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There are nearly 200 Maker Faires around the world right now. Some are small and some are really, really big. We are very excited to announce that this year, we’re coming to Chicago and this one is going to be big! With the addition of the Maker Faire Chicago, along with the Bay Area and World Maker Faire in New York, we now have 3 “flagship” faires, or as we refer to them in the editor room “the giant insanely amazing ones.”

We’ve partnered with the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, called C2E2, which means that this Maker Faire is going to be truly unique. Can you imagine what kind of sights and sounds will be at a Maker Faire mixed with a Comic Expo?

Take this:

and add it to this!

There will be robot cosplayers dancing with real robots, more game props than you can imagine, comic books, electronics, and (my personal favorite) real deep-dish pizza.

The Maker Faire will be held April 22 & 23 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, so start planning now. While attending is a blast, many makers know that the true magic is in being a part of the Faire. The Call for Makers is now open and we’re looking for Performers, Artists, Startups, Presenters, and all sorts of Makers.

Here are some topics we’re especially interested in seeing this year:

    • Student projects
    • Robotics
    • Homegrown Drones
    • Arduino projects
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Space projects
    • Food makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
    • Conductive materials projects
    • Kit makers
    • Interactive art projects
    • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
    • Textile Arts and Crafts
    • E-Textiles
    • Home Energy Monitoring
    • Rockets and RC Toys
    • Sustainability & Green Tech
    • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
    • Electronics
    • Electric Vehicles
    • Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
    • Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
    • Bicycles
    • Large-scale Art
    • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
    • Music Performances and Participation
    • Unusual Tools or Machines
    • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.

Of course, if your particular project isn’t listed here, don’t fret! Apply anyway, we love it when you do.

Get your applications in as soon as possible, as the booths will likely be filling up at a fairly rapid rate. To apply, go to the Call For Makers page and find the appropriate button.

(Chicago skyline photo: Daniel Schwen)