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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.
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.
Join Our Community Of Creators
Everything is month-to-month with no long-term commitments.
Impacting communities through diversity, technology and entrepreneurship.
A creativity-fostering space to empower today’s entrepreneurs. Participate in curated programming alongside business acceleration services, workshops, and work with member-run companies.
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.
Innovators, Community Organizers, and Technologists
Impactful organizations helping to make BLUE|1647 a dynamic innovation center.
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.
For more detailed information, check out our Upcoming Events
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.
Please contact us to set up a time to visit.
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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. BLUE|1647 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.