Man holds up "Great Job" banner

2014 has been an exciting year for the Maker Lab. When we opened in summer 2013, we anticipated six brief but glorious months of making. Thanks to your continued interest, and the generosity of the Motorola Mobility Foundation, our maker activities have only grown. In August we experimented with the Mini Maker Lab. The Mini […]

3D hand printed in the Maker Lab

In case you missed it, the Chicago Public Library launched a new, powerful website last week. Searching for events is easier to do, and easier on the eyes. From the homepage, click on Events. On the left you can limit events by time, location, type and program name. One major improvement is that you can select […]

Our second field trip to Pumping Station: One is 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16. You can join us for the bus ride from the Harold Washington Library Center, or meet us at PS:  One. Pumping Station One is a hackerspace in Chicago. Its mission is to foster a collaborative environment wherein people can […]

Share Your Stories We’re excited to share the news that the Chicago Public Library is a finalist for the Institute of Museum & Library Service’s (IMLS) 2014 National Medal! In 2013, the IMLS awarded CPL the grant that allowed us to create the Maker Lab. You can share your CPL and Maker Lab stories on […]

Participants listening to tour guide

Let’s start off with a huge thank you to Pumping Station: One for being so welcoming and sharing your history, growth, builds and toys. From the Shape-Oko to the specially built, under $50 Internet-connected refrigerator for microbrewing, your philosophy of do-acracy is inspiring! Special thanks to our guides Adam, David, Will, Lyn, Eric, Ryan, Bart […]

Thursday, February 27, is our first trip to hackerspace Pumping Station: One. If you’ve been to any of our workshops, you’ve heard us talk about PS: One as one of the organizations we love. Learn about who they are, what they do and what it’s like at PS: One. They will give us a tour […]

Since the Maker Lab opened, we’ve viewed ourselves as an entry point for learning about new technologies, free software, creative spaces and learning opportunities. We’ve had the pleasure of hosting speakers from MSI’s Fab Lab, Pumping Station One and the South Side Hackerspace. We’ve had college students, CPS teachers and other folks from all corners […]