Chicago Detours has a new office in a coworking space, geared specifically for creatives, entrepreneurs, and start-ups. What’s coworking you may ask? Basically, with so many people these days working freelance and remote, people want simply a desk to rent. The live/work spaces of the ’90s ended up a bit off-track because working from home isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Having a desk away from home is infinitely more efficient, and it’s great to work around other people.
Our coworking office, called Guild Coworking, is right in the Loop, one block from Michigan Ave. (I keep saying I’ll take an hour every week to pop into the Art Institute, which we are one block away from, but it never seems to happen.) We are right by every elevated line, from the red line to the blue line. The office gets great ventilation with high ceilings and amazing sunlight.
We have four desks for rent, and GUILD is strategically bringing together top talent to create a coworking community of people from a variety of industries. We hope that members will bounce ideas around, learn from one another, and collaborate in building our businesses. Currently we are a cultural organization and a small business lawyer.
We are well aware that office space like this is lacking in Chicago, as can be seen by the buzz around new digital-only coworking space 1871 Chicago. We also know that the cheapest Loop coworking rental starts at $450 per month with no windows (!!!). Because we want to bring together independent people who are in business because of passion, not for money and fame, we are keeping the cost at an extremely welcoming rate. $290/month includes everything: internet, utilities, a desk with locking storage, a chair, shared refrigerator, unlimited tea, and use of what we call the “conference room.” Six-month lease, month-to-month after.
You can see from the pictures that it’s sunny and spacious. You will not be working in a glorified closet. Great things are nearby: the Art Institute, Kramer’s Health Foods, Hannah’s Bretzel, and just about anything delicious you could want.
To apply, send your contact info with answers to the following questions to guild[email protected] by March 27th for consideration to secure one of these four desks and join the Guild coworking community.
1. What is the name of your business or what kind of contract work do you do?
2. Why would you like to be a part of a coworking community like Guild?