Hack Chicago July 21-22!


Join us and over 400 other students to be a part of the Midwest’s largest high school hackathon!

What is Hack Chicago?

Hack Chicago is the premier high school hackathon that looks to gather 400+ high school programmers throughout the Midwest for 24 hours of fun! All you need to worry about is building something awesome, and we’ll provide the rest – including mentors, sponsors, workshops and a great number of resources.

I don’t know how to code! Should I still come?

Yes!!! Our hackathon is the perfect place to learn about programming with all our different workshops we will offer at the event. Experienced mentors will also be there to help you throughout the event, so there’s nothing to worry about!

Go to https://hackchicago.io to learn more about the event

GirlCon June 16th 10AM-4:30pm


What happens when you gather gutsy, inspiring high-school females in one place, at one time to enhance their diverse passions in law, politics, social-good, art, economics, business with technology? Magic.

Come do exactly that! GirlCon is a Chicago-based event taking place at Northwestern University to encourage middle and high school girls to pursue their goals. GirlCon will have various workshops throughout the day that illustrate how technology is ingrained into every field. This event will be focusing on how technology plays a large role in EVERY field. The lack of women in tech is a big issue that everyone on the GirlCon team is striving to fix. Our goal is to provide girls with connections to successful women in their choice career field: we want every girl to feel empowered to reach her potential!

Come for food, free swag, connecting, learning, and be ready to be launched into your field of passion!

Check out our conference schedule and cohort of awe-spiring women speakers from the Obama Foundation, IBM, Baxter, Northwestern Unversity, and Chicago start-ups all at GirlCon.io! Follow up on Instagram @girlcon2018!

Chicago Makers Digest 05/07/18

Here are a bunch of great maker / art related events this week in Chicago! I highly recommend subscribing to the The Makers Nations. If you don’t see proper information in the email itself, click on the title link for details.

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Makers Digest 05/07/18

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 8

Open Dialogue: Migration & Museums 6:00 PM
In partnership with the Chicago Community Trust and the citywide On the Table event, this open dialogue invites cultural thinkers and visitors to consider the ways that artists migrate through systems, borders, and geopolitical lines. Invited participants include Xóchitl Bada, Director of the Latin American and Latinos Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Cesareo Moreno, Chief Curator from the National Museum of Mexican Art; and Aram Han Sifuentes, an artist who uses her work to speak to topics of institutions and migrant communities. This event takes place in the MCA Commons. More

PS1 Hackerspace Open House 7:00 PM
Open to the public! Come see what Pumping Station One is all about. Bring your questions, enthusiasm, and curiosity. We give a tour of the space after the member meeting, stick arond for 300 Seconds of Fame, our open-mic night for presentations. More

Wednesday, May 9

Artmaking Studio Day Every Wednesday: Make & Meet at AnySquared 3:00 PM
FREE Artmaking Session EVERY WEDNESDAY Drop in hours begin at 3pm until 10pm Supporting Artists for 7 years. Stop in. Make Art. Meet People. Brainstorm Projects. Plot Liberation. Be Social or Stay Focused. Supplies Available. We have plenty of basic supplies to share, but you are welcome to bring your own and make, share ideas, discuss possible collaborations. AnySquared also discusses upcoming art projects during studio day. More

Chicago Community Grant Program Salon, Spring 2018 6:00 PM
Be a part of the decision making model for funding a grassroots project that will benefit our city! How: Donate $5-$10, which gets you a delicious dinner, a vote, and entrance to the event. More

Chicago Women Developers Hack Night 6:00 PM
This weekly event gives ladies a space to code together. Whether you’re just getting started, or are a veteran in the tech world, there’s a seat for you at the table. BYOL: Bring your own laptop! You don’t have to be working on any project or learning anything new to come to Hack Night, it’s a great space to just hang out with other women who code. More

South Side Hackerspace: Chicago Weekly Meeting 7:00 PM
Wednesday night meetings are an open house, a brief meeting about hackerspace business, and a general time to meet and chat with members and non-members who felt like dropping by. It’s also a pretty good time for members to get certified on equipment. More

Thursday, May 10

Hand Lettering Workshop 1.0 7:00 PM
Smarkle Designs presents The Letter J Creates for an exclusive hand lettering workshop! Join us for a creative night of lettering! Are you interested in hand lettering or modern calligraphy? If you have little to no previous experience, this workshop is for you. We will go through the tools and materials, how to use them to make pieces of art. We will have plenty of drills and one on one time to get some practice in. We will then work on a final watercolor lettering piece for you to frame. If you are attending VINE 2018, you can enter the raffle to win 2 FREE TICKETS to this event! More

Chicago Suburb Hackerspace: Workshop 88 7:00 PM
Every Thursday night we have our public meeting starting at 7:00 pm. Meetings are always free and open to the public. Come build something with us! More

Mokena SpaceLab Public Hack Night 7:00 PM
A night for the public to come in and work on projects, talk to members, and hang out. We may be working on our Maker Faire, or fixing a 3D printer, or souping up a racing car. Who knows! Come on out and meet us. No skills or prior knowledge required. More

Friday, May 11

Show Don’t Tell: The 2018 VCD Design Show 5:00 PM
Visit the annual end-of-the-year design show and see work created by graduating seniors in the VCD Department! Explore a variety of visual communication design, ranging from posters and books to motion graphics and letterpress projects. Reception is free and open to the public. FRIDAY 5pm-8pm SATURDAY 10am-1pm More

