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Got a New Tech Business? Set up Shop HERE

Need a place to work your startup digital business? Get your rental applications in to 1871, a 50,000-square-foot work space for digital entrepreneurs at the Merchandise Mart. The name 1871 is derived from the resurgence of Chicago after the great fire of 1871.

The space on the 12th floor can accommodate up to 500 people, or more than 100 startups, who are seeking flexible terms and a collaborative environment.   The spots will cost new startups between $125 and $400 a month and include a bunch of great benefits such as conference rooms, storage space, use of A/V equipment, mentorships, access to classes and seminars, and more. There is even an Intelligentsia coffee bar.  The calendar for May is already booked with events such as “hack nights” for female software developers and workshops on contracts and marketing.

Story by Wailin Wong

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-05-02/business/ct-biz-0503-1871-opening-20120502_1_local-startups-hub-chicagoland-entrepreneurial-center

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