Heartland Maker Fest 2019

October 5, 2019 | 9AM-2PM
Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana


Our community is full of amazing makers creating wonderful things. The Heartland Maker Fest focuses on bringing attention to these great projects that can inspire everyone.


Our community has the tools and resources around us to help make your creative dreams a reality.


We think one of the best ways to strengthen our creative maker community is to build connections between the diverse members.

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Maker and Fest Updates:

Meet the Makers: Bite the Chili

Nathan from Bite the Chili Productions makes new video games and projects/hacks for old systems! Come try out new games and activities for the Nintendo NES and Atari 2600. Nathan will also be showing code from these games, and will be happy to explain how games can be...

Meet the Makers: CUDO Plays

CUDO Plays is an Illinois-local board game design competition hosted by the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization. We bring together gamers, makers, and designers help them turn their tabletop game ideas into reality! Every year since 2013, we’ve guided teams over the...

Meet the Makers: Teen Open Lab @ The Urbana Free Library

The Teen Open Lab (TOL) started in spring of 2013 with a simple idea--build Library services for teens based on what the teens themselves tell us they need and want. The Teen Open Lab is a teen-guided space. It is important that our teen...

Meet the Makers: Kindred Collage

Kindred Collage is the project and hobby of Kristin Bowers, who uses collage in healing and self-expression. She sources antique and vintage magazines, books and ephemera and plays with themes of humor and modern femininity. Learn more about us on Instagram!

Meet the Makers: Fantasy Art by Elaine C. Oldham

Hi, I’m Elaine, a fantasy artist every chance I get. Pencil is my preferred medium because of the dynamic effects I can achieve with shading. You can find me at science fiction, anime/comic, and gaming conventions selling my art and doing drawings on site (or on...

Meet the Makers: EKAH

I am a visual artist, animator, and illustrator interested in exploring all media. Learn more about EKAH on social media! WebpageInstagramFacebook

Meet the Makers: AIGA at UIUC

AIGA at UIUC is the only professional graphic design organization on campus. Our mission is to be involved in the local design community, create a design community of our own and teach our members skills to help them in the professional world. Learn more about us on...

Meet the Makers: Forden Arts and Crafts

Pat is a local artist, who also create arts and crafts. She makes animals out of velvet, knit, and satin finish materials, and incorporates yarn into the creation. She designed the patterns for most of my animals. Pat began making horses, expanded to buffalo,...

Meet the Makers: TechHub

Join us at the TechHub for an introductory hands-on exploration of the latest technologies impacting teaching and learning including virtual reality, 3D printing, digital inking, 360 photography, gaming, and more! The TechHub is a free, hands-on, emerging technology...

Meet the Makers: Central Illinois Puppetry Guild

The Central Illinois Puppetry Guild celebrates storytelling through the art of puppetry. They provide a caring community in which puppeteers are encouraged and supported in the development of their craft. CIPG seeks to provide a safe haven for the sharing of ideas on...

Meet the Makers: Makerspace Urbana

Makerspace Urbana, a working group of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, is dedicated to enabling the blend of arts, humanities, science and technology. Our mission is to provide an open community lab where people of diverse backgrounds can learn, teach,...

Meet the Makers: Illinois MakerLab

The Illinois MakerLab is the world’s first Business School 3D Printing Lab! Their Mission: Our objective is to provide University of Illinois faculty and students and the Chambana community with the knowledge and resources to be at the...

Meet the Makers: CU Community Fab Lab

The Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab has truly become a staple of the DIY/Maker community in Champaign-Urbana and they are returning to the Heartland Maker Fest to show off all they have to offer. Be sure to stop, say hi, and get hands on with some of...

Meet the Makers: Central Illinois Aerospace

We are happy to announce that the Central Illinois Aerospace rocketry club will again be joining the Heartland Maker Fest this year. They will be showing rockets, videos, and other rocket equipment the club has built (i.e. launch pads and a launching systems...