Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Other Makers in CU

Community collaborators

Makerspace Urbana, the UIUC Business Makerlab and many others are regular collaborators of ours and are detailed on our local partners page.

Additional open community workshops in CU

The Bike Project
“The Bike Project co-op offers a space, tools, and community to repair bikes, share knowledge, hold classes, and advocate for bikes in Urbana-Champaign.”

Champaign-Urbana Pottery Club
“The Potters’ Club is a co-op for the ceramic arts that provides a quality pottery studio to amateurs at reasonable cost. The studio has recently moved to 900 S. Race St., Urbana at the intersection of Race St. and Washington St. Our studio faces Race.”

Community businesses that provide workshops and/or classrooms

C-U Woodshop Dream Shop
“Now you can see the latest power tools in action before you buy! The DreamShop, located adjacent to our store, is outfitted with over $100,000 worth of professional-grade power tools, plus there are experienced woodworkers available to demo the tools and answer your questions.”
Becoming a member of the Dream Shop is very expensive, but the workshop is accessible to the public via reasonably woodworking classes:

Glass FX
Stained glass supplies, services, and classes.  Classes are held in an attached studio.

Art Party Studio
Guided painting lessons – ideal for pairs, dates and parties. Tickets cover the cost of paint and canvas and participants go home their completed artwork.

Institute 4 Creativity
The Institute for Creativity is dedicated to the study and advancement of Creativity, creative processes, and practical use. They offer classes and other programming.

Local businesses that cater to Makers, Crafters, Artists, and Designers

The I.D.E.A. Store
“At The I.D.E.A. Store, we’re passionate about finding fun, functional and creative re-use for the materials we often take for granted. You’ll find an ever-changing inventory of donated materials and re-sourced resources for projects of all shapes and sizes. We’re a store, a community, a donation center – we’re a marketplace of items and ideas!”

C-U Needlworks
“Needleworks is the premier needle arts shop in Champaign-Urbana. We carry a full line of knitting products, needlepoint products, and cross-stitch products. We strive to be the friendliest shop with the most knowledgeable staff, and we appreciate all the customers who have told us we have the best shop in the state of Illinois.”

Klose Knit
“Fine Fibers and Friendly Service is our motto and that is exactly what you’ll find in our store. We have a great selection of yarns including Rowan yarns and patterns, Nashua, Blue Sky Alpacas, Cascade yarns and not not to forget the complete Malabrigo line which is our best selling yarn. Several smaller yarn producing companies like Zealana, Jojo Land,Prism, Jade Sapphire and numerous sock yarns you will find on our ever growing shelves. Sock yarns include Opal, Austermann Step, Trekking, Paca Peds; the list is forever growing and changing.”

This list is incomplete!
Champaign-Urbana is a very Maker/Crafter/Designer/Artist friendly town.  If there are any community workshops, open workshops, community kitchens, or local businesses that we’ve missed, please contact us and we will consider adding it to this list.