Collaborative Maker Exhibition Workshop, Saturday, May 21st, 10am -12pm

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If you want to exhibit at the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire, and would like your exhibit to somehow connect to or be part of a collaborative experience, come join other makers as we workshop ways to:

  • Co-exhibit
  • Collaboratively design an exhibit
  • Create exhibits that naturally connect to others
  • Highlight connections between your exhibit and another

We will examine themes (art, motion, larger than life, your idea?) to help get your creative juices flowing, then break into groups to develop the ideas that resonate with you. By the time you leave, you should have identified potential partner(s) and have enough of a plan to update your existing application to be a maker!

Saturday, May 21st from 10:00 – Noon

Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago

(Includes admission for you and 2 guests, plus parking for one vehicle)

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Why a meetup?

We value our makers’ feedback and at our 2015 debrief, you told us you wanted opportunities to engage with each other BEFORE the event, as well as opportunities to collaboratively plan your exhibits.

How to register:

Before using this Eventbrite link to register, you will need to apply for the 2016 Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire. You will need your maker ID number to register. Don’t worry, the application is non-binding and you have total control over its content.

What to bring with you:

Your creative muse, a tangible item that illustrates the types of things you enjoy creating, your maker ID#, and an open mind.

Who is this for?

Any maker who wants to infuse collaboration into their exhibit!

Participation Required?

Absolutely not! This workshop is entirely optional, but it will be a fun way to engage with other makers as you plan for your exhibits.

I have more questions! Who can I ask?
You can email us at info, Tweet us @ChiMakerFaire, or Facebook message us at


Tentative Agenda

10:00 – 10:15
Welcome, Introduction, Ninja

10:15 – 10:20
Review existing makers and planned attractions

10:20 – 10:30
Theme-centered brainstorming

10:30 – 11:15

11:15 – 11:30

Calling All Makers!!! The 5th Anniversary Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire is Here!

It’s the 5TH ANNIVERSARY of the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire?! And the Call for Makers is OPEN! Got an idea, a weird hobby, or a cool project? Come show your stuff! It is FREE to participate as a maker, and the earlier you submit, the more likely you will be chosen for a Maker feature.

Saturday, May 7th, 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Schurz High School
3601 N. Milwaukee Ave.

DEADLINE to Apply: April 1st (Not a joke!)

To summarize Maker Faire briefly, it is the world’s largest Do-It-Yourself festival, celebrating the inventions, technologies, arts, crafts, literature, science, hobbies, and ideas of anyone who likes to create. Chicago Northside Maker Faire focuses on inspiring students to work with their hands and show others to do the same. We welcome especially hands-on experiences, workshops, learning and teaching of any form, and young makers!

Here are the ways you can participate:

1) SHOW your stuff! If you or some you know have a cool project to share, please SUBMIT A PROPOSAL.

Proposals are due by April 1st.2) VOLUNTEER for CNS Maker Faire HERE. We need help signing in guests at the door, handing out goodies to those who donate, helping makers setup, and directing traffic. All volunteers get free lunch and free hugs!

3) ATTEND the fifth annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, bring your friends and family! Reserve your FREE tickets today. (Donations are welcome through Eventbrite and at the door if you wish to help support those who are unable to pay, and keep this a free event.)

4) Any individuals or companies who wish to CNSmakerfaire for more information.

Follow us on Facebook and @CNSmakerfaire and spread the word! Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you all there!

Christina Pei & The CNS Maker Team

NOTE: Any ICL student can use the LTMaker lab equipment for free (and possibly be provided with materials) if you are involved in this event. See Mr. Solin to discuss further.

NOTE2: Poster Attached.


CNS-MMF _ 2016_Poster.pdf

Chicago Maker Challenge

Key Dates

  • December 20, 2015: Registration opens
  • February 25, 2016: Chicago Maker Challenge Launch Party at Motorola Mobility
  • March 1, 2016: Registration Ends
  • March 7, 2016: Last day for kit pickup
  • May 6, 2016: All project videos must be sent to:
    • Last day to send in completed Parental Consent Form to
  • May 13, 2016: Semi-finalists, finalists & additional winners are notified
    • All participants are welcome to attend the Showcase unless otherwise notified. However, only finalists, semi-finalists and additional winners are able to exhibit at the Showcase.
  • May 26, 2016: Chicago Maker Challenge Showcase at Motorola Mobility from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
    • 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1800