This year promises to be a good one for conferences in Chicago related to technology and startups.
If your startup is just getting off the ground, Startup Weekend Chicago is an excellent place to start. Presented by Google for Entrepreneurs, The 54 hour event gives you the opportunity to share your ideas with experts, designers, developers and other entrepreneurs. You will be able to work on your business model, receive advice and improve your skillset.
One of the toughest part about starting your own company is dealing with all of the legal paperwork. Entrepreneurs Unpluggd’s Startup Law Summit brings together some of Chicago’s top startup attorneys to provide advice on everything from incorporating to founder agreements to budgets and crowdfunding.
The summit is held at the IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law. Learn more and purchase tickets at entrepreneursunpluggd.com.
This year TechWeek celebrates it’s fifth anniversary. This year’s speakers haven’t been announced yet, but with alumni like Alexis Ohanian (Reddit), Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed), Al Roker, Jonathan Badeen (Tinder) and Travis Kalanick (Uber), you can bet they’ll be good.
TechWeek is full of great opportunities for startups and tech companies. From their startup competition to various networking events and concerts, TechWeek is the place to be during the week of June 20th if you’re in a tech field or are a Chicago entrepreneur.
Visit the TechWeek Chicago web site at techweek.com/chicago.
With a wide range of speakers in the past, including presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, ABC’s “The Chew” chef Mario Batali and bestselling author Terry McMillan, Chicago Ideas Week is a great event for those looking for inspiration and networking opportunities. The even includes labs, which let you get a behind-the-scenes look at how some of Chicago’s biggest businesses operate.
Learn more about Chicago Ideas Week and purchase tickets at chicagoideas.com.
Assemble’s shared office space in Chicago’s West Loop is having its official grand opening on Thursday, August 20.
Join us from 5-7 pm to get a first look at our beautiful new space at 600 West Jackson Boulevard.
Wine, beer and appetizers will be provided.
Learn more about our West Loop location at www.assemblesharedoffice.com/locations/600-w-jackson-chicago.
We’re pleased to be a part of the neighborhood. For those working at our West Loop coworking space and shared office, staying on top of the latest happenings in the neighborhood can be difficult. It seems as though new businesses are opening up every week. Below are our four of our favorite resources for staying informed about news in the West Loop.
Assemble members working at our West Loop location are encouraged to join the West Loop Community Organization. You’ll be able to stay informed about neighborhood happenings, network with other neighborhood businesses and promote your company through their promotional outlets. Small business memberships are a reasonable $175/year.
The Chicago West Loop Twitter profile is updated daily with neighborhood news. Follow it to find out about restaurant openings, new businesses and neighborhood events.
This organization is responsible for the West Loop Craft Beer Festival. They hold other events as well, like Movies in the Park and outdoor concerts. Like them on Facebook for ongoing neighborhood news or Visit their web site to learn more about what they do.
DNAInfo recently started publishing a West Loop version. It’s available in print and online here. Like their other neighborhood publications, it’s a great source for local business news.
Assemble is featured in a recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business. The article discusses the demand for shared offices and coworking spaces in Chicago.
We’re thrilled to be opening our West Loop shared office space in a building designed by Daniel Burnham. The 600 W Jackson building was designed for the Otis Elevator Company and opened in 1912. It is considered one of Chicago’s first skyscrapers.
Above is Elisha Otis’ patent drawing for the elevators at 600 West Jackson, Chicago.
As we get closer to opening Assemble’s newest shared office location in Chicago’s West Loop, we thought we’d share some of our favorite places in the neighborhood for inspiration. We’ve already talked about how great the West Loop is to work in and some of our favorite lunch spots in the neighborhood. Sometimes you just need a break from a hard day of work to clear your head and get some fresh inspiration. Below are our favorite spots in the West Loop to do so.
Primitive is a unique combination of art gallery and retail store. Their many unique items from around the world make it the perfect place to stop in during the afternoon when you need a quick break from work. Their Five Elements Library is a great resource for books on history and culture, collections and design styles from around the world. Primitive is located at 130 N Jefferson, Chicago, just a few blocks from Assemble’s new West Loop shared office. The store and library are both open Monday-Friday from 10 am – 6 pm. Visit their web site at www.beprimitive.com.
The Chicago Water Taxi’s transfers all happen just a few blocks from Assemble’s West Loop shared office space. A great way to relax and be inspired by Chicago’s architecture is to take a ride on the water taxi to Clark/Lasalle or the Magnificent Mile and back to the Ogilvie/Union station. The short trip will give you a fantastic view of the city and allow you to decompress during a busy day. Check out schedules and route maps at www.chicagowatertaxi.com.
The Bottom Lounge is a music venue located at 1375 W Lake Street in the West Loop/Fulton Market neighborhood. Just a 20 minute walk from Assemble’s West Loop shared office, it’s a great option for those who want to catch some live music after work. They also have a large menu with great bar food and a large rooftop deck. Learn more and view their concert schedule at www.bottomlounge.com.
Ready to work in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood? Schedule a tour of our 800 W Jackson shared office today.
Assemble is mentioned in a recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business that details the plans for the building that houses our new West Loop shared office location at 600 W Jackson Boulevard. Recently purchased by Fifield, the building will be renamed Burnham 600 to commemorate it’s famed architect.
