• Powered by community we exist to enable your digital & entrepreneurial pursuits.

     

    BLUE1647(TM) is an entrepreneurship and technology innovation center that fosters economic development in technology and 21st Century skills through people development (classes, workshops, and events around technology), workforce development (through youth and adult technology programs to prepare individuals for high-demand jobs) and Business Acceleration (through shared coworking-services). As a beacon of resource, BLUE1647 provides impactful individuals and organizations the resources to realize their ideas for a better world. Listed in the first City of Chicago Technology Plan, the BLUE1647 community is a vibrant example of the ways in which creative professionals, entrepreneurs, change-makers, and nonprofits can come together to make meaningful, lasting impact.

  • We are a space where ideas meet execution.

    We foster a creative and collaborative environment, so that you can produce your best work through education, business acceleration and events.

    Professional Development

    We provide, and host over 100 classes and workshops each year, with a curriculum that is accessible to startups, youth, veterans, and individuals at any stage of the entrepreneurial journey. Our hands-on tech classes cover cutting-edge technologies, help you learn new skills and make your software boundaries vanish. Each teacher has industry experience, and a unique perspective to be able to provide first-hand insights into the topic and its potential impact on various industries. Each session, from mobile and web development, to hardware and 3D-Printing is interactive and collaborative. 

    Business

    Acceleration

    In addition to providing early-stage startups and freelancers with coworking space, tools to build their venture, and support for their business - as a member, we provide an exclusive E.L.I.T.E. (Entrepreneur, Leadership, Intelligence, Technology, and Empowerment) monthly series with experts who share their insider perspective on cutting-edge knowledge, tools or methods. Each month we bring in an industry thought leader to break down emerging technologies and trends in a hands on workshop or 1-on-1 office hour meetings.

    Engaging

    Events

    Whether it's a Hack-a-thon, lecture, class, seminar, or meetup - We regularly host a wide variety of events here at BLUE1647. This includes speaker series with Data Scientists, experienced entrepreneurs, hack-a-thons, and company summits, to name a few. Click here to view our equipment and a glimpse of previous events we've hosted. Inquire about hosting an event in our open space or, for smaller events, renting our classrooms and conference rooms here.

    • Technical support (full AV & sound system)
    • Capacity up to 300 people (100 seated)
  • Our Community

    We are a diverse tech innovation center and coworking space, with programs that evolve with each member’s needs. Membership includes access to classes, events, amenities, and our dynamic community.

    Blue Membership

     

    Every entrepreneur, impact professional, and changemaker in Chicago will want to have a BLUE Membership because it brings access to exclusive programming, and support for a diverse cross section of innovators to meet, work, and collaborate.

     

     

    $25/month (Limited time offer)

     

     

     

    Use community desks & WiFi/Coffee


     Discounts on all programming
    Invited to monthly events

    2-hours of complimentary rental of conference rooms monthly

     

    Connection to Virtual Platform connecting you to opportunities & resources

    Membership Plus

    Ideal for Members or Organization's wanting to hold classes, meetups, or have a monthly event. There are shared conference rooms available for all to use, tech-enabled classrooms, as well as other common areas where you and your team can relax or work.

     

    $250/month 

     

     

    All benefits of Blue Membership plus access after hours

    Monthly office-hours with esteemed professionals from industry 
    3 complimentary rental of conference rooms or classroom, and one 6,500 square ft. common area for training with equipment monthly
    Receive postal mail  

    Private Offices

    Office memberships include a private office for each person. Best suited for businesses with up to four employees. The organizations at BLUE1647 get maximum exposure to job candidates, mentors and press support.

     

     

    $450/month

     

     

    Private office 
    Unlimited 24/7 access
    Invited to exclusive happy hours + events
    Unlimited conference & classroom time per month (when classes are not scheduled) and complimentary tech rental equipment

    Receive postal mail

  • Join Our Community Of Creators

     

    Everything is month-to-month with no long-term commitments.

     

  • Locations

    Impacting communities through diversity, technology and entrepreneurship. 

