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.

Thursdays through Mondays (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 older; children under 13 must be with a ticketed adult chaperone. Capacity is limited.

Available Fab Lab Sessions (Sept. 2 - Dec. 31)

Choose from one of three sessions we offer:

3D Printing
Thursday through Monday at 10 a.m.* and 1:30 p.m.
(* No Saturday 10 a.m. workshop from Sept. 27 - Nov. 22 and Dec. 6)

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

Laser Cutting
Thursday through Monday at 11:30 a.m.* and Monday, Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m.
(* No Saturday 11:30 a.m. workshop from Sept. 27 - Nov. 22 and Dec. 6)
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 and Sunday at 3 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.

Museum Hours
  • through December 20:
    Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Saturday - Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 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
Getting Here

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