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As the tech epicenter of Chicago,

1871 is where the city’s most important conversations take place. With nearly 1000 events and 60,000 attendees served throughout the course of the year, 1871 stands as the vibrant town hall where people come to learn, grow, and be inspired.

Our flexible space can accommodate all kinds of tech and business-focused events:

  • Talks, panels and presentations
  • Workshops and training sessions
  • Receptions, parties, and networking
  • Hackathons, expos, and showcases
  • Company off-sites and retreats
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The Space

1871 has multiple event spaces, including our main Auditorium (capacity 300), classrooms (capacity 20-80), and a range of conference rooms (capacity 6-15). Capabilities include high-speed WiFi, projectors, microphones, an adjustable stage, podiums, tables, and chairs. Our facilities team and janitorial staff are on hand to assist with set up and breakdown.

Other Benefits

In addition to dynamic event space, 1871 offers a suite of additional benefits to help make your event a success. We’ll serve as a true partner, helping you provide an exceptional experience for your guests.

Promotional Support

Is your event open to the public? We can help spread the word through our wide-reaching channels:

Photo and Video Services

1871 offers high-quality photography and videography services at discounted rates to event organizers.

Photography: We provide several packages to accommodate all needs, including full and partial event photography and portrait photography.

Videography: From basic event coverage to a fully edited and polished sizzle reel, we’ve got you covered.


Catering Recommendations

We welcome all caterers to 1871. As part of our diversity mission, we can also provide recommendations for local woman- and minority-owned food vendors through the 1871 ChiBuys program.

Together, we can make an impact on our local economy through the power of our wallets. All ChiBuys vendors are experienced in catering events at 1871 and are highly recommended by our team.

Click here to see our list of vendors.

Access to our Innovation Ecosystem

1871 is where Chicago’s brightest entrepreneurs are building better, faster, cleaner solutions to everyday problems. Open your event to our members to reach a new audience, or leverage their creative technologies to make your event truly stand out!

Interested in instant photo delivery for your guests, virtual reality installations, or something else entirely? Let’s explore the opportunities together.

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster a more diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem as we pursue progress and advancement in all its forms. We are especially committed to ensuring that the events at 1871 are completely reflective of our community – both in the audience and on stage.

We are committed to helping you accomplish these goals by recommending and sourcing a diverse selection of speakers and/or using our channels to promote and market your event. It is our hope that our partnership will result in a high-quality event with great participants that we can all be proud of and one that represents our community’s highest aspirations.

When you choose 1871, you become a part of the ongoing and thriving conversation within Chicago’s technology ecosystem.


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Questions? Email [email protected]