UIC Year End Show 2018 5:00 PM
The University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture and School of Design invite you to the 2018 Year End Show. Please join us Friday, May 11th from 5-7 pm for an exhibition and celebration of the year’s work. University of Illinois at Chicago Architecture + Design Studios More

IIT ID 2018 End of Year Show 6:00 PM
The world exists in a state of flux and design both drives and responds to this complexity. Deeply understanding a dynamic problem, identifying for whom we are solving and who is part of the solution, building an informed point of view, then balancing comfort and tension. These are just some of the layers we select and rearrange to reach different nuances, dimensions, and in-depth solutions. Please join us to celebrate the past year of student work and the 80th academic year of IIT Institute of Design. More

Saturday, May 12

How Farms Become Factories and Why? Talk with Connie Johnston 2:00 PM
Connie Johnston, adjunct professor at DePaul University, and coeditor of Humans and Animals: A Geography of Co-Existence, will be giving a talk on “How Farms Become Factories? And Why?” More

Dine, Discuss and Design- Celebrating Our Success in STEAM 6:00 PM
This spring, black sheep are driving an old Willie Nelson bus to explore the meaning of the "A" in STEAM based approaches to learning. We want to learn what’s happening in the classroom, what’s taking place in out-of-school learning environments, and what’s going on in the artistic and entrepreneurial collaboratories of future-focused, community-connected small businesses and non profits. Kokomo has a wide variety of STEAM related programs that are changing the way our students and our citizens think. We have amazing local programs that are helping entrepreneurs grow and stretch. Please come help us celebrate our successes and dive into a discussion on how we can do even better. More

Design Show 2018 6:00 PM
More than 50 master’s students in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects, Design for Emerging Technologies, and Fashion will present their innovative work. SAIC’s unique approach to design education in an art school is on display in this exhibition. Reception: Saturday, May 12 6:00–8:00 p.m. More

Sunday, May 13

Spudnik Press Community Day 2:00 PM
Come take part in a day of communal printmaking presented by our 2017/2018 Studio Fellows, Molly Berkson, Ben Garbus, Brendan Robson, and Cristina Umaña. As a culminating aspect of their 7-month Fellowship, these artists have collaborated to design and present a robust day of programming that invites our community to see, make, and talk about artwork. Spudnik Press Community Day is also a day to celebrate the artwork and accomplishments of these four emerging artists. Spudnik Community Day will fully activate our studios and include two collaborative drop-in workshops, a pop-up exhibition, and a panel discussion. All of these activities focus on communal printmaking practices and the intersection of various processes and motives within the umbrella of printmaking. More

Apply for HCL’s Sponsored Artist Program and Winter Intensives Deadline May 13th

Maker Lab Specialist Position (college student or graduate)

Maker Lab Specialist Position


Under general supervision of Chicago Public Library staff and the Advanced Resources Program Manager, Maker Lab Specialists assist the public in using the library’s first free and publicly accessible maker space. Maker Lab Specialists respond to requests for assistance with laptops, software, 3D printing, vinyl cutting, laser-cutting, and other equipment. They help plan classes, perform routine maintenance on equipment, and meet and greet lab visitors. This position requires a high level of teamwork, responsibility and customer focus as well as the ability to interact with the general public in an appropriate manner.


  • College student or graduate
  • Familiarity with basic functions of software, email, and internet
  • Commitment and ability to learn and use basics of automated library systems


  • Responds to patron inquiries; Assists and trains patrons on all of the equipment available in the Maker Lab
  • Conducts training and provides assistance to patrons during open shop
  • Maintains lab appearance which includes set up, clean up, and organization of the space
  • Assist in planning and instruction of classes on a variety of technology related subjects
  • Updates signage, displays, as well as class and tutoring materials as needed
  • Operate a variety of equipment including laptop computers, 3D printers, vinyl cutters, laser cutters, printers, copiers, and other equipment
  • Performs basic technical maintenance when needed
  • Contributes to daily record and statistics keeping
  • Resolves less complex technical problems immediately; Refers more complex reference and technology issues to senior level library staff


  • Experience with 3D printers, Vinyl cutters, and/or laser cutters preferred
  • Job experience and/or coursework in computer technology, hardware or software applications and troubleshooting
  • Solid interpersonal and communication skills for providing customer service and interacting with staff across the organization
  • Willingness to take direction; ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, and service-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time and tasks independently and appropriately
  • Ability to work successfully with the public
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Desire to help their local community
  • Patience with students and patrons
  • Experience as tutor or instructor
  • Previous leadership experiences, and/or other work related experience highly desirable

Salary: $15 per hour

Hours: 10 hours per week

Location: Harold Washington Library

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Lisa Carroll

Program Manager


111 W Jackson

Suite 750

Chicago, IL 60604

Note: All hired candidates will need to submit to a finger print and background check. The start of the position will be dependent on finger print and background check clearance.

HackClub: Computer Science Resources

Please see info below:

My name is Michael Parekh and I’m a sophomore high school student in the Chicago area.
I’m part of the non-profit Hack Club, a network of hundreds of high school computer science clubs across the world, and have been helping with the launch of https://hackathons.hackclub.com, a list of free computer science events for high schoolers.
Michael Parekh
Outreach Volunteer | Hack Club