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Are you launching a start-up or coding an app that will be the next Instagram? Even if you just need some peace and quiet from your roommate and the neighbors upstairs, a co-working space can give you the focus and serenity you need to put your ideas into action. Co-working spaces have changed the way we work and create - come see how.
Co-Working vs Traditional Office Spaces
The word “revolutionary” gets overused these days, but it’s truly the best way to describe co-working spaces—which have changed the way millions of people around the world go about their work. WeWork, the largest operator of co-working spaces, started out in Manhattan 8 years ago and has since opened more than 170 locations across 10 million square feet of office space in 18 countries. Rivals to WeWork have been popping up everywhere too, meaning that co-working spaces can now be found in most major cities around the world.
3 Reasons Every Freelancer Should Work From a Co-working Space
Most freelancers work from home for convenience or financial reasons. Working for yourself offers unmatched freedom and flexibility, but it also means that the success of the business relies on you and the opportunities you make for yourself.
6 Must-Have Amenities You Need at Your Co-working Space
Co-working spaces are spreading like wildfire in almost every metropolitan city around the world. It's a tribute to the increase in the gig economy, which according to Intuit, is currently 34% of the workforce and predicted to be 43% by the year 2020.
How WeWork Events Can Boost Your Career Beyond the Expected
Flexible, fun, and vibrant co-working hubs where people can rent a desk, an office or a suite of office space are highly popular in cities across the world. Competition between co-working spaces is high and it’s a great opportunity for anyone looking for a place to work outside a traditional office space.
Advantages of Using a Co-working Space
Despite the advantages of being your own boss and however idyllic it might sound to work from home in your pajamas, starting your own business can be isolating and full of endless distractions. This is why an increasing number of entrepreneurs are now embracing the co-working space, where self-employed individuals come together and share a range of facilities. Co-working spaces have become extremely popular, with new spaces popping up worldwide.
6 Companies That Started In Co-working Spaces
When you think of some of the top companies today, you probably think of hundreds of employees, chic offices, and incredible swag. But did you know that some of the best known companies in the world started out in co-working spaces?
Cubicle Wars: WeWork & Other Co-Working Spaces Battle It Out
Co-working spaces are the outgrowth of a society constantly striving to improve output and maximize comfort at the same time. A shared work environment where freelancers, independent workers, and other remote employees can come and get their work done, co-working spaces are currently home to more than 1.1 million workers. Built around a community setting, co-working spaces take the formality out of office environments, while still providing the social and technical aspects most people need to work efficiently. What’s amazing and perhaps surprising, is that research has proven these spaces to be more effective than other work environments.
The 5 Best NYC Neighborhoods for Your Co-working Space
Outgrown the endless drip of free WiFi from your local coffee shop? Tired of the MTA ruining your midtown commute? Cringe at the thought of working in a bland office space? Co-working spaces offer companies of any size a vibrant and dynamic workplace with officemates who may just be the next Uber or Instagram.
6 Best Co-working Spaces in Boston
Co-working spaces have completely shifted the way people work. Before they became popular, business owners had to scout for office spaces, pay expensive rental prices, and maintain the property. With co-working spaces, businesses both big and small are able to affordably rent office space that’s maintained for them—think regularly cleaned facilities, stocked coffee corners, and WiFi that’s easy to connect to.
Co-Working vs Traditional Office Spaces
The word “revolutionary” gets overused these days, but it’s truly the best way to describe co-working spaces—which have changed the way millions of people around the world go about their work. WeWork, the largest operator of co-working spaces, started out in Manhattan 8 years ago and has since opened more than 170 locations across 10 million square feet of office space in 18 countries. Rivals to WeWork have been popping up everywhere too, meaning that co-working spaces can now be found in most major cities around the world.
3 Reasons Every Freelancer Should Work From a Co-working Space
Most freelancers work from home for convenience or financial reasons. Working for yourself offers unmatched freedom and flexibility, but it also means that the success of the business relies on you and the opportunities you make for yourself.
6 Must-Have Amenities You Need at Your Co-working Space
Co-working spaces are spreading like wildfire in almost every metropolitan city around the world. It's a tribute to the increase in the gig economy, which according to Intuit, is currently 34% of the workforce and predicted to be 43% by the year 2020.
How WeWork Events Can Boost Your Career Beyond the Expected
Flexible, fun, and vibrant co-working hubs where people can rent a desk, an office or a suite of office space are highly popular in cities across the world. Competition between co-working spaces is high and it’s a great opportunity for anyone looking for a place to work outside a traditional office space.
Advantages of Using a Co-working Space
Despite the advantages of being your own boss and however idyllic it might sound to work from home in your pajamas, starting your own business can be isolating and full of endless distractions. This is why an increasing number of entrepreneurs are now embracing the co-working space, where self-employed individuals come together and share a range of facilities. Co-working spaces have become extremely popular, with new spaces popping up worldwide.
