Rebuilding Exchange

Rebuilding Exchange offers a variety of workshops from woodworking to green plumbing to urban worming. Scroll down to see the full list of workshops. 

Please review all details below before committing to a workshop.  Please note the cancellation policies for the series workshops.  

OUR ADDRESS:  1740 W Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

PARKING:  Free parking is available in our parking lot in designated RX parking spots between 9am and 6pm on weekdays. On evenings after 6pm and on weekends, you are welcome to park anywhere in our lot. There is also street parking in front of the building on Webster. 

PUBLIC TRANSIT:  Rebuilding Exchange is accessible by CTA bus and train, as well as by the Metra.  For more information or to plan your trip, visit

WHAT TO WEAR:  Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toe shoes are required. Long hair must be tied back and no dangling jewelry or accessories should be worn. Facial hair should be trimmed and groomed. These rules are for your safety and must be followed. It is at the instructor's discretion to dismiss you from the workshop until proper attire is worn.  


LATE-ARRIVAL POLICY:  Please arrive to your workshop on time. If you arrive more than 30 minutes late, you will only be allowed to observe the remainder of the workshop. If you arrive more than an hour late, the instructor can choose if he or she wants you to observe the workshop. This is to ensure your own safety and the safety of the other participants. 


WOODWORKING MATERIAL:  All wood is part of the material fee included with the workshop. No outside material can be brought in to the workshop.


COUPLES' WORKSHOPS:  Please note that this format allows for two people to make one item together. 


WORKSHOP SERIES REGISTRATION:  Please be sure that you can attend all the dates in your workshop series before registering, as there will not be credit given if you sign up and do not attend a date, with the exception of documented medical reasons with a physician's note. There are no make-up sessions.


WORKSHOP CANCELLATIONS:  Class or workshop fees are refundable for all classes or workshops if a student emails 12 hours before the start of a one-time class or workshop. Participants must email 48 hours before the start of a 4-week series workshop. If a participant must drop a class or workshop after the deadline, no credit will be given, except for documented medical reasons with a physician's note. (The paperwork must be to us within the week of the class that you miss.) If for any reason Rebuilding Exchange needs to cancel a class or workshop, you will be notified and refunded. 


For more information, email or call the warehouse at (773) 252-2234.


PLEASE NOTE:  Final products may vary from the images that are shown.  


Woodworking Instructors


alex enarson

Alex Enarson is a Chicago-based furniture builder, Rebuilding Exchange employee, and owner of the company GRAVE TO CRADLE. When working in his home studio, he uses reclaimed, salvaged, and scavenged materials to build unique and functional pieces from his own designs. An amateur forester, Alex loves building with lumber made from urban wood. You can reach Alex Tuesday through Saturday at the Rebuilding Exchange or by emailing Alex instructs Woodworking 101 and Shop Time. 





casey burkitt

Casey is a product designer and builder. He began honing his skills as a small boy by assisting his father in the shop. Since then, he has worked as a home remodeler constructing and deconstructing houses, a book binder, and a product designer. He enjoys breathing new life into old, forgotten treasures by doing things such as adding a simple coat of paint or turning old-growth lumber into furniture full of history and character. Casey instructs Woodworking 101. 




Lee is passionate in his commitment to the creative reuse and repurposing of discarded material. His house is filled with found furniture and homemade solutions. Lee has found kinship with RX and its staff in their philosophy of trash and has been loving every minute of volunteering since he joined the ranks in 2012. Lee spends his days off assisting in RX workshops and occasionally helping with the production of RX Made products. Lee has a background in furniture making, construction, tool repair, and general shop work and finds special joy in making woodworking accessible to beginners. When not teaching, Lee spends time managing a photo mounting shop, filing his basement with instruments he can hardly play, and continuing his commitment to volunteering at Rebuilding Exchange. Lee instructs Woodworking 101. 





Sergio started at Rebuilding Exchange as a workshop volunteer and eventually became an instructor. His patience, winsome personality, and helpful nature puts his students at ease.  Sergio, who has a background in design and photo production, has experience building custom props and furniture from reclaimed items for major clients. Salvaging is in Sergio's blood, and he sits on the board for FINI, a not-for-profit organization that collects goods left over from post-production shoots. The items are donated and distributed to local charities. For kicks, Sergio thrashes on his guitar in his band.  He is also an avid cyclist and a sailor, and he can be seen constantly working on his house. Sergio instructs the Make It Take it workshops. 



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