$75 FOR 30 DAYS

Chicago Community Darkroom was formed with the idea that we could offer a refuge for those who shoot film. Whether it's developing film in a canister, or printing photographs using light and silver, our memberships offer you the chance to make art at your own pace. While modern technology can afford us the ability to never miss a shot, we feel that taking your time to craft one shot into its full potential warrants time and attention.

A 30-day membership includes:

  • Unlimited usage upon completion of two orientations (included in membership fee).
  • All standard chemicals for developing film and processing prints.
  • Members supply their own paper.
  • There is no contract. We do send a notice with a $5 off renewal discount prior to the end of your 30 days. You have the option of renewing online to continue your membership. You can do nothing, or rejoin us at a later time.
  • Email us at to schedule your orientation sessions.




Saturday, Aug.27TH 9:30AM-4:30PM


Learn how to shoot, process, and print traditional black-and-white photos that express your creative vision! The Chicago Community Darkroom's Black & White Film Introductory Workshop on Saturday August 27th is a one-day workshop that provides a step-by-step guide for photographers either raised on digital or those who need a fun refresher on how to shoot, process, and print 35mm or medium format black-and-white film.

Space is limited! Workshop size is small to ensure personal attention.

All supplies provided: film, chemicals, negative sleeves and photo paper.

Bring only your 35mm or medium format film camera and you'll leave with negatives and prints!

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Patrick Pyszka

Workshop Leader: Patrick Pyszka is a photographer for the City of Chicago and a regular at Chicago Community Darkroom. He earned his BA in photography at Columbia College Chicago and worked as a newspaper photojournalist for five years before joining the city. A passionate black-and-white film photographer, Patrick will guide you through the fun basics of making real, silver, black-and-white photographs.

B+W FILM 101 $50

Film Development

Join us  for a hands-on lesson in how to develop your very own roll of B+W film. If you've had laying around undeveloped, or have always been curious to take out that old camera, now's the chance to learn how to get your hands dirty and develop your own film!

A negative sleeve is recommended for  safely transporting your developed film. Chicago Community Darkroom will supply all the chemistry and equipment necessary, all you need to bring is an undeveloped roll of B+W film and we'll show you the rest! (Note: C-41 process film cannot be used)


next class to be announced

PRINTING 101 $60

Join us for Printing 101, a class catered to those who have the interest, but maybe not the skills, to bring photographs to life. We will show you how to print your black and white negatives onto emulsion paper, from start to finish.

Topics include photographic chemistry, contact sheets, when and why to use test strips, and techniques to help you get a print you can be proud of.

Photographic paper will be provided, however we encourage you to bring in your own negatives to print from.


next class to be announced