You've found us- Chicago's only B&W 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.





Description: Explore the history and thought processes behind some of the major photographic genres in a class that incorporates short lectures, projects, and critiques. We will discuss the modernist photographers' passion for design, the role of photographic portraiture in shaping identity, and the changing face of landscape photography. Students will have the chance to shoot analog film and create photographic prints in response to each theme presented and then receive feedback in critique.

Each student will be required to use the darkroom to complete weekly class assignments. Two darkroom orientation sessions need to be completed before the start of the class. Orientation sessions will be Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 5pm, and Thursdays at 6pm. Email info@chicagocommunitydarkroom to RSVP.


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)


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.