    BLUE1647 Headquarters. 1647 S. Blue Island Ave. (Chicago IL.)

    Compton Unified School District. (Compton, California)

    1401 Lasalle Lane., (St. Louis, Missouri).

    Roseland KROC Center (1250 W. 119th St, Chicago, IL.)

    S. Fourth Avenue (Indiana)

    The Lab (Haiti)

    Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Co-Learn

    A creativity-fostering space to empower today’s entrepreneurs. Participate in curated programming alongside business acceleration services, workshops, and work with member-run companies.

    Build tangible skills in web, mobile, and game development through workshops and classes.

    Code Chicago is a series of hands-on, mobile development, web programming and design trainings where every participant will work with one another and join in the spirit of collaboration and learning. Whether you’re a beginner or advancing student, we help build up communities in and around the Chicago area, enlarging the market of people that can affect change and solve problems with technology. Weekend & evening events specialize in industry-relevant training, designed with an emphasis on developing your own web and mobile application.

    Learn more here or signup for emailed event notifications.

    21CYP teaches youth advanced technology as a path to opportunity.

    Founded in 2011, the 21st Century Youth Project (21CYP) teaches advanced technology as a path to opportunity. The program focuses on improving skills Today (through teaching and tutoring), Tomorrow (through coaching and mentoring), and the Future (through internship placement), with an entrepreneurial focus. Key deliverables for student participants are creation of web and mobile apps for (Google Android, iPhone, iPad etc.), accompanying business plans, accrual of college credits and case studies on their resumes and portfolios because of hands-on tangible skills gained through internship placements. Parents and guardians can apply for monthly trainings & events for youth.

     

    Learn more here or Register for updates here.

    Direct access to leading experts 

    E.L.I.T.E. (Entrepreneur, Leadership, Intelligence, Technology, and Empowerment) is a monthly series for BLUE1647 members, with experts who share their insider perspective on cutting-edge knowledge, tools or methods. Each month we bring in an industry thought leader to break down emerging technologies and trends in a hands-on workshop or 1-on-1 office hour meetings.

    Women in Technology & Entrepreneurship.

    The 1919 Women in Technology Initiative. The name of the women’s cohort pays homage to the 19th amendment and voting rights act for women. This initiative focuses on bringing together Chicago women in technology through education and collaborations. 1919 is in partnership with Accenture, one of the world’s leading organizations providing management consulting, technology and outsourcing services. Learn more here.

    Forging innovative civic data & technology efforts

    The mission of CivicBLUE1647 is to use civic data to teach people about data.  We also foster a conversation between technologists and the community in order to spark innovation at the neighborhood level, finding ways to make technology-centric civic engagement more sustainable. BLUE1647 is here to teach and learn, contribute and receive, and to create opportunities to build hope.

    Join a collective amongst freelance artists in Chicago.

    The Creative Cypher was founded by Troy Pryor in 2013, with a goal to form a more collective bond amongst freelance artists in Chicago. Comprised of a talented group of directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, audio engineers, photographers, stylists, graphic and make up artists, the Cypher specializes in superb collaboration.

     

    Learn more here.

    Providing Participants Access to Employers

    The Re-Connect Program provides individuals interested in technology with web development skills and technology certifications that will jumpstart their career opportunities in the technology industry. The 6-week Re-Connect training program is for men and women, ages eight-teen and older, that have been unemployed for greater than six months. The training program includes three levels of achievements consisting of:

    • Microsoft IT Academy
    • CompTIA certifications & more
    • Web programming

    Qualified participants will also receive exclusive resources and access to the latest job opportunities available. Apply here.

    Internship Accelerator

    The BLUE|1647 Internship Accelerator matches selected minority high school and undergraduate-level students with Chicago-based startups and businesses for internships, and provides them with the insight, training, and networks needed to ensure their success. Through a high-touch fellowship model, and immersive business and high-tech software training, the Internship Accelerator will prepare motivated individuals for leadership in their fields. Learn more here.

