Nearparkers Family Workshop is the working title of a community tinkerer/maker/hacker/creator space being planned to be located near Oak Park and Forest Park. The goal is to have equipment and a family friendly space to share, and to feed off of each other’s creative juices. We are looking for people to follow along as progress updates come out and also looking for people to actively drive the creation of this cool space. The space will have members who pay a monthly fee to have 24 hour access, and it will also have set meetings or workshops open to the public. You can use the saw in your own basement; you can work on open source software on your laptop wherever you are; you can practice dancing at your studio. But here you can do it together! One of many possibilities: building 2 sizes of wooden jump boxes, sewing electronics into fabric, setting up cameras that sense them, writing software to render the data: resulting in geeky art to be proud of.

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  • New Member
    Dave Dave joined
    May 31, 2013
  • New Member
    George George joined
    March 18, 2013
    "Entrepreneur and artsy individual. I have training in machine, welding, general woodworking, etc. I am rusty in all of it though. I miss being able to make things, and it is $$$$ to get all of the equipment yourself."
  • New Member
    Micah T. Micah T. joined
    March 13, 2013
    Micah T.
    "I'm interested in developing a family/child friendly workshop space. I'm an eager entrepreneur looking to have a space in which I and my son can develop skills in a makerspace environment."
  • New Member
    Tom M. Tom M. joined
    February 11, 2013
    Tom M.
    "Hello. I've been involved in rapid prototyping for 35+ years, including sculpting, molding, casting, painting, fabricating, and digital work."
  • New Member
    Patrick O. Patrick O. joined
    January 31, 2013
    Patrick O.
    "I am an augmented reality software developer who is into all things techie - gadgets, robots, ai, gaming. Always been fascinated and inspired by the Maker community, but have to-date been decidedly software rather than hardware oriented."
  • New Discussion
    Salvador G.

    "Workshop 88 is planning the following classes for February...."

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  • New Member
    Salvador G. Salvador G. joined
    January 23, 2013
    Salvador G.
    "Currently residing in near West Chicago suburb. Technical writing & English/Spanish­ translations plus other activities keep me busy."
  • New Member
    H. L. H. L. joined
    January 10, 2013
    H. L.
    "Amazing Lawson new the Makerspace subscriber to makezine and instructables carpenter, home renovator and cnc machinist"
  • New comment
    Susan P. Susan P. commented on Plan and Record Fundraising Video
    December 16, 2012
    Susan P.

    "Is the Plan portion of the agenda just about the video? Or is this Planning plus Video?"

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