The Chicago Maker Space is a creators' workplace born of the need for artists to continue their practice beyond post-secondary or institutional training. Founders Eli Merritt  and Sam Merritt have designed an open studio-style environment equipped with a metal and wood shop along with ten private, 10' x 10' studio spaces available for rent. Centrally located near the South Loop (2635 S Wabash ave.), Chicago Maker Space is easily accessible by the (1),(4) & (21) bus lines. 


Open to the general public but aimed at serving the professional working artist, the space offers daily, weekly, monthly, and annual memberships along with consulting at an additional cost. 


The shop floor consists of a few thousand square-foot workshop divided into separate wood and metal shops as well as a grinding/finishing room. The 10' x 10' studios offer artists a private, secure, and contained work space. The common making spaces along with individual studios are designed to create an efficient, productive, and supportive community for artists. 


Workshop hours:

Monday        10 am - 8 pm

Tuesday       10 am - 8 pm

Wednesday     10 am - 8 pm

Thursday      10 am - 8 pm

Friday        10 am - 8 pm

Saturday      10 am - 8 pm

Sunday           CLOSED

* Hours Subject to Change month to month 

Eli Merritt

SAIC '19 - BFA

Departmental assistant, Wood/Metal shop x4 years
Sam Merritt

Co-founder, Event Coordinator & Sales Manager
Swarthmore College '18

BS degree in Engineering  

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The Chicago Maker Space is committed to fostering diversity in the Art world.

Diversity is an inclusive concept and encompasses, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability and marital and parental status. With greater diversity, we can be more creative, effective and just, bringing more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents and interests to the practice of artistic creation. The Chicago Maker Space provides a safe space that is dedicated to maintaining an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcomed and comfortable.











The Chicago Maker Space Grace Foundation works to provide a once a month community outreach program for local youth. The program is designed to engage young creative minds with materials, tools and opportunity to spark the imagination and inspire further creative thinking. The Grace Foundation aims to help personal identity development and creativity through visual arts in a fun and inclusive environment.