With a passion for Art, reuse, and community


Our Mission

The WasteShed seeks to provide Chicago with an organized, affordable, and reliable resource for repurposed art, craft, and school materials, and with a dynamic center for activities pertaining to sustainability, art, craft, education, and material culture. We connect Chicagoans who are interested in: 

  • living more sustainably 
  • seeking inspiration in unconventional materials
  • getting the most out of the resources they have to hand
  • or just making projects at a low cost. 

While sustainability is the ultimate goal, creative reuse foregrounds practical, economical, and fun hands-on activities as points of entry into larger discussions about the things we own, and the way we live. 

If this sounds like something you’d like to get mixed up in, please get in touch! 

Our People

Eleanor Ray is the Director of The WasteShed. She discovered creative reuse as an installation and costume artist, and developed her ideas in the nurturing environment of SCRAP PDX. She was also General Manager of the Creative Reuse Warehouse, and spearheaded their collaboration with the ReBuilding Exchange before plunging headfirst into the brackish waters of The WasteShed.

Francesca is the Assistant Store Manager of The WasteShed and loves dogs and garbage. Fran studies horticulture and sustainable food systems design and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on cultural studies and sustainability. 

Anna Jo Beck is the kind illustrator, designer and educator who applied her skills in visual arts and technology to create The WasteShed's website and print materials. See more of her work at her portfolio website.

Also, big thanks to Jessi Meliza for the video and it's animations above!


Link to our updated brochure to come! 

Eleanor, Director

Eleanor, Director

Francesca, Asst. Store Manager

Francesca, Asst. Store Manager

As of December 10th, 2015, The WasteShed is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit!
— The IRS