Summer Sewing Classes in Chicago at Tchad: Monday: 10-1 or 6-9 22 July – 23 September Tuesday: 2-5 or 6-9 23 July – 24 September Wednesday:2-5 or 6-9 24 July – 25 September Thursday: 2-5 or 6-9 25 July – 26 September Friday: No Classes Scheduled Saturday:10-1 or 2-5 27 July – 27 September Sunday: 10-1 or 2-5 28 July – 28 September ••• You can find out more or register for your space by… Emailing us at Give us a text or call: 773.680.5914 Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Page Check out our main website at See you this coming Summer,Read More →

We’re finally feeling out from under the pandemic (finally!) and are ready to go with a full session of classes this coming Winter!   Winter Sewing Classes in Chicago at Tchad: Monday: 10-1 or 6-9 8 January – 11 March Tuesday: 6-9 9 January – 12 March Wednesday:6-9 10 January – 13 March Thursday: No Classes Scheduled Friday: No Classes Scheduled Saturday: 10-1 or 2-5 13 January – 16 March Sunday: 10-1 or 2-5 14 January – 17 March   ••• You can find out more or register for your space by… Emailing us at Give us a text or call: 773.680.5914 Check outRead More →

Students in Tchad Workroom sewing studio talking and sewing in chicago

Well, folks, the pandemic is almost over (Hopefully! We are always hopeful here!) and we’ve got a Summer session coming up with tons of spaces and lots of availability for you guys! If you have been looking for sewing classes in Chicago, let us know! Summer sewing classes in Chicago at Tchad: Monday: 10-1, 2-5, or 6-9 18 July – 19 September Tuesday: 2-5 or 6-9 19 July – 20 September Wednesday: 2-5 or 6-9 20 July – 21 September Thursday: 2-5 or 6-9 21 July – 22 September Friday: No Classes Scheduled Saturday: 10-1 or 2-5 23 July – 24 September Sunday: 10-1 or 2-5 24 JulyRead More →

Just some of the cleaning sullies we use at the Chicago sewing workrooms

COVID-19 has changed everything. We are doing our best to adapt so that you stay safe! One of the things that is really important as we are all opened up is doing it as cautiously, safely, and smartly as possible.  Some of the procedures we’ve established may be overkill, some of them extreme, and all of them would have raised an eyebrow or two just a year ago and put us into Howard Hughes territory. In helping build and develop the sewing community in Chicago the past 20 years, we also see it as our role to protect it.  It does no one any goodRead More →

General Class Shot

We get a lot of folks who’ve found Tchad online or have walked by the workroom and wondered what the space looked like… We are going through what seems like a ton of pictures retrofitting the blog and getting things shipshape, so we thought you guys would like a little show.  The rooms are always changing and with each new group of people comes a new sense of what the spaces are and can be:Read More →

Fashion and design generate TONS of waste.  If taken in the aggregate, we are talking hundreds of thousands of tons every day. We fight against this in a couple of ways: recycling, composting, and reuse. Chicago doesn’t have a robust recycling program, so we do what we can with paper and plastic. We use all absorbent scraps of fabric generated from cutting up here by turning them into rags and dustmops. What doesn’t get turned into a dustmop or rag is then composted, as are the rags and dustmops themselves. Our compost is packaged every week and set aside to be taken to special compostRead More →

Huis Clos (No Exit) stage in the Tchad® workrooms.

So the nebulous answer here is: “Well… Yes, but…” The longer answer is that in the off-class time, the workroom is a place that adapts to what we are doing at any given moment and that is a hard visual to get over for the visitor sometimes. The best example is this: Alec needed a space to stage a video adaptation of Sartre’s Huis Clos and couldn’t find a space already adapted to his needs, so it ended up getting built out here.  We built this out in one of the long workrooms to really get that sense of eternal foreboding. It is a farRead More →