The Lake Forest College  InnovationSpaces give Foresters access to a series of custom creative spaces where they can enter virtual worlds, create 3-D prints, record audiobooks and electronic music, construct theater stages, print photos, and explore, extend, and expand their skills through a series of experiential spaces.

Oppenheimer Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Make your success happen at the OC! The brand new InnovationSpace located in the heart of our Lake Forest College campus, the Oppenheimer Center (OC) serves as a laboratory for creative experimentation and collaboration for entrepreneurs, innovators, and change makers. Find out more about the OC here.


The VirtualSpace (DO 212) is the hub for virtual reality, green screen, and 360-degree explorations. Equipped with the amazing HTC Vive systems and a full green-screen production studio, the VirtualSpace lets students and faculty engage with and produce immersive media while exploring the latest developments in virtual technologies. Don’t just think about the future; help create it!

Click here for more information about the VirtualSpace. Contact with questions.


Build, Create, Invent, Discover! Supported by the Office of Academic Technology Services, the MakerSpace (DO 227) provides a DIY technology-rich creation, inspiration, and prototyping environment. This new space is equipped to facilitate collaborative design efforts, and the “star” of the space is a Flashforge CreativePro dual-extrusion 3D printer with biodegradable PLA 1.75mm filament available in multiple colors.  We also offer a Qiilu Micro Engraving Machine, and a Jintai JT-18 Vacuum Forming Machine.

Stay tuned for programming and workshops related to our design instruments and devices, as well as future technology acquisitions that will blow (or 3D print!) your mind. Request information using this email address

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The Silvia and Harry Nelson electronic music studio (Reid Hall) lets you build everything from sound collage to hip-hop to rockabilly to contemporary classical. Our set-up gets the sounds out of your head and into the world, and you’ll find a full range of effects, MIDI instruments, and equipment to supercharge your project. 

Recording Space: The soundproof recording studio is equipped for your live sonic recording projects. Play garage style or chamber music, and then go to post-production in the Sound+Music Space. Contact: Department of Music.


The Donnelley and Lee Library offers a well-equipped 24-hour Computer Lab for student use, accessible after hours, along with Mac and PC computer labs available in classrooms throughout the building (when these rooms are not in use for classes or other meetings). Software on these machines includes the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and a number of other programs. Apple machines include a range of specialized software such as GarageBand, Audacity, Adobe Creative Cloud, and others. The full list of available software in the library can be found on Student Computing in the Library. (For faculty and staff computing resources, click here)


The Hixon Theater scene shop is the place where artistic vision meets hardware. Students can help create imaginative sets and costumes for production such as Macbeth and The 25 thAnnual Putnam Spelling Bee while working with everything from bandsaws to table saws to miter saws. Learn how to turn your dreams into stage reality. Contact: Department of Theater.


The Department of Art and Art History (Durand Art Institute) offers a wide range of tools for the exclusive use of students enrolled in classes in our Department. We presently offer a diverse and intellectually stimulating group of classes in painting, sculpture, ceramics, darkroom photography, installation, mixed media, digital photography, digital art, video art, and more. Interested students should make sure they have met the prerequisites for studio classes by reviewing the course catalog. Contact: The Department of Art.