Maker Lab

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

The Maker Lab offers both small group workshops and “open shop” through which patrons can design, prototype, and make their own projects using digital design software, 3D printers, laser cutter, and electronic cutters. 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 thanks to continued grant funding.

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 while they work collaboratively with others and with guidance from Maker Lab staff.

150,000

visits since its 2013 launch.

30

connections to Chicago Maker Organizations

1,600

workshops taught by program staff

15

hours of Open Shop each week.