Museum of Science and Industry

Dream It, Design It, Fab It!

Event Essentials

  • Ages:
  • This event is suitable for Grades 4-8, Grades 9-12, Adults.
  • 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 older; children under 13 must be with a ticketed adult chaperone. Capacity is limited.

Available Fab Lab Sessions (March 19 - May 22)

Choose from one of these sessions we offer:

3D Printing
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (also at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday)
Explore the latest in printing technology and take home a mini version of yourself! 60 minutes.

Laser Cutting
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m. (also at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
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.

Museum Hours
  • Extended hours through April 12
    Daily* from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    * April 5: closing 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
Getting Here

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