photo labs in/near chicago?

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  1. thisismyname09

    thisismyname09 Member

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    Currently, my darkroom is at school. When school ends about a month from now, I can't do anything but shoot film and let it sit. Are there any (preferably inexpensive) labs south of chicago, around tinley and orland park, that will develop 120 film?
     
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    Use this site to help find a lab. All you need to do is supply your zip code then a list of labs will come up. You'll have to do some calling about film processes they provide.
    http://www.ipiphoto.com/
     
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    I just wanted to update this as there has been some considerable changes in the local labs.

    1. Helix has stopped processing film.
    2. Phoenix Imaging was sold to a digital printing company and they have moved to Lake Street near downtown. In the basement of that building, Gamma Imaging is located. Phoenix and Gamma both do good work (C41&E6). I think Gamma actually outsources some stuff to Phoenix. Also, both of them outsource B&W processing to some *mystery* entity in Evanston.
    3. Central Camera used to use Helix for a lot of their stuff. They now send it to Dwayne's in Kansas.
    4. CSW still does E6 and C41, but not B&W.

    As far as I know those are the only three "pro" film labs left in the area. If anyone has more info, please share.

    One more thing, Printlab does B&W processing, but focuses on high end printing projects, both darkroom and digital.
     
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    Looks like Helix is going out of business entirely, so I guess it's a good thing they stopped processing film a little earlier :-(

    I used to drop off my E6 at Helix's Highland Park location (and they'd run it downtown and back) because I work near there, but when that closed a couple of years ago I switched to CSW and just mail it. Glad to hear they're hanging in there.

    Duncan
     
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    Well, Phoenix Imaging has been sold again and is now part of A&B Photo and Print, which specializes in headshots. Still the same equipment and employees (2) as before. They are now at 218 N. Jefferson, Lower Level, only a couple of blocks from their last stop.
     
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    Just to update this. Phoenix Imaging no longer processes film in-house. Was quoted $36/roll for c-41 and flatbed scans. PASS.

    CSW is the only place in the 7 million population area of Chicagoland that does E-6 in house. That I am aware of.
     
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    Supply & demand. Go figure, I would of thought with so many people in the area.....perhaps most mail out?
     
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    I guess (?)

    The two other shops I frequent outsource their E-6 to Dwayne's. Which is fine. If you want to wait 7-10 days.