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We Did It!

Thank you to all of our makers, attendees and volunteers!   The 4th annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire was awesome and we couldn’t have done it without your creativity, energy and and support!

Some highlights from Saturday:

  • The live birth of baby water flees!
  • An egg drop challenge!
  • Cool creations from old, repurposed toys!
  • DIY telescopes!
  • Student-built robots!
  • A live broadcast from Pop-Up Youth Radio!

We have some great photos and video from the event on our Facebook page.  Check out our feed for the links: Facebook


It was truly inspiring to see all the making happening in our community!

Follow us on  Facebook and Twitter for cool maker/making updates, plans for next year and to tell us about your experience.



The Faire is Here!

It’s showtime!  We are up and running and of course, making on the Southside!

Come meet our Makers and make something to take home at our FREE event happening until 5 p.m. at Ford City Mall. This year we have over 35 maker projects featuring science, gaming, technology, art, robotics, electronics and MORE!

Need a fun Saturday activity?  Don’t have a ticket?  No worries, it’s not too late!  You can simply register HERE or at the door.

If you can’t join us this time, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to receive event updates and to tell us about your making experience!

Yay for making!

Time to Make!

What a beautiful day for a Maker Faire!  Set-up is almost complete and our Makers are getting ready to share their projects with people of all ages.  Come celebrate the making happening in our city today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ford City Mall.

Today you can:

  • Build a custom glider and put it through a real flight test
  • Create and decorate a small wooden box
  • Learn to solder and make a light up badge
  • Play a large scale game of Battle Ship
  • Enjoy a treat at the concession stand
  • And so much more……!!!!

The Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire is FREE to attend – we invite you to roll up your sleeves and become a maker!

Simply register for your free ticket here:  REGISTER  For more information about getting around and how to find the venue, click here.

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to receive event updates and to tell us about your making experience!


Meet Our Makers!

Check out the Franken ToyMobile!  This pedal powered maker space travels around the city – with a focus on the south and southwest sides – offering free workshops to youth and families.  Toy parts that have been donated are reused to make an original creation to take home.  Let your imagination run wild, take something old, and make something new with the Franken ToyMobile at the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire, August 8!


Celebrate Making in the Midwest!

Making is inspiring people all over our region!

The first ever Maker Faire in Minnesota is coming soon!  At the Minneapolis/St. Paul Maker Faire, over 200 local and regional makers are coming to the Twin Cities to show what they’ve made and share what they’ve learned.  Check out the exciting projects that will be featured at our fellow mid-western Maker Faire happening on May 30th:

The event is being organized by Leonardo’s Basement, a Twin Cities nonprofit that for the past 16 years has operated educational workshops for young people and adults who are interested in building things.

Maker Faire Detroit is happening on July 25-26, 2015 and will feature over 400 makers!  Check out the wide array of things happening at the Faire:

The event is happening at The Henry Ford – a museum that celebrates past and present ideas and inventions of Americans:

Perfect Weather for the Faire!

The forecast predicts sunny and 79 degrees tomorrow with a 0% chance of rain!  We couldn’t ask for better weather tomorrow!  Don’t forget to reserve your FREE Southside Mini Maker Faire ticket-registration begins at 11 a.m.:

Be sure to check out all the cool things happening tomorrow such as:

  • 3D Printing
  • DIY Animal Toys and Pet Habitats
  • Lantern Making
  • Educator Workshops
  • and much more……..!!!!

See you tomorrow at Ford City Mall!

White House Maker Faire!

Last month the President hosted the first ever White House Maker Faire!  Makers across the country celebrated the  Maker Movement using #NationOfMakers to share projects.

Check out the designs, creations, and inventions that were featured and get inspired to bring your ideas to life!

Find the full story here:

And don’t miss out on the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire coming up on August 2nd at Ford City Mall!  Reserve your FREE ticket now: