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YES Virginia, there is a Chicago Southside Maker Faire!

… and you don’t want to miss it by visiting this old site that contains only historical data for 2013-2016 faires. Please visit our new site: for current and accurate information!



50 Days until the 5th Annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire!

Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire! It is returning to its signature date: the 1st Saturday in August! This year the date is

Saturday, August 5, 2017

This year we will feature robot scrimmages, quadcopter races, and a mini golf course – all designed, built, and programmed by Chicago youth! We expect to showcase new products that have grown from maker hobbies to maker businesses. Of course, there will also be a wide assortment of projects from individual makers, formal organizations, and informal groups.Plan now to come out to share your maker project, enjoy other projects, watch robotics demonstrations, or learn how maker skills can jumpstart a business or career. This multi-generational event is sure to offer something for everyone.

To get your mind ready, take part in the National Week of Making celebrations and find a new project to make!

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.

Our First Wave of Makers Announced!

We are thrilled to announce the first set of makers for the 2015 Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire! Check out our new and returning makers who were among the first to complete their applications by clicking the linked text below:

Our 2015 Makers, Presenters, and Attractions

Applications are still being reviewed and accepted. If you already applied and don’t see your name here, your application is still being reviewed and you should have received an email by now. Contact if you have questions. Additional makers will be listed here as soon as their projects are confirmed!

Speaking of Making in the Midwest

We are happy to welcome the Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Faire to the Midwest Maker Faire family!

TOMORROW, May 30, 2015, take advantage of the beautiful weekend weather and attend their inaugural faire in St Joseph, Michigan.

Making Knows No Age

 Young Makers (ages 17 and under) are Encouraged to Apply!


We are especially interested in showcasing our young makers — and have reserved spots specifically for projects made by them! Youth (any age) may exhibit their projects through a demonstration, presentation, or workshop. However, all makers under 17 must be accompanied by an adult mentor or guardian.

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Who Learns via Cell Phone Light During a Thunderstorm?

This past weekend, part of our production team and a couple of youth from LevelUP managed the Learn to Solder station at Maker Faire Detroit. They, along with event volunteers, taught over 600 people basic soldering skills until the downpour cleared out most of the attendees.


Inspired new makers at Maker Faire Detroit learning to solder by cell phone light at Maker Faire Detroit, July 28, 2014

The Learn to Solder workshop has been a staple at many Maker Faire’s because it enables the learner to quickly learn something new AND make something cool at the same time. Learners were so engrossed in the soldering project, that rather than stop learning when storm stole the natural light, they chose to blend new technology (cell phone flashlight apps) with old technology (soldering irons) and created a new sport: Soldering by cell phone light! At our faire, we’ll be offering the Learn to Solder workshops every half hour. Saturday promises to be a beautiful and sunny day, but we’ll keep our cell phones handy just in case!

Don’t forget, the event is free but registration is required. Order your tickets today!