Making Spaces

ChickTech Chicago

ChickTech is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing the participation of girls and women in STEM while creating a culture of inclusion for all.

Chicago Knights

A city-wide team of high school students committed to learning and exploring STEAM topics as we prepare ourselves for the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Harold Washington Library

Chicago’s first free and publicly accessible maker space. Features intro workshops and open shop.

Idea Realization Lab

DePaul’s student-driven makerspace in the Loop provides the space and resources to craft ideas and learn from one another.


A Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to engaging the community through maker centered learning.

Pumping Station: One

A collaborative community of people driven to foster an environment for the exploration of the intersections between technology, art and culture.


Sessions for girls aged 7-10 years led by university STEM women to inspire girls to be creative and technical through 3D printing and other cutting edge technologies.

Analytics Lounge

A 501(c)(3) community lab dedicated to providing an environment in which we host discussions related to chemistry, engineering, biology, manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

Workshop 88

Hackerspace focused on science, technology, mechanics, culture and the digital arts we offer a space where people with diverse backgrounds can socialize, collaborate, learn and make.

Free Geek Chicago

A community organization that recycles computers and parts to provide functional computers, education, internet access and job skills training.

River City Labs

A community of creators. People who, when they aren’t creating, they are thinking about the next project they want to create, and maybe the project after that.


  • Maker businesses/startups in the area
  • Academic (closed) spaces
  • Products made in Chicago