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Access Chicago

InnovationSpaces

Flashforge 3-D printer in action.

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.

VirtualSpace

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! We are still developing policies and procedures for access. Request information using this form or contact virtualspace@lakeforest.edu.

MakerSpace

Build, Create, Invent, Discover! Supported by the Technology Resource Center, 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. We are still developing policies and procedures for access. Request information using this form or contact makerspace@lakeforest.edu

SoundSpace

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 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: The Music Department.

SoftwareSpaces

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 Digital Chicago workspace in the Center for Chicago Programs boasts a 27-inch screen iMac Retina 5K through IPS technology, providing a resolution of 5120‑by‑2880 pixels. The iMac has a 3.3 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and an AMD Radeon R9 M395X 4096 MB graphics card. It holds 32 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 of memory and four SO-DIMM slots which are user accessible, as well as 2TB of Fusion Drive storage. Software installed on this particular workstation includes the Adobe Creative Cloud, Autopano Pro by Kolor, Cyberduck (an FTP Client Software), Final Cut Pro, Panotour Pro, PTGui, Ricoh Theta S camera app, as well as the default Apple applications (iMovie, GarageBand, etc).

Digital Chicago also currently maintains a DSLR camera (Canon EOS Rebel T6), 3 Ricoh Theta S 360° cameras, the Occipital Bridge virtual/mixed reality headset and Structure Sensor, podcasting and audio recording equipment, and dozens of Google Cardboard viewers. Contact: virtualspace@lakeforest.edu.

TheaterSpace

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 25thAnnual 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: The Theater Department.

ArtSpace

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 Art Department.