Chicago Fabrications

Chicago, Illinois

Announcement    Chicago Fabrications specializes in custom furniture manufacturing using reclaimed materials. Enjoy our barn wood and check back for new products, like live edge shelving, on Chicago Fabrication's Etsy!


Last updated on Oct 16, 2017

Chicago Fabrications specializes in custom furniture manufacturing using reclaimed materials. Enjoy our barn wood and check back for new products, like live edge shelving, on Chicago Fabrication's Etsy!



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Brass Accents


Watch Box


Waterfall Bench


Barrel Wall


Wine Cabinet


Wooden Panel


Tyler Mitrzyk

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Tyler Mitrzyk


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About ChicagoFabrications

Sales 293
On Etsy since 2017

Chicago Fabrications is a wholistic custom fabrication company that specializes in remastering timeless, reclaimed materials.

Chicago Fabrication's story begins in 2012 when I, Tyler, moved from a small country town called Standish, Michigan to Chicago and was active in The 2nd Battalion 24 Marine Corps Reserve Center as a Grunt. Years later I reenlisted and was stationed at Great Lakes Navy Base in Gaurnee, Illinois – 40 minutes North of Chicago. I was deployed several times in and out of the country and trained on and off over the next three years. Chicago Fabrications was born from my passion to build custom reptile terrariums so I decided to start my first company, Tyler Terrariums. I rented a space and turned it into a small wood shop with a welder. Thanks to my B.B.A. from Central Michigan University and high school where I learned all the labor skills necessary to start this business – building and welding – my comapny was born.

I started constructing terrariums and attempted to negotiate with pet stores to showcase my terrariums. After countless rejections I re evaluated my shop and opportunities. I began to rent my shop to people for their custom builds. Renters consistently brought in barn wood for their custom projects and requested that I take on their projects.

The idea dawned on me that I should source this desirable wood so I returned to my home town to tear down my buddies barn. A few of my good friends and I de nailed and piled up the beams and siding to ship to The Chicago Rebuilding Exchange. I sold it for pennies on the dollar to get my foot in the door and have them take me seriously.

Chicago Fabrications started to gain steam and shortly after making a bit of cash I moved from 500 W Cermark into my second location on South Pilsen and not long after that to my third location at 3032 W Chicago Ave. All three moves were out of necessity as my business was growing quickly and I needed more space. We have doubled the size of this company for the last 3 years and are now located and own a 10,000 SF warehouse on 2825 W 5th Ave Chicago, IL 60612 with a full office, showroom, break room and much more room for activities.

It's exciting to have created and be apart of something that people want but more importantly it's awesome to have a team that comes together to be apart of something bigger than themselves.

Thanks for taking a minute to learn more about our exciting history!


Shop members

  • Tyler Mitrzyk

    Owner, Founder

    • Marine Vetern • Central Michigan University • Small Business Owner • Carpenter • Welder • Boxer • Fish Tank Connoisseur

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Last updated on Jul 14, 2020
Frequently asked questions
What comes in the box when I order barn wood?

• 20 sq ft of ready to hang antique barn wood cladding.

Where does your wood come from?

• All over the midwest – MI, IL, IN, OH, KT, WI, and IA. Hardwoods, like oak, are sourced in Ohio and softwoods, like fir, are found north by MI, WI. We source reclaimed wood from city water towers and warehouses.

What sizes are the barn wood boards?

• 3" -5" W
• 0.15" -0.5" T
• 1' -4' L

What comes in the box when I order live edge shelves?

• A 3 pack of walnut live edge 12"L x 4" -6"W shelves with a 4" piece of angle iron attached for hanging.

How do I order lumber?

If you are unsure of how to order lumber, please message us before placing order. We're happy to help. We price our wood by either the square foot or board foot. Please read the title and description carefully. Orders placed wrong due to not reading instructions are subject to a 9.5% fee.

Will I be refunded for return/cancellation?

Per our policy, we do not accept cancellations. If consumer has ordered wrongfully by not reading the description of product, we can refund at our discretion.

How has the pandemi affected business and logistics?

Due to COVID19, many things are delayed. With social distancing, we might have low staff (similar with other companies). Once a package is dropped off to the carrier, transit times are out of our control.