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The Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange is a 501c3 nonprofit organization launched in 2017 to redistribute donations of clean, safe + working materials, supplies + equipment to Chicago teachers, nonprofits, arts + community groups.   We spark creativity and environmental stewardship through programs and collaborations.  We believe that trash is just a failure of imagination!

Mission + Vision


Our mission is to keep good things out of the landfill and into the hands of people who can use them.  Our vision is for a sharing + circular economy in which creative reuse is an integral part of Chicagoland's infrastructure.


We're inspired by Nature, which wastes nothing, and organizations like New York City's Materials for the Arts (see their video, right), SCARCE, Chicago Furniture Bank, and others.

CCRx is supported by the Chicago Teachers Union FoundationEnvision UnlimitedThe Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities/Chicago Community Trust, Harper Court Arts Council, the Builders Initiative, the Rebuild Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, many individual donors... and, hopefully, YOU!  


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