    Educating and inspiring youth with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in technology.

     

    Latina Girls Code was created to provide education, resources, and a community for young Latinas, ages 7 - 17, who are interested in the many fields of technology. Learn more here.

     

    Training youth in engaging coding programs.

    Our Coding and Minecraft Game Development Bootcamps will engage students excitement of learning in a fun way. After our Starter Bootcamp, students are invited to more advanced game development classes. They'll understand how to use Mod Coder Pack (MCP), how to create a new java file, decompiling and recompiling Minecraft Code and more. Apply here.

    Code Blue USA Hackathon Series

    BLUE1647's CODE BLUE USA is a 12-month series of themed Hackathon's hosted throughout the United States to help bridge the tech gap in under-served communities. 

    We’re closing the digital-divide in our communities and helping students access relevant tech programs. Learn more here.

     

    BLUEFund Rewards

    BLUEFund Rewards is a rewards based crowdfunding platform that seeks to reach businesses, organizations and individuals that will contribute to the economic development of underserved communities. Learn more here.

  • Youth Coding Bootcamps

    Youth Learn Core Skills, Cross Functional Exposure and Deep Vertical Expertise.

    Our youth in-person immersive training cohorts are designed by industry leading experts to ensure that students graduate with both the depth & breadth of knowledge they'll need to make meaningful contributions in technology. Once enrolled students work with developers and a small group of inspiring peers to learn new skills while building digital projects.

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  • Events & Reservations

    BLUE|1647 facilitates member-led and community events - and expands collective knowledge with 12,500sq.ft. of open common area space, classrooms and conference rooms. Organizations and thought-leaders create a long-lasting impression for guests in a highly-hosted tech venue for presentations, professional talks, educational programs, and other extraordinary events. A BLUE|1647 host will guide your session including space selection, food and beverages, and technology.

     

     

    Rates:

    Classroom $50/hr. (minimum of 2hrs)

    Conference Rooms $50/hr. (minimum of 2hrs)

    Common Area (Request for an estimate)

     

    If you’d like to reserve space, or host an event at BLUE|1647, please fill out our Reservation Form below.

     

    For a complete listing of public BLUE|1647 programming, visit our calendar below.

     

  • Calendar 

    For more detailed information, check out our Upcoming Events

  • Contact Us

    Address: 1647 South Blue Island Ave. Chicago, IL. 60608 First Floor.

    Public Open Hours: 10am - 6pm, Monday - Sunday | Plus evening and weekend programming.

    Guest policy: A member must accompany any guest at all times. All guests must be registered with the BLUE|1647 staff. The inviting member will be responsible for the guest’s actions at all times.

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  • General Inquiries

    Please contact us to set up a time to visit.

  • Our Members

    Our members are inspired, hard-working creators who are committed to using their work in the world to create positive impact.  

    21st Century Youth Project

    Chicago International Social Change Film Festival

    Code Chicago

    Chicago Ruby

    Learning Dimensions

    Prenovate

    Illinois SBDC at UIC

    ChicagosNext

    Spanish with Salas

    Chicago Inventors Organization

    Leave for Good

    United NFC

    SponsorChange

    Charity Contributors of Chicago

    MEDTOON

    Reel Illinois

    YuuConnect

    Impakt Studios

    Política Aberta

    Sprouting Leaders

    Traceable Change

    Project Exploration

    DV Info Screens

    iMagine-it-Tech

    FLUIDITY

    Chase Charles Studio

    Benefit Management Associates

    Chicago Comedy Film Festival

    Dreamz and Visionz

    Lake Street Barbering Company

    Expo Collective

    Ms. Tech

    Heyu

    BRIJ Fund

    Infinite Mind Solutions

    Rivive Group

    PyroPhase

    Lightning Smart

    UrbanLeash

    Super Hero Huff

    The IQ Loft

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    Would you like to support us?

     

     

    A donation to BLUE|1647 gives us the ability to support various programs throughout the year. We sincerely thank you for your generosity. BLUE|1647 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

     

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