Welcome toChicago Lighthouse Industries

Chicago Lighthouse Industries manufactures high-quality products for federal and commercial customers including clocks, calendars and other consumer products.

How We Operate

Chicago Lighthouse Industries operates as a social enterprise, providing industrial job training and continuous employment to people who are legally blind through the production of high-quality brand name consumer products for federal and commercial customers. We also perform subcontracting work for outside organizations.

Specialty Clocks

Our precision wall clocks are made by individuals who are legally blind. Find a wide selection of sizes, styles and movements to meet your every need, including custom clocks.

Our History

What began in 1906 as a subcontracting project for a basket-weaving shop is now called Chicago Lighthouse Industries, a sister agency to The Chicago Lighthouse with a mission focused on providing industrial job opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. We began producing wall clocks in 1977 for sale to the federal government. Today, we sell to federal, state and municipal agencies, as well as to the commercial market. To date, we have crafted more than 5.75 million clocks and counting.

Board of Directors

As an independent entity, Chicago Lighthouse Industries is governed by an independent board of directors separate from The Chicago Lighthouse Board of Directors.

Meet Our Team

Meet Jean-Claude Kappler, a leader in product development with 25 years of experience creating job opportunities for people who are blind.


Chicago Lighthouse Industries is an associated agency of National Industries for the Blind (NIB) under the AbilityOne Program, established by the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act.

Visit Our Plant

See our work in action. Schedule a visit to our Chicago Lighthouse Industries manufacturing facility by contacting Dominic Calabrese at (312) 997-3662.