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Collaborative Making: SSH:C + MSI

This year’s faire will feature a collaboration between the South Side Hackerspace and the Museum of Science and Industry’s Fab Lab to create and launch gliders!

Visit the South Side Hackerspace to assemble the fuselage (main body of the aircraft) from components created by a computer-controlled foam cutting machine. You can also learn more about SSH:C and how to join. Afterwards, swing by MSI’s Fab Lab maker station where you can design your own custom glider and put it through real flight test.  Discover the basics a glider needs for flight and see you project soar through the air!  Prepare for take-off! 

sshc-squareThe South Side Hackerspace is a group of hackers and makers in the Bridgeport/Pilsen area. They seek to bring together like-minded individuals in order to create a “social, educational, and collaborative space for [themselves] and the community.” You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

The Wanger Family Fab Lab – or fabrication laboratory – is a maker MSIspace located at the Museum of Science and Industry.  Here you can dream up, design and make items from practical to whimsical using cutting-edge software and equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters and milling machines.  Dream it, design it, fab it!

Prepare to fly with this collaboration between the Museum of Science and Industry and the South Side Hackerspace on Saturday!


Good News: Maker Application Deadline EXTENDED!

The deadline to submit your Maker application has been EXTENDED!

You now have until next Monday (June 22nd) to submit your awesome project proposal in order to participate in the 3rd annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire at Ford City Mall. Proposals submitted by June 22nd will have the opportunity to identify their preferred booth location (Early Bird applicants will receive priority).

Don’t miss out on your chance to be an exhibiting Maker this year. We look forward to seeing you (and your awesome projects) at the Faire!



We Need Your Help!

While Chicago is rich with programs, events and learning opportunities, there exist areas of the city where resources and attention are not as plentiful. The Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire aims to help change that with its 3rd annual event on August 8, 2015!

Last year we were able to feature approximately 25 Makers and reach more than 700 attendees thanks to your generous contributions. This year, our goal is to engage 2000 attendees and feature 50 makers, while also increasing access and relevance for our target audiences.

Help us realize this vision by contributing to our Indiegogo campaign here! Every little bit helps us get closer to our goal.


2015 Call for Makers is OPEN!

The Call for Makers application for the 2015 Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire is now OPEN! If you are working on something awesome, share it with other Makers and Maker enthusiasts.

Maker deadline is June 15th.

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Happy New Year Makers!

Happy New Year from the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire Production Team!

As we enter 2015, we are gearing up for another year of making including the 3rd Annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire in August. Look out for further details.

Make sure you 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!