We live & work in Chicago, IL
Cool & Collaborative
With more than 75,000 square feet of working space, 1871 has an open concept and flexible environment that allows its members room to grow and a place to share ideas freely. The structure of the space provides an opportunity for members to learn from the people and businesses around them first-hand—with a large auditorium, reserved spaces, shared co-working spaces, classrooms, conference rooms, a community style kitchen and a cafe.
What 1871 Does
1871 is Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital start-ups. With over 75,000 square-feet of facility space and continuing to expand, 1871 provides Chicago based start-ups with space, daily programming and events, connectivity, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors, and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs. 1871 strives to help its exceptional 250+ start-ups—and their amazing designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs—build a path to successful businesses.
1871 in the World
Leaders From Legacy
The story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 isn’t really about the fire—it’s about what happened next. A remarkable moment when the most brilliant engineers, architects, and inventors came together to build a new city, 1871 carries on their legacy by promoting innovation—born of passion and practical ingenuity—that can shape not just Chicago, but the modern world.
“1871 may be the most energetic spot in Chicago. On any given day, you'll find 500 entrepreneurs building companies and making connections with industry leaders, investors, and peers.”
Board Of Directors at 1871 & SVP Of The Pritzker Group
“For me, the most important element of the 1871 experience is the access to continued education. Through chance encounters, mentoring sessions, office hours, and workshops I have been able to acquire a tremendous amount of knowledge.”
Co-Founder & CMO of OptionsAway
“In addition to being the largest digital start-up incubator in the U.S—both in terms of the number of member companies and our physical size—we have assembled the most comprehensive and diverse assembly of assets.”