Central Camera Company Rebuild

On the night of May 30th into early morning May 31st, Central Camera Company, Chicago's oldest camera store, was destroyed and burned. We are still surveying the area to see if we can recover any assets, but at this time it looks like 100% destruction.

All funds raised on this page will go towards the restoration and reopening of our 121-year-old iconic camera store. We thank you all for your donations and kind messages. As our owner, Don said, “we’re going to rebuild it and make it just as good or better.”

Although this is a tough time for the store, it doesn’t compare to the loss of George Floyd’s life and the countless other Black lives lost. We stand with the African American community in solidarity.

Watch Don's full interview from the night of the fire:


NOTE: This GoFundMe is run by the Flesch family, who has owned Central Camera Company for 121 years since 1899. The funds raised will be used directly for Central Camera's rebuild at 230 S. Wabash, our site since 1929. This is the only official Central Camera Company GoFundMe page.


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  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 7 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 7 d
  • Heather Tran 
    • $15 
    • 15 d
  • Thomas M Stone 
    • $20 
    • 20 d
  • Amanda Colon 
    • $20 
    • 25 d
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Organizer and beneficiary

Don Flesch 
Chicago, IL
Albert Flesch 
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