Workshop 88 is a hackerspace (also known as a makerspace) located in Chicago’s western suburbs. Focused on science, technology, mechanics, culture and the digital arts we offer a space where people with diverse backgrounds can socialize, collaborate, learn and make. Through shared resources, knowledge and ideas we strive to create a space that promotes an inclusive community dedicated to creativity and learning.

For members the space is available 24/7. This is a great resource when you lack your own space or equipment for projects.

We have public meetings on Thursdays from 7pm til 9pm that are open to the general public. The meetings are informal and are not structured so it is a great time to come check out the space and get a tour. We don’t even charge for the sales pitch you get.

What do we have?

We have a variety of equipment and spaces for all types of projects. We have an electronics lab and a woodworking and metalworking shop. We currently have 3D printers, a laser cutter, vinyl cutters,  and cnc milling machine . Some of our equipment requires certification with a member.


We teach classes at the space and those can be found via meetup or our blog. We also will teach classes at libraries and schools as well as doing demonstrations for events. If you are interested in having us at one of your events or to teach a class contact us at info@workshop88.com.

How to Find Us

Workshop 88 is located at 41°52’37.0″N 88°03’58.2″W: 481 N Main St. Rear Building Unit B, in downtown Glen Ellyn, IL. Despite the Main St address, access is ONLY through the Schock Square (Pennsylvania Ave East) parking lot on Pennsylvania.  If you are interested in learning more about Workshop 88 feel free to stop by for one of our regular Thursday evening public meetings or other events. You can also contact info@workshop88.com for more information or to schedule a visit.

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From the corner of Main and Pennsylvania in downtown Glen Ellyn, follow this video to find our location.  Note that Honey Cafe referred to in the video is now A Toda Madre – “Creative market-fresh Mexican eats”.

History of Workshop 88

Workshop 88 was founded in late 2009/early 2010 by a group of makers from the Western Chicago suburbs loosely centered near the Interstate 88 corridor. Hence, the name Workshop 88 was adopted and the logo was a variation of a highway road sign.  Although the first location of Workshop 88, in Naperville, was reasonably close in proximity to I-88, we left that space for our present location in July of 2010.

Contact Workshop 88

  • General Information – info@workshop88.com
  • Events and Classes – Andrew Morrison (morris@workshop88.com)
  • Library Programs – Library Team (info@workshop88.com)

Board of Directors

  • Russ Lankenau – President
  • Rudy Ristich – Vice President
  • Ted Kitch – Secretary/Treasurer
  • Andrew Morrison – Advisor

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