Call for Makers is OPEN!

4th Annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire, Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Call for Makers for 2016 is OPEN. Apply today!

What We’re Looking For

  • Individuals of any age, groups, clubs, or start-up companies that create handmade or homemade projects
  • Made projects or making processes that use technologies – new or old – in interesting ways
  • Interactive displays or demonstrations appropriate for all ages
  • Enthusiasm and energy to teach, share and demonstrate!
  • WOW factor in innovation, creativity and inventiveness
  • YOU!

See the application timeline on our Call for Makers tab or click the link above to apply today.

Save the Date: August 6th

We are thrilled to announce that the 4th annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire will be held August 6, 2016 at Ford City Mall! Our team has been busy with planning and we can’t wait for you to take part in another year of making with us.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter so you can hear about all the exciting things we have in store for this year.

Happy Making!

-Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire Production Team


There are officially 27 hours left before the opening of the Faire! Setup begins today and we’re so excited to see everyone tomorrow! Weather is going to be mid-80s and mostly sunny – perfect making weather – and we have a few surprises in store for attendees:-)

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the weekend, and please social share your own experiences using #chimakers and #makerfaire hashtags.

If you want to get even more pumped for tomorrow, here’s another look at the 2014 Maker Faire yearbook (our event was included!):

See you tomorrow!

We need your help!

Today is exactly one week away from the Faire and we are SO excited to see everyone on Saturday!  But we’re still looking for a few more volunteers to join our team.

Volunteers help make the event a success for all – from helping setup to supporting our makers during the day.  You can sign up for as few as two volunteer hours and then enjoy the rest of your day! Signing up is easy; click here to be part of the fun!

For general volunteer information, visit our website page.

See you on Saturday!

Thank you, Marya Spont-Lemus!

It is our distinct privilege to thank our BUILDER-level sponsor, MARYA SPONT-LEMUS!

You score phenomenally high in the kind-o-meter. Seriously, I checked.

You too can receive a special thank you on our website and Facebook page too by donating to our Indiegogo campaign! Visit our campaign page to learn more. 

Thank You, Christina Pei!

We are thrilled to thank our BUILDER-level sponsor, CHRISTINA PEI!

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Thank who?
Thank you!

You too can receive a special thank you on our website and Facebook page too by donating to our Indiegogo campaign! Visit our campaign page to learn more. 

Special Announcement…

With a little less than three weeks from our big event, we’re super jazzed about the Makers who have already been confirmed to participate!  So far 35 Makers have already been confirmed with a few more that are still pending. You can see the evolving list here. We have also started posting daily features on our makers, so subscribe to our blog to learn more about our makers.

There are only 4 days left in our Indiegogo campaign, so to help with the final fundraising push this week, an anonymous donor is offering a dollar for dollar match for EACH contribution of $25 or less, up to a total of $1,000! They want to see how many different people are willing to support keeping the Maker Faire on the southside. (Of course, larger donations are welcome too!) Let’s use these last few days to show your support!

We’ll be featuring some of our makers in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned to learn more!  In the meantime, please continue to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our webpage, and help spread the word about our campaign – just 4 days to go!!

Many thanks to all our donors – we can’t do this without you and we’re grateful for your support!! See you soon!

PS – check out this video the Chicago Art Department created about last year’s faire.