Idea Shop

Idea Shop LogoThere is an exciting new development in undergraduate education at the Illinois Institute of Technology: the Idea Shop™ at University Technology Park.

The Idea Shop™ is a 13,000 square foot facility composed of a state-of-the-art rapid-prototyping lab, collaborative teaming areas, formal classroom space, and storage areas for student use. The Idea Shop™ is home to IIT’s Interprofessional Projects Program (IPRO), entrepreneurship initiatives, and summer programs.

Idea Shop Fabrication Lab

Fabrication Lab

The Idea Shop™ also serves as a hub for engaging alumni and corporate and community stakeholders. Equipped with 3D-ready, multifunction projectors and group-oriented spaces, the Idea Shop™ comes to life as a showcase, workplace and learning space. At its core, the Idea Shop™ offers an environment that inspires interaction across professional programs at IIT, elevating the entire educational experience.

Since opening on May 15th, 2010, the Idea Shop™ is already helping to bring several elements of IIT’s strategic plan to reality. The Idea Shop™ fosters a “perfect storm” of learning, mentoring and opportunity anchored in the principles of design thinking and the process of collaborative innovation. The Idea Shop™ at IIT stimulates creativity and cultivates interactions that lead to serendipitous breakthrough thinking.

Team Collaboratory Space

Team Collaboratory Space

The Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program is a prominent example of the type of experience that is being enriched by the Idea Shop™. Every IIT undergraduate participates in the IPRO program. Students from various academic disciplines work as a team to tackle a real-world problem. Multidisciplinary teams of students access collaborative design-oriented work spaces, computer visualization tools, rapid prototyping machines and other resources to provide real solutions to corporate and academic sponsors. Students in fields such as applied technology, architecture, business, engineering, psychology, the sciences, and humanities learn how to work as a team and leverage each others strengths.

The Idea Shop™ helps to build the competency and professional perspectives of IIT students at all levels, and it is an inviting place for returning alumni to interact and network. It will also serves the Chicago-area entrepreneurial community and facilitates the process of transforming student- and faculty-generated ideas into actual businesses, products, and patents.

IdeaShop Floorplan

Idea Shop floor plan

A dialog to identify opportunities to collaborate and share the successes of the Idea Shop™ is open. If you would like to reserve the Idea Shop space for an event or class or to learn more about the IPRO Program, please contact Rima Kuprys at If you would to get more information about visiting and using the Prototyping Lab please contact John Welin, the lab manager, at