Support CIADC: 2016 Makers Ball on Saturday, June 18

Dear CIADC Community:
The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center’s annual fundraising event, the2016 Makers Ball, is just over 2 weeks away!  Join us on June 18th, from 7pm-11pm at our 6433 N. Ravenswood Ave. home and help celebrate what has been an incredible first year of programming!
The 2016 Makers Ball will be a celebration, most definitely. However, the event plays a much bigger role as a fundraiser to help fill the operations revenue shortcomings that are typical with a start-up organization. The Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that relies on charitable contributions to help fulfill our mission of providing education, working access, and community to 3D object makers working with materials and processes requiring specialized skill-sets, industrial workspace, and shop equipment. With classes and open studio access, we have helped nearly 550 people realize their creative projects in Casting and Molding, Metalworking, Technology, and Woodworking since we opened our doors May 11, 2015!

How can you help? 

  1. Purchase tickets to the 2016 Makers Ball to attend, as a gift, or even as a donation  
  2. Become a 2016 Makers Ball Sponsor / Donor at a level right for you or your business  
  3. Participate in “night-of” fundraising activities:
    • Donate a CIADC Department-specific tool or material on our Helping Hands board
    • Bid on Silent Auction items (Vacation home stay in Western Michigan, Cubs tickets, Runfola Studios Furniture, restaurant and wine basket gift certificates, CIADC Member-made candleholders, etc.)
    • Pull a number for the Wine Cork Pull
    • Purchase 50/50 raffle tickets  
  4. Spread the word:
  5. Volunteer by emailing with subject line “Volunteer”, and note when you can help. We will email you with details!
    • Friday 6/17 (heavy moving, plus sweeping) transform shops to party hall!
    • Saturday 6/18 setup/decorate CIADC for Makers Ball
    • Saturday 6/18 Makers Ball event activities
    • Saturday 6/18 post-event “light” cleanup
    • Sunday 6/19 (heavy moving) re-setup CIADC for industrial arts activities!

The 2016 Makers Ball is the can’t miss event for June, featuring live music from the Amazing Heeby Jeebies, food from Sauce and Bread Kitchen, wine fromH2Vino, beer from Revolution Brewing and Half Acre Beer. I look forward to seeing you there!
Matthew Runfola

Upcoming Events

CIADC will be hosting a variety of new events in the next few months – here's a preview of a few Industrial Arts & Design happenings to keep on your radar.

Lake FX Summit at Chicago Cultural Center

Starting on Friday, May 13 CIADC will be one of the participants in the sprawling second year of Lake FX – check out the full schedule listings online, and stop by the CIADC table to say hello and help spread the word to the rest of the city!

Blueprints Opening Reception at CIADC

On Saturday, May 21 from 4-6 PM we will host the opening of the next exhibition at Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center. Blueprints will feature 3D projects from each department at CIADC, including works by Aushra Abouzeid, Natalie Kling, Natalie Kling, Sarah Lu, and Bruce Church with Jessica Feith and Laura Miracle, alongside 2D designs by over one hundred artists from Chicago and across the world. (Currently, there are entrants from five continents in the project!)

CIADC will be accepting submissions for Blueprints throughout the run of the exhibit, ending July 2, 2016. To participate, fill out the project form at and send image(s) via email to   

Chicago Sculpture International at Chicago Cultural Center

At 1 PM on Saturday, May 21 CIADC member Jill King will be leading of a 90 minute presentation with Karen Gubitz as a part of the CSI series Women Sculptors of Chicago, Not for Men Only!

Makerbot Makeathon at CIADC

Starting at 10 AM on Saturday, June 11 CIADC will be the Chicago host for Makerbot's nationwide Makeathon. Makerbot is inviting all educators, designers, makers, and anyone experienced in 3D printing to collaborate with in the process. At each Makeathon, those gathered will tackle challenges over the course of two days by iterating on ideas, developing STEAM content, and having fun along the way. Take part to help elevate 3D printing in the classroom: Sign up for the 2016 Chicago Makerbot Makeathon at CIADC!

Immersion Week at CIADC

Starting Monday, June 13 CIADC will offer our first five-day continuous education Immersion Week. Designed for those who are not able to commit to a typical 10-week class and/or for those who want the continuity of the Monday – Friday, 6 hours per day schedule. Be immersed and grow leaps and bounds with your creative object making!

Makers Ball at CIADC

Summer Classes at CIADC