One-third of your life is spent at work, so where you work and who you work with is important. The 9-5 culture is losing popularity as more and more individuals are opting to use coworking spaces, which are shared office spaces used by groups and individuals. Statista predicted that by 2027, 50.9% of the total U.S workforce will be freelancing. Coworking allows people to find flexible, affordable office spaces that they can grow into. Individuals have reported that coworking has expanded their professional networks and made them more motivated, engaged, happy, and successful.
If you are a telecommuter, entrepreneur, freelancer, small business, a budding startup, or a remote worker looking for a shared office, here are the top five coworking spaces in Illinois.
25 Coworking Arlington Heights is more than just a workspace with bottomless coffee. They designed their two locations in Illinois to spark collaboration and productivity. 25 Coworking measures success with these three questions: “Did you interact with someone that you’d like to continue a conversation with? Were you comfortable and productive? Did you leave more motivated than when you arrived?” They have over ten membership options, including unlimited use of shared desks for $199 per month and a dedicated desk for $365 per month.
MakeOffices has three locations in Chicago. They deliver everything you need to grow your business. One member wrote, “Joining MakeOffices has been transformational for my business. I was able to meet my first customers, form partnerships with other member companies, and build meaningful business relationships and friendships, all while not leaving the building. I’d recommend MakeOffices to any serious entrepreneur out there looking to jump start their business.” You can get a hot desk for $375 per month, a virtual office for $75 per month, or a day pass for $35. Private offices range from $700-$900 per month for individuals to $6,500 per month for ten people.
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This member-only workspace is perfect for creative professionals, graduate students, and entrepreneurs. Creative Coworking has electronic key fobs, which gives members 24/7 access to their space, making it ideal for those who cannot work a traditional 9-5 day. They have two locations in Evanston and Chicago. Membership pricing varies depending on the coworking space.
This locally-owned coworking space is the perfect place for individuals and groups to come together and work in a productive setting. Their community includes proud and engaged local entrepreneurs, independent workers, and small business owners who value collaboration, diversity, and authentic connections. 818 Co provides each member with sit/stand desks, ergonomic chairs, and lightning-fast internet. You can get a virtual office for $35-$100 per month, an unlimited daily pass for $200 per month, a dedicated desk for $400 per month, or a private office for $850 per month. If these options do not sound like what you are looking for, 818 Coworking will work with you to find a solution that does.
Nestled in the city’s historic West Loop, commuting to WeWork Illinois is made easy with the city’s new L stop. WeWork Illinois occupies seven floors of a renovated industrial building. They have event spaces, meeting rooms, recreational games, bike storage, and a wellness room that can be used by nursing mothers, those who need to pray, and individuals looking to meditate. As if that was not enough, they are also dog-friendly!