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Check out this year’s food trucks:

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Be prepared!

The sun is coming to Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!  The weather is predicted to be mostly sunny with a high of 71 degrees. However, you know Chicago can be a little sneaky with the weather so remember to dress accordingly!

Mostly sunny

Come and check out all our amazing Makers including: Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia, First Robotics, Build-A-Blinkie, the Interactive Art Booth, Artology, Paper Clay Miniatures, Official Schurz NHS Ice Creamery and so much more!

We can’t wait to see YOU there!

Meet the Maker: Mostly Harmless Arms

Wanna learn to make your own toy gun? Or maybe even shoot one at the Faire? Then join Mostly Harmless Arms to find out more!


Mostly Harmless Arms aims “to make toy guns fun for grownups.” Andrew Kane of MHA explains that “We think that the off-the-shelf blasters don’t shoot far enough for teenagers and adults to produce an active, engaging, outdoor experience that’s more fun than playing video games and better exercise as well.” They have published a variety of blaster designs for others to make, but they also sell completed blasters for those that would rather not build it themselves. It’s important to remember that complete eyewear is important with these products. Be safe and have fun!

At the Faire, they plan to have a table for participants to see the blasters, the blaster parts to see how they work. They might even have a shooting gallery so folks can try out the various blasters! Mostly Harmless Arms “want people to know these type of toys exist, that they can build their own, and that all the fun of a FPS videogame is available in meatspace.”

So come to the Faire and check out Mostly Harmless Arms!

Meet the Maker: Chicago Children’s Museum

Want to make a cardboard grabbing claw that reaches the ceiling? Check out Chicago Children’s Museum “Cardboard Mechanisms” at the Faire!


The Chicago Children’s Museum strives to “improve children’s lives to create a community where play and learning connect.” For over the past two years, the Tinkering Lab at the museum led by a team of educators, tinkerers, and artists provides families with a space to work in with real tools like power tools, variety of materials (wood, metal and fabrics), and much more. There’s even space for toddlers to have their own tinkering experience. Kim Koin, Director of Art and Tinkering Lab Studios, explains, “We want to nurture creative scientific minds, think in new ways, have children ask their own questions and test and retest their ideas.” One popular project by kids is making a car that rolls; the Lab is developing ways to cultivate that interest.

The museum believes that kids should be encouraged to build things. Kim Koin says, “For us, tinkering is a verb. We think that when we tinker, we are developing mindsets and habits of being an innovator and problem solver. There needs to be more creative problem solvers in the world.”

For the Mini Maker Faire, they will run “Cardboard Mechanisms.” With just cardboard slats, joints, and imagination, kids and adults will be able to make a series of levers that can be made into a variety of things including a giant claw or even a monster. The Museum will also have super large pieces of cardboard and they are excited to see what giant mechanisms people create together. They want people to learn by doing in this project and realize that failure is ok. If it’s not working, try again in a different way.

We can’t wait to have them at the Faire!

Meet the Maker: The Interactive Art Booth

Ever want to touch artwork? Have you ever wanted to shout at it? Then check out Kat Granat’s Interactive Art Booth!

The Interactive Art Booth

Ms. Granat’s art focuses on breaking down inapproachability of the art world and bringing together art and technology. Kat Granat creates wonderfully interactive pieces that breakdown the boundaries between art and technology and between artist and audience. People can see that art and technology can be united in really meaningful ways while at the same time, she wants to show that art can be appreciated by anyone. Kat Granat hopes her work will inspire people to create and to converse. She said, “Everyone should have the joy of making a thing. It doesn’t have to be the Mona Lisa or a $30,000 robot…We need art, we need technology. We need both of those things.”

For the Faire, she’s going to show off several of her pieces and have an activity for people. She’s going to let people have a self-guided tour of her art pieces including a piece from Passive/Aggressive show and a robot from a recent show “Friendly Neighborhood Robot Factory.” In addition to showing off her incredible works, she’ll have an activity for all ages. Kat Granat will show people how to make interactive paper sculptures with LEDs in them. That sounds super exciting!

We are looking forward to seeing Kat Granat’s Interactive Art Booth at the Faire!

Call for Makers Now Open!

Chicago Northside Maker Faire has finally arrived!

Maker Faire is a venue for inventors, technophiles, artists, crafters, mad scientists, hackers, musicians, and anyone who makes cool things and want to show others how it’s done.

Apply Now!

Reserve your maker table at Carl Schurz High School on Saturday, April 21, 2012.  We will be accepting applications until March 30.  There is no cost to makers to present.  Makers will also be featured on our website and advertisement.

All ideas and creations are welcome.  We are looking for diversity, so the more inventive the idea, the more likely it will be selected.

Questions? Contact us at ChicagoNorthsideMF@gmail.com