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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Everything is month-to-month with no long-term commitments.
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.
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.
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A donation to BLUE|1647 gives us the ability to support various programs throughout the year. We sincerely thank you for your generosity.