IDLE HOUR is a shared, open studio and is available for daily and weekly rental.  We are conveniently located adjacent to Cinespace, Cinelease, and Keslow Camera and are easily accessible via the Western bus, Pink Line, and the Metra.  The space is well-suited for:

  • photo & video shoots
  • commercial production
  • catalog & product photography
  • set construction
  • large-scale build outs
  • temporary materials storage
  • presentations
  • group events & activities
  • creative co-working

rental Rates starting at$350/Day

The daily rental rate encompasses an 8 hour day.  Additional hours will be billed at $100/hr for rental.  Half-day rates are not offered, but discounts may apply for multi-day rentals.

The space available for short-term rental focuses primarily on the dedicated photo studio which is 1,350 sqft. with white walls and concrete floors. There is an additional photo area that is 350 sqft and offers natural light.  The photo areas have tall ceilings and easily accessible outlets, which makes it ideal for bringing in a photo sweep and camera equipment.  Common areas are also included in short-term rental, including the kitchenette, utility area, bathroom, lounge, shipping station, balcony, and entry.  

Studio Manager: $200/day

A Studio Manager is required to be present at all times during studio rental.  The studio manager fee encompasses an 8 hour day.  Additional hours will be billed at $50/hr.  Your studio manager will assume responsibility for the space, assist with directing team/crew members for arrival, parking, load-in, and load-out.  If required, your studio manager can also arrange for craft services and/or food delivery.


  • high-speed wifi
  • loading dock & dollies
  • cardboard recycling
  • photo-friendly natural light
  • shipping & receiving capabilities
  • clothing racks & hangers
  • studio bathroom
  • dedicated fridge & coolers
  • private balcony
  • bulk waste disposal & recycling
  • secure equipment storage
  • private dressing areas 
  • 24 hour access w/approval
  • plentiful parking
  • freight elevators 
  • assorted ladders & basic tools
  • tables for prop/prep or workstations
  • full length mirrors

 The three companies within IDLE HOUR include a prop & interior stylist, wardrobe stylist, and a conceptual installation artist...Our talents and resources can happily be made available during studio rental with an additional contract.