Industrious will be introduced to Chicago's growing entrepreneurial startup and small business scene as a 17,000-square-foot "Hive Office" loft space at 320 W. Ohio Street in Chicago's River North neighborhood in the Summer of 2013.
Industrious is in one of River North’s most beautiful loft spaces, with high ceilings and exposed brick walls. Composed of brightly lit, glass-walled private offices and productive conference rooms and common areas, Industrious will offer members all the comforts of a modern office in an engaging, energizing community atmosphere. The space will cater to small businesses and firms of all types, and will offer a next step office solution for startups and companies exiting early stage incubator hubs and accelerators like 1871, Catapult Chicago, TechStars Chicago, Impact Engine and the like.
Tenants will rent offices ranging in size from 1 to 10 people on a month-to-month basis, a perk designed to appeal to designers, financiers, lawyers, non-profits, small business owners, and telecommuters. Office rates start at $400 a month. Amenities include 24/7 access to free wifi and electricity, printing services, private phone booths, onsite storage, lounges, complementary mail services, access to conference and collaboration rooms, a kitchen and a full service coffee bar from Bow Truss Coffee Roasters. In addition, Industrious will offer members a wide variety of classes and events in its space.
“We are taking the office to a higher, more aesthetically pleasing level,” said Industrious Principal Justin Stewart. “Industrious is the next evolution of the modern workplace. Bright glass-walled private offices, beautiful loft space, and an environment that inspires collaboration are the keys to our vision. Between the community of a co-working space and the private productiveness of a more traditional office, what we’re offering is something brand new to Chicago. These are thoughtfully designed spaces inspired by River North’s urban loft galleries— not staid, walled-off offices with little imagination,” he added.
Industrious is partnering with award-winning agency, Doejo, which is facilitating the design of the space for this project with local architecture and design firm, Horn Design. Doejo will also coordinate Industrious’ online development and PR, as well as shape its community partnerships.
"Industrious hopes to take the camaraderie of coworking one-step further by also providing members with more quiet, mature spaces for growing companies, especially those seeking productive privacy," said Doejo CEO, Phil Tadros.
Industrious hopes to address the next evolution of the co-working movement, which DeskWanted's Global Coworking Census shows is growing annually by 87 percent. According to the study, conducted in February 2013, there are a total of 2,498 shared workspaces in 80 countries around the world, a 300 percent increase from 2010. The United States leads this trend with 781 spaces. Benefits of co-working spaces include escaping isolation inherent to entrepreneurship, cross-pollination opportunities with other companies and access to a stimulating community environment.
Industrious is pre-registering tenants at IndustriousOffice.com and encouraging them to take hard-hat tours of the space in April and May. Updates can be found on twitter.com/IndustriousHQ and facebook.com/IndustriousOffice.