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About Us

Inspired by the “repair cafe” movement in Amsterdam, Community Glue Workshop’s goals are to divert repairable items from the waste stream (or repurpose them if need be), encourage critical thinking, debunk the relentless myth that newer is better, and foster community. We’ve had an incredible group of volunteers helping us do just that since we started Chicago’s first repair clinics in July 2012.

We host our free, monthly repair clinics at Edgewater Workbench, a local maker space, and local, mechanically-inclined volunteers will work on just about any busted, torn, or short-circuited item you can fit through the front door. All are welcome, and donations are accepted but not required.

Bring it on. And if you like, bring some beer.

For more information, or to volunteer, email


7 comments on “About Us

  1. mary donlan
    November 10, 2012

    where will the event be held on november 18??? and times please, thankyou, i can mend clothes or take up hems

    • communityglueworkshop
      November 14, 2012

      Hi Mary!

      The event will be at Kitchen Sink cafe at 1107 West Berwyn Avenue Chicago, IL 60640. We will be here from 4-7pm and would love to put your skills to work and also to fix anything that you need fixed. I look forward to meeting you! -Carla

  2. Want to visit!
    October 29, 2013

    Do you have a Nov 2103 event planned yet?

  3. Susan A. Friel
    January 30, 2014


    I just learned about your organization and sadly missed the January 26th fix-up. I’d love to hear about your next one. Please add my info to your mailing list, so that I can keep informed and hopefully join you soon.

    Many thanks,


  4. Nancy Buik
    May 29, 2014

    Is there a way to be notified of dates for up-coming clinics? I’m not on Facebook but would love to get in your loop.


  5. Moe
    February 26, 2017

    When and is the March event going to be held? I have an antique wooden basket and bench that needs some TLC. I tried to glue them with very sad results. Moe

    • communityglueworkshop
      February 27, 2017

      Hi Moe,

      We just set the date for Sunday, March 19th, 4pm-7pm. Bring the basket and bench in and we’ll see what we can come up with!


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