Makers in Chicago

For Young Makers

The Fab Lab at the Museum of Science & Industry: 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637

Part of the MIT network of Fab Labs, which are all over the world! The Fab Lab evolved from the Center for Bits and Atoms, and from a class called "How to Make (almost) Anything."

Tinkering Lab: 700 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

At the Tinkering Lab in the Chicago Children's Museum, kids can explore how things are made with real tools, like hammers, nails, and screws.

Bit Space: 2451 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

Youth maker lab with camps and after-school programs.

Kids Science Labs: South Loop + Lincoln Park

Workshops and learning for kids 2-12.

Hacker/Makerspaces | Incubators, Studios, & Labs

Pumping Station One: 3519 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618

The original Chicago hackerspace, take your making to the next level. Two levels of membership. Some events open to the public, including orientations.

South Side Hackerspace: 1048 W. 37th St., Chicago, IL 60609

Hackerspace near Bridgeport, adjacent to Make Chicago, a woodworking space with classes.

Polsky Center: 1452 E. 53rd St., Chicago, IL 60615

University Fab Lab and incubator with membership open to the community.

mHUB: 965 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

Innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing.

2112: 4245 N. Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641

Music, film/video and creative technology.

Lost Arts: 1001 North Branch Street, Chicago, IL 60642

Membership-based makerspace and event space.

Edgewater Workbench: 1130 W Thorndale, Chicago, IL

A makerspace with access to laser cutting and 3D printing near the Thorndale Red Line with daily access or monthly access fees.

Z-Axis Factory: 2150 S. Canalport Ave., 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60608

Membership space set up for coworking and fabrication.

Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center: 6433 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60626

Metalworking, woodworking, and casting available to members or students of the space.

Blue1647: 1647 S. Blue Island Ave., Chicago, IL

Entrepreneurship and tech innovation center.

Bethel New Life Small Business Development Center: 1140 N. Lamon Ave., Chicago, IL 60651

Technology and entrepreneurship workshops and accelerator.

Spudnik Press: 1821 W. Hubbard St., Suite 302

Facilities and space for artists and education for those interested in printmaking.

Lillstreet Art Center: 4401 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60640

Art classes for kids and adults.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts: 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637

The Logan Center presents concerts, exhibitions, performances, programs, and more from world class, emerging, local, and student artists.

Beverly Arts Center: 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655

Performances, classes, and camps.

Chicago Park District

Workshops in different crafts across the city!

Workshop 88

Glen Ellyn, IL


SpaceLab:11121 1st Street, Mokena, Illinois

Makerspace in the south burbs.


FreeGeek Chicago: 3411 W. Diversey Ave., Basement, Chicago IL 60647


Earn a computer by volunteering, or buy a refurbished computer. Keep old computers out of landfills by donating them. Learn about open-source software and how to use it on your own computer.

Rebuilding Exchange: 1740 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

Creating a market for reclaimed building materials.

Waste Shed: 914 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Collects and sells reusable art and school materials.

Working Bikes: 2434 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60608

Refurbished bikes!


Logan Lasers

A local laser cutting service. Submit your files online for a quote.

Chicago Artists Resource

Professional development, space, and events resource for creatives.


Find a maker or print shop in your neighborhood to print your project (for a fee).

3D Hubs

Find 3D printers for your lengthier prints.


Chicago Design Museum

108 N. State St. 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60602

A free learning festival in your own city three times a summer (on hiatus 2016).

Meet like-minded individuals interested in socializing and supporting each other while learning and trying new things.

You'll notice the makerspaces also have Meetup pages.


Take one-time, paid classes to discover new interests.

Online Resources

Skills Development Fee-based online classes.


r/3Dprinting: part of the social site Reddit, focusing on 3D printing

3ders: A news site about 3d printing

3ders applications: listing of new applications for 3d printing

Shapeways: Tutorials and marketplace


Thingiverse: a site to download 3d printing designs Learn how to do many different things with printable step by step instructions.

Trimble 3D Warehouse: another site to download 3d objects