Where are you located?
We are located on Milwaukee Ave, North of Dundee Rd in Wheeling, on the East side of the street.
Is parking available?
Chicago Jewelry and Lapidary School does have a parking lot. If our parking lot is full, additional parking is available on the strip mall south of the store, which is in 2 min. walking distance.
Once I submit my online registration, does my registration and payment go through immediately?
Yes, we use a secure online processing system so that your credit card does get charged automatically for the total amount of the purchases in your shopping cart. If you marked "offline payment" please call us with your payment within 3 days, to keep your registration open.
Is there anything I need to bring to the class?
If any materials will be needed for the first class it would be specified in the class description and in the general department tips on what to wear and bring (both online and in the print catalog). If the class does not specify anything, that means materials will be provided for the first class and students will be given a list of materials they need to purchase. You should come to class wearing old clothes or with an apron, because you may get messy!
Can I make up for a class I've missed?
Yes, you are welcome to make up any missed classes during the session you are enrolled in, as long as you are in a class with multiple sections, or to come in during open studio time to do extra work. Just come to another section of your same class and let the teacher know that you are making up the class.
Can I just pay for the partial sessions I'm attending, if I will be out of town for part of the class?
No, unfortunately we only offer classes at the full price, not by anÂ individualÂ session. Most of our students do go out of town or miss classes for one reason or another and you are welcome to make up for any missed classes during the session you are enrolled in, as long as you are in a class with multiple sections, or to come in during open studio time to do extra work.
Can I drop out of a class?
As long as you notify the school one full week before the first class meeting, you can get a refund, minus a $30 processing fee. Not attending class does not constitute an official drop out. After this date, no refunds are available. Our classes requires minimum number of students to run. The class size is small. The fees for the class are based on the specific number of students enrolled in the class. This is the reason behind our refund policy. We can only refund you if you drop out due to a documented medical emergency that prevents you from attending several class sessions.
Can't you just squeeze me into a full class?
Class limits are set for the benefit of all students, if classes are too crowded there is not enough work space, tools or individual instruction, so we do need to adhere to class maximums. Chicago Jewelry and Lapidary School does often open additional sections of popular classes so please get on the class waitlist if it is full. Be sure to sign up early to avoid classes being full!
Why does CJL School cancel classes?
We find it just as frustrating as you do to cancel classes and do everything we can to make classes run. We are constantly working to promote our classes and reach out to new students while retaining our current students. However, consistently running classes with 4 or less people would quickly put the school out of business, so we do need to cancel classes if enrollment is low.
Can I just come in and use the studios without signing up for a class?
Open studio time is included with every class so we encourage you to sign up! Or you have an option to rent the studio time on the hourly bases.