What is the Maker Movement?  A maker is a broad term for anyone who is interested in making things by hand or tinkering with machines. There is a huge community of creative makers across the globe, many of whom are very open about sharing their space, equipment, and knowledge with others.

Orgs we love

Local makerspaces and maker friendly organizations. See also Makers in Chicago.


Keep up with the latest news at the Maker Lab.


Photos we’ve taken over the years at the Maker Lab.

Nation of Makers

Connect with a nationwide network of makers and makerspaces.

Makers in Chicago

A list of makerspaces and maker-related resources in Chicago.


A design community for those interested in sharing and building 3D printed things.


Chicago-based collective of new media artists, educators and activists on a mission to reestablish human agency in the information age through public events, workshops, digital tools and online programming.

Illinois PPE Network

A network of makers organizing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.