CHICAGO, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MakeOffices, a leading innovation platform that reinvents the workplace for new economy companies, announced today its newest "collaborative collisions" coworking community at 541 N Fairbanks in downtown Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. Opening on June 1, MakeOffices' third Chicago location is ideally situated near the many advertising agencies, professional associations and healthcare institutions that saturate the area between North Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan north of the Chicago River. Continuing its strategy of providing runway for rapidly growing companies to expand, the 19,800-square-foot location will be the largest coworking space in the neighborhood.
"Streeterville is a high-energy nexus of business, healthcare and cultural activity," notes MakeOffices CEO, Raymond Rahbar. "Our community of healthcare technology startups, creative agencies and freelancers will thrive as they infuse innovation into the Michigan Avenue advertising agency corridor, and contribute to the healthcare ecosystem anchored by Northwestern Medicine."
MakeOffices' Streeterville coworking community features 109 offices and 263 desks, 6 call rooms, 4 conference rooms, a relaxation room, wellness room, and a social space that holds 20 seated or 40 standing. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and several other healthcare provider buildings are nearby; 541 Fairbanks, formerly known as the Time Life Building, is owned by Northwestern Medicine and is considered a part of its medical campus.
Regular networking events and a setting that encourages community-building is essential to the collaborative collisions philosophy that comes alive within MakeOffices. The space itself is stylishly designed to promote productive collaboration, creating an optimal coworking environment that allows people to get work done privately and to network with like-minded professionals in meeting and event spaces. Located in the heart of Streeterville, the coworking community is centrally located to Chicago's Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue dining and shopping options, the Chicago Lakefront Trail, and everything else downtown Chicago has to offer.
The Avison Young brokerage team of Nate Krill (national), John Ziesmer and Kevin Moore (Chicago) is representing MakeOffices in its Chicago lease transactions.
MakeOffices members are part of a community of innovators that take advantage of a shared environment. Member companies enjoy the ability to meet other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovation-minded professionals through both formal networking events and shared onsite amenities. The communities offer flexibility with month-to-month leases and space options that grow with members' teams, without the burden and capital commitment of a long-term lease. By providing office infrastructure and all-inclusive amenities, including fast WiFi and 24/7 access, for a low monthly rate, members can save money and spend time growing their businesses. Onsite refreshments for members include coffee, tea, fresh fruit, beer, and filtered water.
By offering professional experiences in which entrepreneurs can grow their companies rapidly without fear of running out of desks, the firm is filling a void in the market dedicated to more serious companies. The MakeOffices model appeals to organizations seeking an alternative to boring office experiences and traditional office leases, as well as the individuals and smaller organizations that are a critical backbone of every local entrepreneurial ecosystem.
MakeOffices provides a platform for innovation through productive, collaborative workspaces and networking communities. We understand what it is like to be a startup with a tight budget, or a passionate entrepreneur leading a small business with no interest in committing to a multi-year lease in a traditional corporate environment. Home to amazing small businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovation-focused teams from Fortune 500s, our communities are designed for companies looking for simple workplace solutions to get serious work done. MakeOffices operates eight locations across Chicago, Philadelphia, and the Washington, DC metro area as of April 2016 with nine more under construction. For additional information, visit www.makeoffices.com.
Shana Glenzer, MakeOffices
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