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Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center


6433 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Enter from the rear parking lot.


Rogers Park / West Ridge


Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 12pm - 4pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available





Built in 1911 with innovative tilt-up concrete construction, this makerspace was an early home of Zenith Electric, known as Chicago Radio Laboratory before it became a global industrial powerhouse. The facility’s history and heft is a perfect match for the work that has gone on here since CIADC opened in 2015. Equipment, workshops and work spaces are offered in casting and molding, metalworking and forging, technology and design and woodworking, with each department given its own floor. CIADC’s goal is to remove the obstacles most people face when creating 3D objects with permanent materials and industrial processes.

Visitor Experience

Visitors will enjoy a self-guided tour of the historic building and see its current activities as a non-profit industrial arts school offering classes in metal casting, metalworking and forging, CNC technology, and woodworking.