General Art Supplies

Artist & Craftsman Supply
828 S. Wabash Ave.
10% discount for students, faculty and staff. ARTICard accepted. New sales every month.

Blick Art Materials
SAIC campus—Columbus Drive Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., suite 104, 312.443.3923
Chicago Loop—42 N. State Street, 312.920.0300
SAIC Students—Click here to receive an exclusive SAIC coupon with school ID.

Inside the Blick State Street location
Ask about beginning-of-semester discounts. ARTICard is accepted.

Flax Art & Frame
32 E. Adams St.
General art supplies, drafting supplies, fountain pens, custom framing, mat cutting, 10% student discount on nonsale items

Genesis Art Supplies
2417 N. Western Ave.

School and Office Supplies

Office Depot
6 S. State St.

111 N. Wabash Ave.

Paper and Bookmaking

Paper Source

232 W. Chicago Ave.

919 W. Armitage Ave.

They have all sorts of wonderful paper from all over the world, and a huge selection of rubber stamps and book–binding supplies. Pricey, but a good source of inspiration


Awt World Trade
4321 N. Knox Ave.
Screen printing supplies, emulsion, screen mesh, squeegees. Ask about student discounts on some items.

Chicago Silk Screen Supply Co., Inc.
882 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Screens with or without images and they provide emlusions and chemicals. Discounts on used frames. Ask about their student discount.


Chicago Canvas & Supply
3719 W. Lawrence Ave.
Wide, seamless canvas and muslin.

Chicago Fabric, Yarn, and Button Sales
222 S. Wabash Ave.
Somewhat quirky fabric store in the Loop, but you might find the selection to be limited. Good place to start if you can’t make it out of downtown.

Fishman's Fabrics
1101 S. Desplaines St.
Yards, and yards, and yards. Good place to go for high-end material with a very helpful staff. Be careful, you could spend more than you planned. 10% student discount.

Hancock Fabrics
6101 N. Broadway St.
Selection can be limited. But if you are a quilter, there is a good selection of cotton-poly calicos.

Para Gear
3839 W. Oakton St., Skokie, IL
Nylon and parachute-making supplies.

Textile Discount Outlet
2121 W. 21st St.

Vogue Fabrics
718 Main St., Evanston, IL: 847.864.9600
623 W. Roosevelt Rd.: 312.829.2505
Wide selection of fabrics and patterns. A decent selection of faux fur, and good choices in ethnic prints, and materials. The best and biggest location is in Evanston.


Ace Hardware
725 S. State St.
Small, but within walking distance, and the staff are always helpful.

Clark and Barlow
353 W. Grand Ave.
A serious hardware store. You can get whatever your heart desires.

Clark–Devon Hardware
6401 N. Clark St.
A standard hardware store with helpful salespeople. Other locations throughout the city.

Home Depot
1232 W. North Ave.
Multiple locations in the city. The Saturday crowds can be frightening. Hint for wood: Check out their scrap pile. People often cut down larger pieces to get a specific size, and the remaining pieces can be had cheaply.

Miller and Sons
1815 W. Division St.
773.489.1120 Good store for lumber. Quality scraps at low prices.

Wood World
2460 W. George St.

Other Materials

Eager Polymers
3350 W. 48th Pl.
Source for liquid thermosets, silicones, mold-making urethanes, casting plastics, polyester resins, epoxy, fiberglass fabrics, release agents, fillers, and dyes.

Grand Stage Lighting Co.
630 W. Lake St.

Tom Thumb Hobby & Craft
1026 Davis St., Evanston, IL
Beads, craft supplies, cords, model materials, miniatures, jewelry findings, and rubber stamps.