Chicago Tool Library Will Be The First Of Its Kind In The City

Chicago Tool Library The First Of Its Kind In The City
Cam Moore, Tessa Vierk and Erika Harris at a tool drive for the Chicago Tool Library, the city's first public tool lending library Vierk co-founded with Jim Benton. They plan to open its doors by July at the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center. Chicago Tool Library
Chicago Tool Library The First Of Its Kind In The City
Cam Moore, Tessa Vierk and Erika Harris at a tool drive for the Chicago Tool Library, the city's first public tool lending library Vierk co-founded with Jim Benton. They plan to open its doors by July at the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center. Chicago Tool Library

Chicago Tool Library Will Be The First Of Its Kind In The City

There are more than 200 public tool libraries around the world, where people can borrow new and used tools from their community. Most major cities in the U.S. have such a library, but Chicago is not one of them.

Jim Benton and Tessa Vierk want to change that by bringing the first public tool library to the city. They’ve secured a space for the Chicago Tool Library in the Bridgeport neighborhood and plan to open its doors by July, if they meet their $25,000 fundraising goal.

Jim and Tessa join Morning Shift to talk about how they plan on bringing the Chicago Tool Library to life.

GUESTS: Jim Benton, co-founder of Chicago Tool Library

Tessa Vierk, co-founder of Chicago Tool Library

LEARN MORE: Need to borrow something? New tool library hopes to lend drills, saws … even slow cookers (Chicago Tribune 4/17/19)