Next Repair Cafes: 


Saturday, Jan. 17        10:00 – 1:30

Saturday, Feb. 21        10:00 – 1:30    

Saturday, Mar. 21        10:00 – 1:30  


Find us at the Oak Park Senior Citizens Center,

414 S. Oak Park Ave.  Oak Park    

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We’re 2!!

January marked the Oak Park Repair Cafe’s 2nd birthaday!  (It seems like only yesterday we fixed our first lamp…)

In 2014 we took in almost 40 additional items that in 2013, a 15% increase; and our success rate (items fixed or partially fixed) stayed right about 74%, which was our success rate in 2013.  (See the “2014 Stats” section below for more info.)  Our biggest categories continued to be Clothing repair and yes, you guessed it, Lamps!


We couldn’t have done this without the ongoing efforts of our spectacular repair team; many, many thanks to all of you!!  And all this work got done in our adopted home, the Senior Citizens Center at the Oak Park Arms.  We can’t imagine a better place to do all this; BIG thanks to them as well!


Welcome to the Oak Park Repair Cafe!


What is Repair Cafe?
      •  Repairing things together, keeping them out of landfills
      •  Receiving expert advice
      •  Meeting each other and being inspired


Repair Cafes are free meeting places, and they’re all about fixing things, rather than throwing them away.

At the Repair Cafe, you’ll find the tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need.


You’ll also find repair specialists to help you in areas such as:

      •  Electricians
      •  Seamstresses
      •  Jewelry experts
      •  Carpenters
      •  General fix-it folks


2014 Stats

Result Count Percent of Total
Fixed 172 63%
Partially Fixed 28 10%
Not Fixed 72 26%

Most Popular Items brought in by Category

2014 Pie

Number of Items Received by Month

2014 Bar

The Repair Cafe Mission


  • „We throw away vast amounts of stuff!  Even things with almost nothing wrong, which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair.
  • „Trouble is, lots of people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves or they no longer know how.
  • „Society doesn’t always show appreciation for those who still DO have this practical knowledge.