Meet CPL’s Maker in Residence, Justus Harris

Justus Harris joins the Maker Lab at Harold Washington Library Center for a 10-week residency, Portraits of Health Beneath Steel and Stone: 3D Printing Open City Data, from November 5 to January 16. Harris will discuss how he turns numbers into meaningful art at our Maker in Residence introduction Saturday, November…

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Pocket Con: Celebrate Diversity in Comics October 8

Pocket Con, Chicago's only comics convention for youth featuring the works of artists and writers of color, women and LGBTQ creators, is 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 8 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street. Pocket Con provides a space for creators and young fans to meet, and for teens, kids and adults to…

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Get Creative: ArtWorks Weekly Drop-In Studio at HWLC

Beginning September 19, we're offering ArtWorks Drop-In Art Studio on Monday evenings at Harold Washington Library Center. Participants direct our topics and projects, materials are provided, and each session is facilitated by graduate students in the art therapy program at the School of the Art Institute. Join us to explore your creativity with members of your community—see what…

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Join CPL at Southside Mini Maker Faire on August 6

Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend? Bring them to the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire. The free event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 6 at Ford City Mall, 7601 S. Cicero Avenue. The Maker Lab and YOUmedia will be there alongside makers from all over the city showcasing their work…

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Maker Lab Offers Walk-In Workshops This Summer

Have you been meaning to check out a workshop at the Maker Lab? It’s your lucky summer! Now through August 30, all workshops will be offered on a walk-in basis, with no registration. You can sign up for a spot 15 minutes before a workshop begins. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis until the class is full. To find…

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National Week of Making: June 17-23

Celebrate making with us during National Week of Making, June 17-23! The Maker Lab is featuring special guest workshops presented by Pumping Station: One, the Chicago Innovation Exchange and the Chicago Mosaic School. We'll also debut our first Dig Deeper class for those looking to learn more about advanced techniques in 3D printing. Plus, we always offer Open…

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Maker Lab Events: Cryptoparty, Knitting Machines and More

In the Lab Wondering how to keep your data safe? We're hosting Learn to Protect Your Data on Saturday, May 14, part of Cryptoparty Chicago. Bring your mobile device to get the most out of the event, and find out which encryption and security apps to get…

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DIY: Mayor Harold Washington Bust

In honor of the Harold Washington Summit this Monday, May 9, we created a 3D scan of the late mayor in the Maker Lab. How We Made It Using photographs, 3D scanning technology and free CAD software, the Maker Lab team created a copy of the bust of Harold Washington that’s proudly displayed in…

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Maker Lab: Check Out These May Events

May, when everyone comes out to play, especially the makers. Here are some events you won't want to miss. Events Around Town The Strandbeests have taken over the Chicago Cultural Center. You can walk a 7’ tall kinetic sculpture made of PVC pipes, connectors and plastic ties until May 1. The Northside Mini…

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Show Off Your Really Tiny House at the Really Tiny Block Party

All season long, people inspired by the architecture and design of The Third Coast have gone beyond the book to create their own really tiny houses at CPL's Maker Lab. Now, as the season draws to a close, Chicago Public Library is holding a competition for the best Really Tiny House during our Really Tiny Block…

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