Museum of Science and Industry

Dream It, Design It, Fab It!

Live Science Experience Essentials

  • Ages:
  • This live science experience is suitable for Grades 4-8, Grades 9-12, Adults.
  • Duration:
  • 20 to 60 minutes
  • Location:
  • Main Level, Enterprise
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  • Tickets:
  • This exhibit requires an additional ticket with a specified entry time.
  • Cost:
  • Nonmembers may select a Fab Lab session as part of an Explorer ticket package. Members: $8 adults/seniors, $6 children.

Tuesdays and Thursdays (see left for session times)

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Calling all inventors! Try your hand at manufacturing design, technology and engineering as you make an item in our fabrication laboratory, or Fab Lab. The Wanger Family Fab Lab is a small-scale workshop where you can dream up, design and make items from practical to whimsical using cutting-edge software and equipment.

For ages 8 and older; children under 13 must be chaperoned. Capacity is limited.

Available Fab Lab Sessions

Choose from one of three sessions we offer:

3D Printing
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Explore the latest in printing technology and take home a mini version of yourself! 60 minutes.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Design and take home a customized vinyl sticker. 20 minutes.

Laser Cutting
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m.
Create your own design (like a keychain) on our computer software, then watch as your design is cut into acrylic plastic on our laser cutters. 60 minutes.


Fab Lab sessions are not included in Museum Entry, and require an additional timed-entry ticket. Non-members may select a Fab Lab session as part of an Explorer ticket package.
Members: $8 for adults and seniors, $6 for children.

About the Wanger Family Fab Lab
Visit the Fab Lab's home page to learn more about the lab and its technology.

For up-to-date information, please see the schedule at the Information Desk on Main Level 2. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
More Information

Museum Location
Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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