Lobby and amenity upgrades, as well as new building amenities are planned.
Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood has become home to many startups and established businesses over the past few years. The Wall Street Journal, Crain’s Chicago Business and WBEZ have written articles recently about the West Loop’s growth.
Assemble’s newest location in the West Loop will provide startups and established businesses with a fantastic opportunity to work near some of the most successful companies in Chicago. Below are just a handful of the companies who currently have offices in the West Loop.
Uber recently leased a 58,000 sq. ft. office space in the West Loop. Much larger than their former 12,000 sq. ft. space, the move signifies the growth Uber has enjoyed in the Chicago market.
Having WiFi access on flights is great, isn’t it? We can thank GoGo for it. The tech company recently moved their headquarters to the West Loop.
Google newest Chicago office will be located at 1000 W Fulton Market. 500+ employees will move from their River North office to the new space, which is currently under construction.
Twitter recently moved its Chicago headquarters to the West Loop to accommodate their expansion in the Chicago market. Their new space is located at 111 N Canal Street, just a 10 minute walk from Assemble’s West Loop shared office.
For startups and small businesses looking to establish themselves in one of the fastest growing business centers in Chicago, Assemble’s West Loop location at 600 West Jackson Boulevard is the ideal solution to your office space needs. Schedule a tour today.
Photo Credit: Seth Anderson via Flickr
As we mentioned in our last blog post, the West Loop is home to some of the best restaurants in Chicago. Whether you have a lunch meeting with a new client or are treating yourself, fantastic lunch options are within walking distance of our West Loop shared office.
Here are some of our favorites:
The sister restaurant of Girl & The Goat, Little Goat is the more casual option. The menu features their versions of some lunch standards like the Reuben, bbq pork sandwich, tuna melt, club and a variety of burgers. No matter what you try, you won’t be disappointed.
Little Goat is just a half mile away from Assemble’s West Loop location. Visit their web site at littlegoatchicago.com
M2 Cafe is a great spot for a quick, casual lunch. Their sandwich list is impressive and includes a variety of vegetarian options. M2 is locally-owned and independent too, serving baked goods and other items from Chicago brands.
M2 Cafe is located just 3.5 blocks from Assemble. Visit their web site at morganstreetcafe.com.
If you want to give a client a great Chicago experience, Bombacigno’s J & C Inn is the spot. A no-frills Italian cafe, their food is exceptional. Whether you go for the Italian beef, a sub or the lemon chicken sandwich, you won’t be disappointed. They’re quick, friendly and inexpensive. Even if you aren’t with a client, you’ll likely make Bombacigno’s J & C Inn a regular lunch spot.
Bombacigno’s J & C Inn doesn’t have a web site, but they’re located just a block from Assemble’s West Loop shared office at 558 W Van Buren.
A Spanish restaurant, Paola’s Vinum has a great lunch menu that features tapas, sandwiches and some great salads. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, making it a great spot for meetings or lunch with colleagues. Paola’s Vinum is a wine bar too, so it’s a great spot to stop into at the end of a long day.
Paola’s Vinum is located just a half block away from our West Loop shared office.
Ready to work in the West Loop? Schedule a tour of our new shared office at 600 W Jackson Boulevard today.
Assemble’s newest shared office location in Chicago’s West Loop is set to open in April. We’re excited to join the neighborhood. It is a prime location for businesses and home to some of our favorite food and nightlife spots.
If your small business is new to Chicago or you are looking to move your company to a different location, here are 5 reasons why we think working in the West Loop is a good idea.
Getting to our West Loop shared office couldn’t be easier. For those living in downtown Chicago, the CTA blue line is just a block and a half away. For those commuting from suburban areas, the Ogilvie train station is just three blocks away. Union Station is just a block away, which provides access to other suburban areas.
Whether you are driving to work or your clients are coming to your West Loop shared office for a meeting, street parking is easier than most downtown neighborhoods.
If you’re a Divvy bike rider, there is a station a block away as well.
Working at Assemble’s West Loop shared office not only gives you access to our thriving community of members, you are also close to the many other businesses located in the neighborhood.
Companies like Google, Twitter, GoGo, and Uber all have offices in the West Loop. It’s a thriving area for businesses.
The West Loop is home to some of Chicago’s most impressive luxury high rise apartment and condo buildings. K Station, K2, Alta, Hubbard Place, Left Bank and 180 N Jefferson and all within walking distance of Assemble’s West Loop shared office. For those living in these or other nearby buildings, working at Assemble couldn’t be more convenient.
Girl & The Goat, Porkchop, the Publican, Tanoshii, Next and many other great restaurants are within walking distance of Assemble’s West Loop shared office. Rick Bayless is planning on opening a new restaurant in the neighborhood as well.
Whether your treating yourself to a really good lunch or you need to impress a client, you’ll have plenty of options nearby.
Don’t forget, working at Assemble’s West Loop location gives you free access to our Gold Coast location. If you have a client that’s located in the Gold Coast or you just need a change of scenery, work at our other location for an afternoon.
Ready to work in the West Loop? Schedule a tour of our new West Loop shared office.