Made some Workshop 88 decals


Workshop 88 decals (click photo to see all decals)

I was at the Museum of Science and Industry this past weekend volunteering at the Fab Lab, and I learned how to use their vinyl cutter.  I made four different decals of the Workshop 88 logo.  One is a transparent decal, one is a bumper-sticker-style decal with a white background, and the other two are just logo decals on white that need to be cut out.

We’re looking to be getting a vinyl cutter at Workshop 88 very soon!  What will you make with it?


Public Meetings

Meetings are always open to the public. We encourage everyone to bring projects and ideas to Workshop 88. If you can’t make it to the meeting but still want to share your ideas, just email and we’ll be happy to bring it to the table for you. Hope to see you all there!

Feel free to come early to the meetings.  We start the meeting at 7:30pm, when we dive into whatever interesting projects people are working on. But members are often at the space by 6:30 pm.


Advanced Arduino class

Workshop 88 is offering a continuation of the Arduino classes featuring a concentration on interfacing the arduino with solid state relays, H-bridges and other ways of controlling high voltages sources and motors.

If you already have an arduino, you have all the materials you’ll need for this class.  Otherwise, you can order a kit and we’ll have it for you when you come to the class.

What you need to bring to the class: a laptop with the arduino environment already installed. What you’ll get from the class: an understanding of how to work with the arduino to control motors and 110-voltage devices.

When: April 3rd, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.


Printed Circuit Board class!

Minty Boost XL by Robert Hunt

Minty Boost XL by Robert Hunt @flickr

Jim is going to be running our Printed Circuit Board class again. Last time this class was offered it was really well received by those in attendance. This class will cover a variety of etching techniques. If you have any small circuits for which a PCB would be appropriate, let Jim Williams know right away. We might be able to add your boards to the class!

When: March 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: Workshop 88 in Glen Ellyn, IL


Introduction to Python

Python is a cross-platform programming language which is a popular choice for novice and advanced programmers. The design of python emphasizes the readability of code, making it easier for beginning programmers to learn.

In this class we will look at the basic framework of python programming and explore how to begin to design programs in python.

What you should bring to the class: If you want to use your own computer, you should download and install one of the stable versions of python from the python website.

When: March 24, 10:00am – Noon

Where: Workshop 88 in Glen Ellyn, IL

What you will get from the class: understanding of the python interpreter, how python classes are used, a basic understanding of how to write programs in python


Learn to Program! For Kids (Session 2)

Sure, you know how to play games on a computer, but do you know how to program one? How awesome would it be to actually control what the computer is doing instead of just playing someone else’s game? If you come to Workshop 88’s kid’s programming lessons we help you learn you how. We use a variety of tools like Kids Ruby and MIT Scatch to learn and practice the fundamentals of programming. All interest and ability levels are welcome. Ages 8 – 16. Please bring your own laptop and power cord. We will provide you with the software needed. $25 per class and $25 for the textbook (or join W88 for $50 / month and come to all the classes you want!)


Each Session is independent, so come whenever you can!


Session 1 January 5th, 7-8:30pm

Session 2 January 26th, 7-8:30pm

Questions?  Email


Our friends at PS:1 have a kickstarter going now…

We are not the only hackerspace in the Chicago area that is working on a kickstarter campaign. After you’ve signed up for the Hackerspaces in Space Challenge and pledged to the kicketarter, you should check this out:

Some of the guys over at nearby Pumping Station: One have a kickstarter that is a about halfway done.  They call their project the “Power Wheels Racing Series”.  What they do is encourage makers to trick out Power Wheelst toys into souped up racing machines.  Then, the makers all get together and race them for pride and glory.  Support our neighbors to the east!


Where to look for Workshop 88 information online

We’ve been trying to reach out online and connect with makers and hackers in the suburbs of Chicago for the last 2 years or more. Here is a sampling of all the places where you can get information on what is happening at Workshop 88.

First, if you’re reading this, congrats. You’ve found the blog. Also note that the blog has an RSS feed. (Yay, RSS!)

Every post that goes up on the blog is also sent out on the Workshop 88 twitter feed. Announcements are made there on occasion.  We reply to people when they send us messages on twitter, as well.

We have had great success with our meetup group. A majority of our newest members and guests have found us through meetup.

So there you go. All of the information that we post online can be found in these places. We post events to all of the places above at the same time, so no matter how you follow us, you should always get the details.

One last thing: it can be a little tricky to find Workshop 88 the first time you come to the space.  Fortunately, Fredo made a video showing how to get to the space.


Public meetings schedule updated.

The public meeting schedule on our events page expired after last night’s meeting.  It should now be up to date.  Also, you can connect with us on meetup, if you prefer.

General meetings are always open to the public. We encourage everyone to bring ideas to improve Workshop 88. If you can’t make it to the meeting but still want to share your ideas, just email and we’ll be happy to bring it to the table for you. Hope to see you all there!

Feel free to come early to the meetings.  We run the “business” meeting from 6:30pm to just before 7:30pm, then we break off and dive into whatever interesting projects people are working on.


Sick of 9/11 coverage? Call Film Yarn!

Workshop 88 member Fredo, who records his podcasts at Workshop 88 is looking for participation in his upcoming podcast.  Here’s his idea, in his own words:

Hi guys, as some of you know I do a weekly movie podcast called Film Yarn.

I want to try something, it’s short notice but I think it will work. I want you to call the Film Yarn line and tell us what movie you watched during the incessant covering of 9/11 to escape or help you conceptualize the new reality. It could be emotional or funny, I just want to know what you watched while the news were going 24/7 and there was nothing else on TV.

Please introduce yourself and then tell us what you watched and why. (931) 516 9276. The phone is a google voice mailbox.

Responses will be stitched together in an episode by Saturday, and published Sunday. I’ll add a commentary to the beginning of the show and reveal what movie I watched.

Please repost and forward as you see fit. I want as many varied opinions on the matter as possible.

For more on the podcast the URL is