Work with the IRL

The IRL isn’t just a place for students to hang out and create. We also offer contract work, private workshops for external groups and businesses, and guided tours and demonstrations for school groups.


Interested in becoming an IRL sponsor, or want to partner with the space in other ways than those listed below? Visit Our Partners for more information, and contact us at

Reserve Space in the IRL

The IRL has classroom and lounge space available for event reservations, workshops, and teaching. We can comfortably accommodate 50-60 people throughout the space, and up to 35 seated in the classroom area.


If you’d like to reserve room in the IRL for an event, please contact us by filling out the form here.


If you’d like to reserve an Animation Studio for film, photography, animation, or other work, please visit our Animation Studios page for more details.

Private Workshops for your Organization

Want to bring your club, student group, or external organization to the IRL for a special private workshop? Reach out to us using the form here and we’ll do our best to make it a hit.


Workshops are subject to limits on attendees.

Contract Fabrication with the IRL

Need t-shirts for your club, or want 3D printed objects for display? The IRL is available for contract work in digital fabrication and screen printing. If you’d like to partner with us to make something, please fill out this form so we can arrange the details.

Tours and Guided Visits

We support maker education throughout the Chicago area. If you’re a non-DePaul University group or a school group who’d like to come visit and learn about the space, contact us and we’ll set something up! We love hosting school groups in particular, and can format demonstrations, tours, and activities to fit any grade level. Please email us directly at with details.