and more!

Metalworking & Forging (**Save 10% through 9/10**)
cutting, shaping, welding, and finishing 3D objects in steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and bronze!

Technology & Design (**Save 10% through 9/10**)
3D Computer-Aided Design: design for shop construction, rendering for presentation, and CNC output!

Woodworking (**Save 10% through 9/10**)
cutting, shaping, joining, and finishing 3D objects in hardwoods, sheet goods, and lumber!

Fall Workshops

Teen Classes (Ages 12-15)
in all 4 Departments!

Holiday Immersion Classes (Ages 16+) (**Save 10% through 9/10**)
1-week, Mon-Fri classes in each Department. 3-hour -or- 6-hour per day options!