Maker Lab

Tech mentors help teens and adults experiment with design programs and other high-tech tools

The program offers both small group workshops and “open shop” through which patrons can design, prototype, and make their own projects. Initially planned as a 2013 pilot project and funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Maker Lab is still going strong in 2016 thanks to grant funding from the Motorola Solutions Foundation.  A 2013 recipient of a Social Innovator Award from the Chicago Innovation Awards, CPL’s Maker Lab is the first, and still the only, FREE maker space in Chicago. In the space, library patrons can experiment with new technologies such as 3-D printers and laser cutters while they work collaboratively with others and with guidance from Maker Lab staff.

130,000

visits since its 2013 launch.

6

temporary "pop-up" Maker Labs across Chicago.

1,200

workshops taught by program staff.

15

of hours of Open Shop each week.