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Here are seven more of the most interesting maker classes the city has to offer

Build a terrarium! Sew a baby bib! Design your own perfume!


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Robot Date Night

Robot City Workshop allows couples to choose from more than 12 different DIY kits while snacking on complimentary beer and popcorn served by a robot waiter.

By appointment: Thu-Sat 7-9 PM, Robot City Workshop, 3226 N. Sheffield, 773-281-1008,, $25 per person.


Instructors at Bev Art will take you through the hands-on, step-by-step process of making your first varietal wine, from chardonnay to estate-grown cabernet (in order to make a wine you like, be sure to order your ingredients in advance).

Through 11/28: times vary, see website, Bev Art, 9030 S. Hermitage, 773-233-7579,, $125 per couple plus ingredients.

Be Your Own Perfumer

Create your own signature scent in this two-hour course at one of Chicago's only perfumeries. A brief overview of perfuming technique and vocabulary is followed by samplings of fragrance families such as citrus, floral, fruity, and spicy. Wed 8/8, 10/10, and 12/12, 6-8 PM, Chicago Discovery Center, 4318 N. Elston, 773-348-8120,, $39 plus material fees.

Simple Stitches

Learn how to weave beads in between strips of leather using the ladder stitch to make leather and silk wrap bracelets.

Thu 8/9, 6-8 PM, Beadniks Chicago, 1937 W. Division, 773-276-2323,, $20.

GIF animation workshop

Lillstreet Art Center instructor Aaron Brandt will teach you how to use Photoshop to create your own animated GIFs out of photographs, Web images, or your own illustrations.

Sun 8/12, 2-6 PM, Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood, 773-769-4226,, $95, $90 members.

Baby Bib Sewing Workshop

Artist Rachel Wallis will teach students how to sew a cloth baby bib and customize it with embroidery and applique designs. No prior sewing experience necessary.

Tue 8/28, 1:30-3:30 PM, Maker Lab, third floor, Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State, 312-747-4300, Register in person at the Maker Lab.  F

Build Your Own Terrarium

In this two-hour class, the folks at handmade arts and crafts store One Strange Bird will teach you the basics of how a terrarium works and how to maintain one, then guide you through designing one of your own. Oh yeah, and it's BYOB.

Fri 8/31, 6:30-8:30 PM, One Strange Bird, 2124 W. Division, 773-276-4420,, $45.   v

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