Chicago Our Campus: Art Supplies
General Art Supplies
Artist & Craftsman Supply
828 S. Wabash Ave.
10% student discount
Dick Blick Art Materials
Columbus Drive building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., suite 104: 312.443.3891
42 N. State St.: 312.920.0300
10% discount for students and faculty with ID during the back-to-school sale each fall
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
6 S. State St.
111 N. Wabash Ave.
Paper and Bookmaking
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, emulsions, 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.
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.
6101 N. Broadway St.
Selection can be limited. But if you are a quilter, there is a good selection of cotton-poly calicos.
3839 W. Oakton St., Skokie, IL
Nylon and parachute-making supplies.
Textile Discount Outlet
2121 W. 21st St.
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.
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.
6401 N. Clark St.
A standard hardware store with helpful salespeople. Other locations throughout the city.
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.
2460 W. George St.
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.