What we're about

Pumping Station: One is Chicago's oldest and largest hackerspace at 3519 N. Elston Ave. We're a community of artists, software developers, electrical engineers, machinists, woodworkers welders, knitters and anything else you can imagine. Our members are passionate about making new things, fixing old things, learning about everything under the sun and teaching others.

Many of our classes and workshops are open to the public, and if you've ever been interested in making things (any things!) please join us and jump right in.

There is an open house on Tuesday evenings around 8 pm. Come for the start of the member meeting, introduce yourself, then one of the members will volunteer to give a tour for non-members.

Upcoming events (5+)

Shopbot Auth Part 2 with David E

Pumping Station: One

• What we'll do For PS1 members only who have been through the Part 1 authorization, as well as those current authorized users looking for a refresher. We'll meet at the ShopBot and run through controls, settings, cutter setup, and machine a simple part. The first ten minutes are spent cleaning up the woodshop. • Important to know This auth is limited to three people at at time.

Small Metals Office Hours

Pumping Station: One

Take a walk on the non-ferrous side of metals! Come work on projects and hang out with other 'smiths.

Orientation to PS1

Pumping Station One: Lounge

Are you new around here or interested in learning about PS:One? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that... and you’re hardly alone. PS:One has seen explosive growth recently, and we’ve decided to create a formal way of teaching new folk how to be a healthy, happy member of the PS:One community. Meet with PS:One old-timers (including at least one former president) to learn the many opportunities available to PS:One members, plus hacks for getting around easier. You’ll learn: the one and only rule you need to remember at PS:One! what mailing lists and IRC channels you should join how to get discounts on classes, tee-shirts, stuff around town, and even monthly dues! how to get certified on equipment how to bring new equipment into PS:One how to create a class, event, group, meeting, or what have you how to request a class, event, group, whatever how to blog the wiki. do-ocracy and how to do-ocratize things

Open House & Member Meeting

Pumping Station One: Lounge

Open to the public! Come see what Pumping Station: One is about. Bring your questions, enthusiasm, curiosity and maybe a friend. Member meeting happens downstairs in the lounge at 8 pm, Open House happens upstairs at 8 pm; open house attendees will get a tour of the space, Q&A session and a bit of an orientation about how the space works. PS1 members generally don't RSVP for the Meetup, but hey, whatever floats your boat. Open house attendees can meet and mingle with members after member meeting business is concluded. Some Tuesdays there may also be a board meeting at 7 pm, if signs are posted then that meeting (only the board meeting, of board of directors members) is a closed meeting. Pumping Station: One identifies as a hackerspace. For more information about this and other hackerspaces, see http://www.hackerspaces.org A hackerspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace or hackspace) is a community-operated, (often "Not For Profit" (501(c)(3) in the United States), work space where people with common interests, often in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, tinker, build, socialize and collaborate. Hackerspaces have also been compared to other community-operated organizations with similar aims and mechanisms such as FabLab, and commercial for-profit companies such as TechShop. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackerspace

Past events (1,241)

Open House & Member Meeting

Pumping Station One: Lounge

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