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BLUE1647 is an entrepreneurship and technology innovation center focused on education (through classes and workshops), workforce development (through internships), business acceleration, and economic development in technology and 21st century skills. As a beacon of resource through physical space and curated programming, 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.
Our membership community is boldly diverse in skill-set, industry sector, organizational development, and age demographic. Our community provides members access to the knowledge, relationships, and resources needed to create impact. We also facilitate member-led and community events, expand collective knowledge, and provide opportunities for team-building.
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Everything is month-to-month with no long-term commitments.
A creativity-fostering campus to empower today’s Makers and digital entrepreneurs. Learn from educators and expert practitioners through our immersive training programs providing hands-on skills, experience, and networks 21st Century career’s require.
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Innovators, Community Organizers, and Tech Evangelists
Mentors and Partners
High-growth professionals, helping to make BLUE|1647 a dynamic innovation center.
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Events & Reservations!
BLUE|1647 facilitates member-led and community events - and expands collective knowledge with 10,000sq.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.
Classroom $50/hr. (minimum of 2hrs)
Conference Rooms $50/hr. (minimum of 2hrs)
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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.
If you’d like to reserve space, or host an event at BLUE|1647, fill out our Event Rental Form below.
For more detailed information, check out our Upcoming Events
Address: 1647 South Blue Island Ave. Chicago, IL. 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.
Our members are inspired, hard-working creators who are committed to using their work in the world to create positive impact.
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.
Everything from curated programming to casual gatherings with a creative, active, or educational twist!