Museum of Science and Industry

Dream It, Design It, Fab It!

Event Essentials

  • Duration:
  • 20 to 60 minutes
  • Location:
  • Main Level, Enterprise
    Museum Map
  • 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 through Saturdays (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 10 and up. Children under 13 must be with a ticketed chaperone. Capacity is limited.

Available Fab Lab Sessions 

Session times are through June 13; we will be adding more sessions starting June 14. Sessions are subject to change, and capacity is limited. Advance tickets (see below) are recommended.

Choose from one of these sessions we offer:

3D Printing
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:45 p.m.

Also at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

Explore the latest in printing technology and take home a mini version of yourself! 60 minutes.

Laser Cutting
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
3 p.m.

Also at 11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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.

Vinyl Cutting
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Design and take home a customized vinyl sticker. 20 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.
Summer Camp
Our summer camps invite youth ages 10-13 (entering grades 6 - 8) to spend a week in the Fab Lab making and exploring digital design and fabrication.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    through September 7 (see exceptions)
    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
Getting Here

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New Online Activities

  • Online Activity
  • goREACT

    Create virtual chemical reactions anywhere with this interactive periodic table.

All Online Activities

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