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CHICAGO MADE Innovating For Tomorrow


Discover how Chicago is shaping the face of global technology and leading the way in creating faster, smarter, cleaner solutions to everyday problems. From the Internet of Things to bitcoin to artificial intelligence, our city is making the world a better place -- one innovation at a time.

This free 4-part event series is brought to you by 1871 and global lifestyle brand UNIQLO. Each event will feature a different speaker on the social impact innovations that every forward-thinking, design-obsessed Chicagoan should know about!

The event series will also kick off a coat drive from February 8 - March 1, reflecting both organizations' commitment to sustainability and giving back to the community.

Series Details

Thurs. 2/8, 6:00-7:00pm

Futureproofing Your Business by Howard A. Tullman, CEO, 1871

Serial entrepreneur Howard A. Tullman kicks off the Chicago Made Series with an exciting and rapid fire review of the major tech trends that will radically shake up the ways you think about disruptive innovation. From ground breaking new wearables to the latest social trends, Howard's no-nonsense and straightforward talk will leave you slightly breathless and totally inspired to get out there and get busy helping to invent the future. Update your attitude...update your business, and change your life! You get what you work for, not what you wish for.

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Thurs. 2/15, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Breaking Ice: Improving Inclusion at Work with Julie Felix, Mesirow Financial and Tom Alexander, 1871

Julie Felix and Tom Alexander will discuss strategies to infuse your workplace with more diversity and create a more inclusive environment. Participants in this workshop will hear techniques, specific ideas and case studies about different ways to craft a more welcoming environment at your company.

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Thurs. 2/22, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Chicago Made Better: Entrepreneurship for Social Good

Meet a group of Chicago entrepreneurs who are using technology to change our world for the better. Be a part of the conversation as we discuss the ways in which we can improve and empower our communities, and lead purpose-driven lives at home and at work.

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Thurs. 3/1, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Behind Bitcoin: Why Your Cash Is Going Digital by Joe Hernandez, Founder of the Chicago Blockchain Project

The concept of money is vastly misunderstood in society. Following the financial crisis in 2008, bitcoin was created in an attempt to use technology to improve the cash systems of today. In order to understand what the future of money will be, we need to ask a few questions. How is bitcoin money? How does this technology improve on past technology we have used to make money? What is the future of bitcoin? Is the real story bitcoin or blockchain?

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1871 MembershipPlans and Pricing

1871 offers both Startup and Corporate Memberships

Startup Memberships Corporate Memberships

Startup Memberships

Whether you're just starting to build out your product or raising your next round, 1871 supports startups at all stages of development and provides them with the necessary resources, connections, and space to grow their business.


24/7 Access to 1871
Reserved Seating + Powered Desk
Lockable at-desk storage


24/7 Access to 1871
Shared Co-Working Space
Locker Rentals Available ($25/Mo.)


Monday - Friday (5pm-8am)
Saturday & Sunday (all day)
Shared Co-Working Space
Locker Rentals Available ($25/Mo.)

Growth Stage$600+/Mo.

This membership is deal for growing companies with 10 to 100 employees who also have their own office space.

Designers & Developers$300/Mo.

This membership is ideal for independent designers or developers who would like access to shared co-working space.

Corporate Memberships

Corporations interested in driving innovation or solving business challenges can get a taste of 1871's entrepreneurial ecosystem with access for their company or specific teams.


This membership is ideal for corporations who are looking to access the 1871 entrepreneurial ecosystem in a way that helps the organization’s innovation and broader business objectives.


This membership is ideal for individuals who work for a corporation, but would like to plug into the 1871 ecosystem a few times a month in order to advance their corporation’s business goals.

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