Autotelic Studios

Autotelic Studios

Autotelic Studios is a nonprofit arts organization that creates alternative workspace for artists in Chicago.

Shop Facilities

Part of Autotelic's mission is to provide facilities and equipment training so that artists can pursue their projects with confidence. Artists who work within the network of Autotelic studio buildings have access to the shop facilities, however, each studio artist who intends to use the tools and equipment must first pass an authorization/training session with our Director of Facilities to review proper use and safety standards.

Starting February 2016, studio artists who intend to use shop facilities must pay a one-time, non-refundable $25 authorization fee. After artists are deemed capable and competent, they may use the equipment for which they are authorized (some pieces of equipment such as the wood lathe require extra training) any time they wish.

If you are not an Autotelic studio artist, you can still use our shop facilities by becoming an Access Member. Access Members can choose between various time packages and choose an option that best suit their needs and budget. Package varieties include monthly, 3-months, 6-months, 1-year. All Access Members are required to pay a non-refundable $75 authorization fee, and authorizations must be renewed annually for safety and insurance purposes. Access Membership includes regular access to shop facilities, tool and equipment training, free regular workshops + other perks. 

*PLEASE NOTE* Our Shop Supervisor may use his or her discretion to require re-authorization sessions or banishment from facilities. If artists are ever reported abusing shop privileges, mishandling equipment, or disobeying rules of conduct and safety, access to facilities may be suspended or revoked.

Tools & Equipment

  • Claw Hammers
  • Rubber & Plastic Mallets
  • Heat Gun
  • Dremel Multi-tools
  • Cordless Jigsaw; Corded Jigsaw
  • Cordless Drills; Corded Drills
  • Mouse Sander
  • Palm Sander
  • Reciprocating Saw
  • Router (non-plunging)
  • Electric Hand-planer
  • Spindle Sander
  • Scroll Saw
  • Stationary Belt + Disc Sander
  • Craftsman Table Saw
  • 5-Speed Benchtop Wood Lathe
  • 18 Gauge Brad-Nailer
  • Cordless Circular Saw
  • Corded Circular Saw
  • Cordless Skillsaw
  • Mortiser
  • Drill Press
  • Husky 3-Gallon Air Compresor
  • Shop Vac
  • Soldering Irons
  • + more

Other accessories and available hand tools:

  • Tape Measurers & Rulers
  • Angles and Templates
  • Levels
  • Clamps (Band, vice and framing)
  • Vices
  • Staple Guns
  • A Variety of Wrenches, Chisels, Pliers, Screwdrivers, etc. 
  • Scissors and Blades
  • + more



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