Registration is OPEN!

We are excited to announce that registration for the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire is now OPEN! Even though this is a free event, registering for a ticket via Eventbrite helps us plan so there are enough materials for everyone to participate in the making experience! Click the button below to register today.


With just under 3 weeks until the Faire, we are super excited about this year’s Makers. You can create phone apps that control robots, play with squishy circuits, help assemble 3D printed hands, create your own FrankenToy, dabble with woodworking, have your mind read by a computer science magician and so much more! Visit our Makers Page here to read more. We will be featuring many of these Makers is the upcoming days so make sure to check those out.

The Faire will be returning to Ford City Mall located at 7601 S Cicero Ave. 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 announcements.

See you August 6th!



Less than a month to go!

We can’t believe the Faire is just 27 days away!!  This week marks our FINAL CALL for makers, and registration for attendees will open up soon!

If you’re still curious about the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire or want a reminder of how great the event is, check out this great video from last year.

This video was captured and produced by the fantastic Nat Soti of the Chicago Art Department.

Join us on August 6th!

The Week of Making is Here!



Today marks the first day of the 2016 National Week of Making!! This national celebration, part of the White House’s Nation of Makers initiative, includes everything from this weekend’s National Maker Faire in Washington, D.C., to events and activities happening in neighborhoods across the U.S.

This week, we’re helping show the nation how Chicago is a city of makers. Several organizations (including our Faire organizers) have come together to highlight all the wonderful ways that Chicago Makes.  A calendar of local events and programs, as well as a social media feed from #ChicagoMakes, is featured on  If you’re looking for a program for yourself or your family, or to submit info on an event you’re hosting, check out the website for more details.

We know that making happens at home, at school or work, outdoors, or anywhere a maker is. So join us in highlighting how Chicago makes by sharing your creations to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #ChicagoMakes and #WeekofMaking. Feel free to use this selfie sign in your post. We can’t wait to check out what you’re working on – and hopefully see you at the Faire in August!

Looking for more info? Check out the White House 2016 Week of Making Fact Sheet.


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!