Maker Lab

Library patrons and staff work together in the Maker Lab

The Maker Lab, on the 3rd floor of the Harold Washington Library Center, offers free workshops, open lab hours and drop-in demonstrations.

Contact Us

  • Phone: (312) 747-4300


  • Monday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


  • Digital design software
  • 3D printers
  • Laser cutters
  • Milling machines
  • Vinyl cutter

Using the Maker Lab

Participants must be 14 or older.

Open Shop

No registration is required for open shop.


Workshops are free; supplies are provided unless otherwise stated.

  • Register to reserve a seat. If you are unable to attend, call (312) 747-4400 to cancel your registration.
  • Walk-ins are welcome if seats are available.
  • 3D-printing classes accommodate eight participants.
  • Vinyl-cutting classes, laser-cutting classes and other workshops accommodate 12 participants.
  • Lectures and information sessions generally do not require registration.


If you have a group of five or more and wish to attend a workshop, email or call (312) 747-4400.

About the Maker Lab

The Maker Lab, Chicago’s first free and publicly accessible maker space, features introductory workshops and open shop for personal projects and collaboration. We opened the Maker Lab in July 2013 as a six-month experiment to explore the role of the library in makerspaces, community-operated workspaces where people come together to learn, create and collaborate. Community response was so positive, we extended the Maker Lab and continue to offer exciting new programs.

Our report Making to Learn chronicles the creation of the Maker Lab, our first six months of operation and our initial findings.

The Maker Lab is made possible by a generous grant from the Motorola Mobility Foundation through the Chicago Public Library Foundation.