schurz block Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire Call for Makers and Bloggers

Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire is coming on Saturday, April 21st to Carl Shurz High School, with a selection of over 50 local makers, including:

  • The Museum of Science and Industry – Wanger Family Fab Lab
  • FIRST Robotics
  • The Open Organisation of Lockpickers – Lockpick Village
  • Animal Origami
  • Seikowave Low-Cost 3D Scanners
  • Beekeeping
  • And more!

The Faire is four weeks out, but there’s still room for a few more makers.   The Call for Makers is open until March 30th. Please submit a proposal at MakerFaireChicagoNorthside.com.

Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire is being co-produced by Dan Kramer, the new principal of Carl Schurz High School, and Chicago maker Christina Pei.

Kramer had the opportunity to visit the East Bay Mini Maker Faire on the Park Day School campus in Oakland, CA last fall and was inspired to bring a Maker Faire to to his school.  Schurz is a large, urban public high school with an incredible campus (see picture!), a background in FIRST Robotics high school teams, and a passion for project-based learning—a perfect host for a Mini Maker Faire.

Christina Pei is a maker of art, music, lockpicking, and mathematics. She has been a maker in every major Maker Faire in the US for the past two years, and wants to bring the event to every other major city in America, starting with the windy one.

Pei and Kramer are pulling this together with parents and staff from Schurz, but they could definitely use more hands.  Please reach out if you are interested and able to help with the following:

  • Blogging (pictures, Meet the Makers, etc.)
  • Advertising (getting everyone to get tickets to Maker Faire!)
  • Photography and Video (mostly for the big day)

Contact Christina and Dan directly at ChicagoNorthsideMF@gmail.com, and follow their progress via Facebook.

Sabrina Merlo

Sabrina is the Maker Faire Program Director. She works on stage content for the flagship fairs (Bay Area & New York), and also runs Maker Faire’s licensing program for locally and independently produced “Mini” Maker Faires. She also co-creates the East Bay Mini Maker Faire in her town, Oakland, CA.


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