LEXC Event, Tribune Article, Signature Offices, Premier Business Centers, The Bureau Chicago open new facilities in Chicago

Chicago has become an epicenter of coworking culture. Following the much-touted launch of 1871 in May 2012, scores of coworking spaces have opened in Chicago.

As in many cities, there are multiple interpretations of the coworking model: industry-specific/take everyone; 3,000 s.f./15,000 s.f.; 90% open plan/30% open plan. The fun is experiencing the variety of options and passion of the owners.

One of the most passionate pioneers and a leading voice in coworking nationally is Jamie Russo, founder and owner of Enerspace Coworking in  Chicago & Palo Alto. Jamie opened her space in February 2012, in advance of 1871’s launch.  Enerspace’s tag line “Work Well TM” reflects their mission to “give members a place and the tools they need to blend work and wellness”

Jamie is also the President of LEXC– League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces, a curated group of Coworking spaces.  Later this month, LEXC is hosting it’s Fall meetup  in Chicago. Per Jamie : “LEXC is a global group of coworking space owners and our mission is to share best practices among the group and to provide mobility for our members.”  During the Meetup days, there will be an invitation-only Happy Hour hosted by new coworking space The Bureau Chicago and sponsored by SITE REsolutions.  Contact us  – info@siteresolutions.com for additional details.

The Chicago Tribune is rolling out a Chicago Coworking Directory by the end of the month along with an article about Chicago’s coworking community.

Signature Offices just opened in the CNA Building. It is a new, vibrant take on traditional business center workspace.  The South Loop, just North of Congress at 33 S. Wabash, has sorely needed a well-run option.  Bill Vernon, industry veteran, offers just that. Contact Bill to book a tour: bvernon@sigoffices.com

Premier Business Centers launches their Chicago flagship location at 200 W. Madison. Premier is the largest US-owned business center operator, with 75 locations (and growing) as of this announcement. The Chicago opening is set for mid-October. Contact Kassidy Mays to arrange a site visit: kmays@pbcenters.com

The Bureau Chicago is the newest entrant into the Chicago Collaborative Workspace market, located at 1420 S. Michigan. Very easy street parking and a beautiful contemporary setting. Contact Azul Vazquez for a free day pass and to arrange a tour: avazquez@thebureauchicago.com .

Chicago has been a vibrant and busy city for coworking and this September is just a small sample of the dramatic growth in coworking space since 2012.

SITE REsolutions/YES! Your Exceptional Space TM  is on the front lines of this resurgence, currently working with landlords and developers of commercial and residential space to transform their holdings into a more integrated, and profitable, solution.

We will share more in the coming weeks about our case studies and observations.

If you’d like more information for your development, we welcome you to contact us at info@siteresolutions.com


September 9th, 2015

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Some business centers have a long history of building community spirit. The focus by multiple interests, including corporations, for building workplace community heightened our interest in reaching out to colleagues who have achieved fantastic results for years.

Here is just one take…

Friend to all in the industry and, his “formal” title as

Ray Lindenberg

Chief Innovationist/Consultant (and, I guess…Cruise Director…) Winning Workspaces Hospitality Group

Ray is the embodiment of hospitality and vitality. We’ve asked for his thoughts on top memorable and creative events he has hosted at the space of his primary client – Select Office Suites in New York.

His thoughts:

“With many hundreds of fun, exciting and free community activities on-site, as well as field trip events that I’ve designed and produced for the neighbor-client-tenant-members at the various Serviced Workspaces that I’ve consulted for over the past quarter century, I’m often asked to rate the best and most memorable ones, which is tough to do since I absolutely loved doing them all: from the ‘Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Shows’ and ‘St. Patrick’s Day RiverDance/Clean Green Energy’ parties, to the ‘Apple-Picking/Hayriding Barbecues’, ‘Nail Salon Days’, and ‘Free Flea Market/Save Stuff From The Landfill’ Days.

Picking a best and favorite event or activity is like declaring a favorite child. Ugghh. But if I had to pick 3 or risk losing my Keeping Up With The Kardashians Viewing Privileges, I guess these are the ones that stand-out:

1) The on-site Annual Year-End Mega Party that routinely attracts over 1,000 clients and friends featuring, among other attractions, the multiple Dance Floors, bars, international food stations, caricaturists, Texas Hold’em Poker Tourney and of course, the highlight being the traditional ‘Blessing Of The Halls’ by the Brazilian Samba Lady and her Troupe to scare away any evil spirits.

