9 Chicago Co-Working Spaces We Love

by Tom Hermes November 16, 2017

9 Chicago Co-Working Spaces We Love

Ever since TechNexus opened up in the Civic Opera House way back in 2007, the startup community in Chicago has grown quite robust. Fortunately for numerous small companies, dozens of others have followed suit and launched co-working spaces of their own. Here are just a few of the coolest the Windy City has to offer:

  1. TechNexus – as mentioned, the OG. This 50,000-square-foot space has been boosting startups for years.
  2. 1871 – perhaps the biggest name, 1871 was ranked the top university-affiliated incubator in the country by UBI Global in 2015, and was also the first in the world to offer healthcare benefits.
  3. WeWork – with more than 70 locations in over 20 cities internationally, this institution has three locations in Chicago, and offers a choice between private offices, dedicated desks, and hot desks.
  4. MakeOffices – its new, 45,000-square foot space in River North (in addition to its Loop location) comes replete with free coffee, beer, and networking for all residents.
  5. BLUE1647 – with three locations, this South Side-focused space focuses on education, workforce development, and business acceleration.
  6. Industrious – this national chain makes it feel less so, with locally-catered coffee, pastries, and beer served fresh every day.
  7. Level – it’s always beer o’clock at each of its four Chicago locations, which all come complete with a kegerator.
  8. Catapult – to join, companies go through an intense vetting process. Perhaps that’s why it’s seen such standouts as Shiftgig, Bucketfeet, Packback, Rent Like A Champion, and many others pass through its walls.
  9. Brooklyn Boulders – no other office puts as much emphasis on tenant health as this one, which includes rock-climbing walls, fitness classes, standing desks, and exercise-ball chairs.

Did we miss any? If so, let us know at hi@buoynow.com!






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