Holiday Party! WED DECEMBER 13

Join us this Wednesday, December 13th during regular Print Out times (7:00pm-10:00pm) for a Photographically festive evening of Film, Games, Stop Bath and Holiday Joy. Our 2017 Holiday Printout!

We’ll have food, drinks, and games with AMAZING prizes including film and a free month of Darkroom membership!

If you were not otherwise going to come to printout this week, we hope this might persuade you to reconnect with your friends at Chicago’s favorite Community Darkroom.

We’ll be setup for printing as usual, but will not be providing instruction to new users because we’ll be too busy with holiday fun. All Print Out fees will be waived.

If you know for sure you plan to attend, shoot us an email so we can be ready for you, but RSVP is not necessary.

Hope to see you there!

You've found us- Chicago's only Black & White Community Darkroom!

We are a membership-based non-profit. Sign up for a MEMBERSHIP and complete two orientations and enjoy 24 hour access! We offer a variety of classes covering beginner to advanced darkroom techniques. For those who aren't members, join us for our weekly PRINT OUT open house on Wednesdays from 7-10pm.


$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.



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!

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)

Tuesday FEB 20 6:30PM to 10:00pm $50




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.

To be Announced. NEXT Classes will be posted here as they are scheduled. PLEASE CHECK BACK.