6 Companies That Started In Co-working Spaces
When you think of some of the top companies today, you probably think of hundreds of employees, chic offices, and incredible swag. But did you know that some of the best known companies in the world started out in co-working spaces?
Cubicle Wars: WeWork & Other Co-Working Spaces Battle It Out
Co-working spaces are the outgrowth of a society constantly striving to improve output and maximize comfort at the same time. A shared work environment where freelancers, independent workers, and other remote employees can come and get their work done, co-working spaces are currently home to more than 1.1 million workers. Built around a community setting, co-working spaces take the formality out of office environments, while still providing the social and technical aspects most people need to work efficiently. What’s amazing and perhaps surprising, is that research has proven these spaces to be more effective than other work environments.
The 5 Best NYC Neighborhoods for Your Co-working Space
Outgrown the endless drip of free WiFi from your local coffee shop? Tired of the MTA ruining your midtown commute? Cringe at the thought of working in a bland office space? Co-working spaces offer companies of any size a vibrant and dynamic workplace with officemates who may just be the next Uber or Instagram.
6 Best Co-working Spaces in Boston
Co-working spaces have completely shifted the way people work. Before they became popular, business owners had to scout for office spaces, pay expensive rental prices, and maintain the property. With co-working spaces, businesses both big and small are able to affordably rent office space that’s maintained for them—think regularly cleaned facilities, stocked coffee corners, and WiFi that’s easy to connect to.
The word on the street
Co-working spaces are popping up every day in cities across the world. Let these users tell you why it works for them.
Chicago Co-Working
The Windy City has for generations been a place where people chase dreams, pound pavement, and build skyscrapers that block out the sky. If you’re looking to find your own little corner of Chi-Town that you can call your own and get some work done, consider trying one of the many co-working spaces the city has to offer.
What Are My options?
WeWork is one of the biggest co-working companies today, and offers 8 co-working locations in Chicago. All 8 Chicago WeWork locations are clustered within the city center and the west loop, are easily reached by way of the L, and usually have some parking close by as well.
With Industrious you can set up shop at 3 different coworking spaces in Chicago, including 2 in downtown and 1 up in Evanston.
Spaces is another new up and comer that’s popping up in cities across the world, and currently operates 2 co-working locations in Chicago. The locations in Fulton Market and Lincoln Park are perfectly situated in the heart of the business district.
What Are the Prices Like?
Prices are not standard for co-working spaces in Chicago, and there tends to be some variation based on location, though not always.
With WeWork in Chicago, the prices are pretty standard for a shared office space or dedicated space, even if you’re a little further out of the city center. The prices range from $350 per month for a shared desk at the State Street location, to $430 for a shared desk at the Fulton Market location. A dedicated desk at the River North location cost $450 per month, while at the location on Kinzie street, it’ll cost you $520 per month. For private offices, the prices range from $700-$750 per person, per month.
With Industrious you have a slight fluctuation in prices depending on which branch you choose to work at and what you need. If you decide to work in Evanston, a desk in a shared space will cost you at least $405, and an office starts at $662 for one person, up to $2,592 per month for 5 people. At the Fulton market location, a desk rental starts at $383 and offices start at $842 per month for 1 person, while at the River North co-working location, the prices are $392 and $878 respectively.
The bottom line is that there can be a fairly wide range of prices for co-working space in Chicago but this shouldn't be your only consideration. Also make sure that the place you want to use is convenient to get to, and that the amenities you’re looking for are included.
What Does My Co-Working Space Provide?
One of the top draws about co-working spaces is that they’re just so….welcoming. They make you want to pop open your laptop, pour a cup of coffee and get your creative juices flowing. It’s partly the interior design, drinks and amenities, but also being surrounded by like-minded people who are looking to get some work done. This also means that you should easily be able to schedule meetings at the co-working space or nearby, and that if you want to take a midday break or knock off early for happy hour, there’s no shortage of places to grab a bite or a cold one.
Co-working spaces across the world are designed with this sort of aesthetic in mind, and they’re often located in the hottest part of the city, so you can be in the middle of it all, which can be a big motivator and help get in a more ambitious mindset.
When it comes to the features checklist, you can usually count on any co-working place in Chicago having most of the following amenities:
  • Unique, captivating artwork
  • Super-fast internet
  • Spacious, unique common areas
  • Ergonomic chairs
  • Key Card access 24/7
  • Security
  • Discounts for local businesses
  • Business-class printers
  • Free drinks (including fruit water and fresh, micro-roasted coffee)
  • Private phone booths so you can take that call in peace
  • Onsite staff to help you out
  • Professional and social events—network and chill™
So...Where Are We Co-working?
Chicago may be a massive city, but there’s no reason you can’t reserve a little spot that can be your office and a home away from home. Co-working spots abound in the Windy City, and it’s never been easier to find your own place to focus and flourish.
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