Maker Faire Chicago

Maker FaireComics, pop culture and maker culture is colliding in the windy city!

We have teamed up with the folks who created Maker Faire, “The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” and are co-locating with Maker Faire Chicago to bring you a weekend celebrating the creative spirit that our Fans, Creators and Guests share.

If you’ve ever wondered how to bring something from your favorite fandom’s world into this world, then Maker Faire can show you how. Maker Faire brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.  In the past, makers have demonstrated their expertise in a variety of areas including but not limited to soldering, lock-picking, coding and crafting that usually includes some kind of technology.

Many bring their love of pop-culture into their making – you may see a storm trooper power racing or fully functional R2-D2s and BB-8s built by Star Wars fans. 

Maker Faire tickets are on sale now.  Just include them on your C2E2 ticket purchase at a special “add-on” price. Please note that Maker Faire tickets are sold for the specific show day.

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What is Maker Faire?

Maker Faire is the "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth"—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

What is the Maker Movement?

When Make: magazine was created by Dale Dougherty in 2005, it provided the catalyst for a tech-influenced, grassroots, DIY community that has come to be identified as the “Maker Movement.” As the movement has gathered increasing momentum, Makers have created their own market ecosystem developing new products and services. The combination of ingenious Makers and innovative technologies such as the Arduino microcontroller, Raspberry Pi, and personal 3D printing are driving innovation in manufacturing, engineering, industrial design, hardware technology, and education. Over the years, the Maker Media has become synonymous with the Maker Movement and is the recognized leader of this growing community of Makers. Make: magazine and Maker Faire are very proud being the nurturing ground for this growing community of creative and curious people.

What are the Hours of Maker Faire?

  • Saturday, April 22: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM 
  • Sunday, April 23: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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