What’s In a Coworking Space?

Posted on April 15, 2013

Recently, the SoMe Team had the opportunity to declare a new HQ: the coworking space Enerspace Chicago. Situated in the West Loop, Enerspace Chicago boasts “workspace + wellness” for its tenants. Floor to ceiling windows, exposed brick and fiery red and orange décor give this place a tangible energy conducive to idea hashing and collaboration.

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This isn’t the first coworking space Chicago has to offer. Most notably is the Merchandise Mart’s 1871, which officially opened May 2, 2012, and includes 50,000 square feet of space, a business acceleration program (a program usually financed by venture capitalists to accelerate company growth on a national or global scale), and a coding and design school. In addition to 1871, you can also find The COOP, Onward Coworking, Catapult Chicago, and a host of other shared workspaces in the city.

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So why the hype? Is it the increase of working remotely that decreases the necessity for a physical office? Is it the jump in flow of creativity and energy? The networking possibilities? Maybe all of the above. An article titled ‘The Future of Coworking and Why it Will Give Your Business a Huge Edge,’ states that 71% participants reported a boost in creativity, and 62% said their standard of work had improved. With encouraged work/life balance through dedicated space for wellness-like Enerspace- and community happy hours and other events, coworking is redefining office life as we know it. As Regus CEO Mark Dixon states in the article, “The future of work should not be dictated by space or place, but by the individual and the tasks that he or she has to deliver.”

So next time you’re feeling restricted by your cube, visit your local coworking space. You may find the friendly and open environment gets your juices flowing!