What is Maker Faire?

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Glimpse the future and get inspired!

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About Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire

ChicagoNorthside_MMF_logos_GooglePlusChicago Northside Mini Maker Faire is the first and largest Maker Faire in the Chicagoland area.  We continue to be a local grassroots effort that reflects how our city’s youth define the Maker Movement.  In  2011, local lockpicker and mathematics educator Christina Pei teamed up with Schurz High School‘s Principal Dan Kramer to found this local celebration of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) spirit. Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire focuses on education of all forms–educators teaching educators, amateurs teaching professionals, students teaching families. Every year, roughly one half of the exhibits are run by Young Makers (ages 18 or younger), showcasing a broad range of talents, from 3D printing, to up-cycling, to aquaponics. Our other makers include sponsors who believe in democratic education, museums which invest in hands-on learning, hackerspaces and makerspaces that build awesome things, and local businesses at the forefront of the Maker Movement. On May 4, 2019 we present our 8th Annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire. We anticipate 100+ makers and 2,000+ attendees. Come join the fun!



Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine.  It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events.  Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.