• 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 40 classes and workshops each month, 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 entrepreneurship and digital marketing 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) daily series with experts who share their insider perspective on cutting-edge knowledge, tools or methods. Each week 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) in event space and conference rooms.
  • 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.

    Individual Student Basic Membership


    This membership is for College Students. Must have a college ID. Every innovative college student and budding professional, will want to have a BLUE Membership because it brings access to exclusive networking events, programming, and support for a diverse cross section of innovators to meet, work, and collaborate.

    • 1 BLUE1647 E.L.I.T.E. Workshop per month
    • Access to Coworking space
    • Access to Free events
    • Discount on Clubhouse fees
    • Access to Small Huddle rooms
    • Access to Printing Fax and Scan
    • Free access to Wifi Usage

    Business Premium


    Ideal for Members 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.

    • Unlimited E.L.I.T.E. Workshops per month
    • Access to Coworking space
    • 20 hours of Free Conference room credits/mo.
    • Discount on Event Space rental
    • Includes up to 4 Team members
    • Access to Printing Fax and Scan
    • Free Mailbox
    • Free Access to Wifi Usage

    Private Offices


      Office memberships include a private office best suited for businesses with up to two staff. We have a built-in desk top, access to printing copy fax station, conference room credits, one event space, and unlimited BLUE1647 Master Classes.

      • Unlimited E.L.I.T.E. Workshops per month
      • Dedicated office Space
      • Chairs included
      • Access to Printing Copy Fax and Scan
      • 20 hours of Free Conference rooms mo.
      • Access to all Coworking spaces
      • Discount on Rental of Interior Event Space
      • Up to 4 Team members allowed
      • Free Mailbox
      • Free Access to Wifi Usage

      Virtual Office


      • Unlimited E.L.I.T.E. Workshops per month
      • Free Mailbox 
      • 30 hours of time in Coworking space per month
      • 10 free Conference room hours per month
      • Free  access to Wifi usage

      Individual Premium


      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.

      • Unlimited E.L.I.T.E. Workshops per month
      • Access to Coworking space
      • 10 hours of Conference room /mo
      • 5 hours of Conference room Credits
      • Access to Free events
      • Access to Printing Copy Fax and Scan
      • Free access Wifi Usage

      Business Basic



      • Unlimited E.L.I.T.E. Workshops per month
      • Access to Coworking space
      • 10 hours of Free Conference room credits/mo
      • Access to Printing Fax and Scans
      • Includes up to 2 team members
      • Discount on Interior Event Space 
      • Free Mailbox
      • Free Access to Wifi Usage
    • Join Our Community Of Creators


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


    • Locations

      Impacting communities through diversity, technology and entrepreneurship. 

      BLUE Lacuna

      2150 Canalport, Chicago, IL

      4811 Delmar Blvd.

      1401 Lasalle Lane.

      St. Louis, Missouri

      Compton Unified School District.

      Compton, California

      S. Fourth Avenue


      The Lab (Haiti)

      Blue1647 West

      Mar Vista Gardens

      11965 Allin Street Los Angeles CA

      Avalon Gardens

      701 E 88th Place Los Angeles CA

      William Mead

      1300 N. Cardinal Los Angles CA

      Imperial Courts

      1300 N. Cardinal Los Angles CA

    • 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.

      UBS & Village Capital launch VC Pathways Program for Black/Latinx/Female Entrepreneurs Seeking Early-Stage Funding & Support

      UBS and Village Capital have partnered with Blue1647 and ImBlackInTech to bring their Pathways investment program to Chicago. VC Pathways is a national program that will train and support African American, Latinx and female founders to increase their competitiveness for seed-stage venture investment and early-stage incubator and accelerator programs. Learn more information about the VC Pathways offering and key local program dates.


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

      Code Chicago is a series of hands-on, mobile development, web programming and design workshops held at the innovation center, BLUE1647 / Blue Lacuna, where every participant will work with one another and join in the spirit of collaboration and learning. It is this aspect of education that we trust would resonate most with our participants — and that with an open atmosphere where no question is off limits, we see interesting and inspiring thinking about how to embrace the openness of technology as an opportunity palette — and to really push what might seem conventionally possible with a web browser, and a mobile device having an internet connection. Learn more here or signup for emailed event notifications.

      Direct access to leading experts.

      E.L.I.T.E. (Entrepreneur, Leadership, Intelligence, Technology, and Empowerment) is a daily series for BLUE1647 members, with experts who share their insider perspective on cutting-edge knowledge, tools or methods. Each week we bring in an industry expert to break down emerging technologies and trends in a hands-on workshop or 1-on-1 office hour meetings. Topics cover entrepreneurship, technology, data, digital marketing, sales, leadership, and more. Learn more here.

      BLUE eSports

      Lab, League & Arena

      BLUE eSports are innovative high-end gaming facilities bringing the best gaming and educational experience to Chicago. With over 50 state-of-the-art, high speed computers, lounge areas, and console gaming - Blue eSports is the premium destination of eSports located inside The Blue LACUNA, in Chicago, IL. Learn more here.

      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. Sign up for updates here.

      Empower your child to change the world.


      Blue Studios is the only Pre-K through 12th grade STEM pathway serving Chicagoland. Blue Studios is a partnership of Blue1647 and Paige & Paxton. These two award-winning programs have teamed up to provide students with the kind of engaging, robust STEM enrichment experiences that lay the foundation for future academic, professional and personal success. Learn more here. Download our mobile app from iTunes & Google Play. Sign up for updates 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.

      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. Register for updates 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.

    • Download the Blue Studios App in both app stores today to plan and schedule your youth classes! From this mobile App you can view class schedules, sign-up for classes, view ongoing promotions, as well as view the studio’s location and contact information. Optimize your time and maximize the convenience of signing up for classes from your device. Download this App today!


    • Sign up for news from the field, workshops, classes, and upcoming events!

    • Events & Reservations

      BLUE|1647 facilitates member-led and community events - and expands collective knowledge with 250,000sq.ft. of unique event 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.


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

    • Contact Us

      Address: 2150 South Canalport Ave. Chicago, IL. 60608 2nd Floor.

      Public Open Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm | 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.






    • 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



      Spanish with Salas

      Chicago Inventors Organization

      Paige & Paxton

      Charity Contributors of Chicago

      Impakt Studios

      Política Aberta

      Sprouting Leaders


      Chase Charles Studio

      Expo Collective


      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.