South Suburban Chicago Maker Space Raises Expansion Funds on Kickstarter

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SpaceLab located in south suburban Mokena started a Kickstarter campaign to raise additional funds to expand their programming. In addition to capital items like a 3-d printer and a lathe, additional funds will help SpaceLab better serve the community with much-needed classes, vocational, and technology training.

SpaceLab launched a year ago as a small coworking space a year ago, SpaceLab has held classes, workshops, and events that educate the public in next-generation technology and traditional trades and crafts.

They have now filled our space with a soldering station, CNC mill, classroom, and other tools. They have also grown into a local hub of learning and technology, with support from the Mayor of Mokena, The Mokena Technology Committee, Mokena Messenger, and several local programming and small business groups.

Working with adults and children, SpaceLab’s goal is to become a community space that empowers people to learn skills in manufacturing and technology, and trains the next generation of creators to make things right here at home in the south suburbs of Chicago.

Their goal is to raise additional funds to move into a new space in the heart of downtown Mokena. The new location would have a large front room area, two offices, a full bathroom, kitchen, and a large back garage/industrial space with a loft. The total space is about 2,200 sq/ft, or more than double what they currently occupy.

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Check out their Kickstarter campaign