Open Workshop


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Please contact the school directly to reserve your preferred block of time. Call 773.489.4830 or email [email protected]


Open workshops offer students the freedom to schedule their preferred hours to work on a project at their own pace.

  • Schedule

    Open Shop Time can be purchased online in advance if desired. Then, specific times and dates are reserved via telephone, email, or in person. You may also pay when scheduling by phone.

  • Fee

    Bench fee with instruction is $60/hr

  • Instructors

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  • Refund Policy

    Registrations are non refundable. A tuition fee may only be applied to other CSGM classes with written notice of cancellation prior to class.

  • Location

    All workshops are held at Specimen located at 1240 N. Homan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. view map

  • Registration

    Register online or call 773.489.4830 to enroll with a credit card.  You are also welcome to come by the shop and enroll using cash, credit card or a personal check.  Please note that all registrations are final and non-refundable. In the event that a student cannot attend a class, written notice must be given in advance to receive a credit to be used on another tuition.  Valid credit may be transferred to another course date, or to another student, if so desired.

About Open Shop

This is an hourly, pay as you go, opportunity for students to continue their studies.

Arrangements for access are made on a case by case basis and generally take place during regular business hours which are noon until seven Tuesday through Friday, otherwise by appointment. Students pay a flat rate of $60 an hour for access to a Luthiers Station and and the vast collection of shop tools and fixtures. Oversight and instruction is always available to the Student during open shop time.

Each session is tailored to the project at hand.

Call 773 489 4840 or email [email protected] to reserve time.