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Welcome to 1871

Our ecosystem is designed to support, equip, and inspire founders like you to build great businesses. Within our four walls are all the resources, connections, and knowledge you need to grow at scale.

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Book a tour or apply today to see how your business can develop an unfair advantage.

1871 Membership Options


  • Access all day Sat-Sun and 5pm-8am Mon-Fri
  • A variety of shared space workspace options
  • Two available workshops or office hours during the work week

Ideal for entrepreneurs building their startup on the side.


  • Open, collaborative environment
  • Variety of seating options, technology, and tools
  • 24/7 access
  • Located in Merchandise Mart, the heart of Chicago’s technology scene

Ideal for early-stage entrepreneurs.


  • Shared Membership Amenities+
  • Your own dedicated workstation
  • Lockable under-desk storage
  • Additional reserved area conference rooms

Ideal for growing companies with 2-8 staff members.


  • Shared Membership Amenities+
  • Flexibility to share access among your colleagues


  • Shared Membership Amenities at discounted D&D rate
  • Connections to Chicago’s startup ecosystem

All 1871 memberships include:


1-on-1 personal mentorship with Chicago’s top industry experts, investors, and successful entrepreneurs.


An energized and connected community of founders and startups


Recruiting services to help you find the best candidates and easily grow your team.


Entrepreneur and startup focused workshops and programs covering strategy, funding, legal, sales, and more.

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