1871 Shared Membership


Organization Description

The story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 isn’t really about the fire. It’s about what happened next: A remarkable moment when the most brilliant engineers, architects and inventors came together to build a new city.


Their innovations – born of passion and practical ingenuity – shaped not just Chicago, but the modern world.


What started 140 years ago continues to this day.


Chicago’s brightest digital designers, engineers and entrepreneurs are shaping new technologies, disrupting old business models, and resetting the boundaries of what’s possible.


If that sounds like you, join us.


Come to a place where you can share ideas, make mistakes, work hard, build your business and, with a little luck, change the world.

Position Details

Three types of co-working memberships offer choices for entrepreneurs in different stages of building their businesses. Reserved co-working members have their own desks and storage; shared co-working members have round-the-clock access to the space; and night/weekend members have access in the evenings and on weekends. 

  • 1871
  • August 2, 2012
  • 21-10-70
  • Chicago, IL (60654)
  • Science & Technology
  • Professional Services
  • Full-time


After you have completed the initial application below, the next step will be to answer a few information gathering questions.


Click 'Next' and you will be prompted to answer the following questions:

  • Company Name
  • If you have a web site or demo/prototype, what is the URL?
  • How many co-working memberships are you applying for?
  • Who are these memberships for? Please provide their names and roles within your company.
  • How long have you been working on the company?
  • Are you working on this business full time?
  • Please describe your business in 5 sentences or less.
  • Who else is part of your team and what are their roles?
  • Have you applied for space at 1871 before? 
  • If so, how has your business changed since you last applied?


You will then be asked to submit a short video answering the following questions:

  • Tell us about your journey as entrepreneur and why you are passionate about the business you are currently building?
  • Tell us about technologies used to build your business.


Once you submit your full appilcation, you can expect to hear back from us within 7 business days. 

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