2) The surprise, obscure themed days such as the ‘ A Celebration Of Pies on Pi Day (3.14)’, or the International Pretzel Day, as if anybody needed an obtuse reason to throw a party.

Ray hoisting a celebratory pretzel   RAY.WANY.2015


3) But if I have to choose my favorite, I guess it was the back-to-back event about 10 years ago at the prime client that I consult with, when we offered “Free Haircuts For Neighbors Day’ (courtesy of one of our clients who’s dad is a retired barber) one afternoon, followed by a ‘Salute To Lawyers Over Tea & Crumpets Day’ the next morning. Both were so popular and such fun, but what made it even more memorable was how we billed and announced those two contiguous events to our community on our bulletin boards and E-vites which everybody got a kick out of. “From Hair To Attorney Tea”.

Fun, exciting, dynamic, memorable, community-spirited events can happen in enclosed BCs just as readily as they can at Open Plan COworking Spaces. You just need a little commitment, soul and imagination to pull it off.”

SITE REsolutions collaborates with Winning Workspaces to share best industry practices. If you create collaborative workspace, we bring amazing collaborators to work as a team on your project.

We will share more in the coming weeks about our case studies and observations.

If you’d like more information for your development, we welcome you to contact us at info@siteresolutions.com

April 24th, 2015

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Back in 1999 there was major buzz about a high-tech incubator being developed by divine Interventures in Chicago.  This, as we now know, was a bit ahead of its’ time, considering the grand success of 1871.

I joined the firm in March, 2000 and worked with a division of the portfolio called “dotspot, Inc.”  There, I met several incredibly intelligent and dynamic people, including Ryan Evans.

I recently circled back with Ryan to catch up on life-after-dotspot and to get his perspective in the current trend in collaborative, open-plan workspace.  Ryan is Founder and President of Tendinc.com, a web portal that allows you to track who are your prospects and and how they found you.  He is also a member of Grind coworking space in Chicago, so he has witnessed how collaborative space has evolved.

Here is the digest:

Q: Ryan, we experience the precursor of 1871 back in the day.  What do you see that has changed most dramatically since 1999 in the collaborative workspace arena?

A: The biggest change over the last 15 years has been that technology has enabled people to work in different physical locations and coworking has become a normal thing. When it first started, there was no way to do video chat and it was pretty tough to collaborate. Because working remotely has become so common, the number of tools that help people work together in different places has exploded. I think in many cases having people working in different places is not only desirable for employees, but it can actually lead to more productivity. Jason Fried has a nice TED Talk on this .

Q: There is still a great deal of debate about open-plan for sizable companies.  Are there benefits to collaborative space for corporations and larger companies?

A: Bigger companies need to be educated on the benefits of collaborative spaces. There is still resistance from some companies that having people work in a collaborative environment isn’t a good thing. There is this leftover idea that you need to have an office “presence” that impresses people with a dedicated receptionist and a big sign at the entrance. But people don’t really care about that any more.

For companies with small regional offices, employees would generally rather work in a space with more people that is larger and more active than be crammed into a small office with 2-3 of their coworkers.

Q: How would you go about working with a larger business to ease them into creating collaborative workspace?

A: Individuals need to be sold on the benefits of being in a collaborative space instead of working at home, especially since it adds a commute and a cost that they currently don’t have. Being around other people increases your connections, opens you up for knowledge sharing and is simply better for your mental sanity. Humans are social creatures and weren’t meant to be alone all day long. There is a reason solitary confinement is used as one of the worst forms of punishment.

Q:  What can for-profit coworking and collaborative workspaces do to attract members?

A:  Collaborative spaces need to foster the huge selling point of bringing with common interests and personalities together. Many people who run collaborative spaces don’t think much about the culture of the space they are creating or the type of people they are trying to attract. They are so concerned with filling the space, that they are happy with anyone who will come into the space. I think that’s a mistake. If you build even a small group of people that really enjoy being around people, they will not only be excited about the space and stick around longer, but often they will recruit their peers to join them.

Q: Can you please share what marketing strategies would look like?

A: The marketing tools that space owners need to use, are the ones that get in front of the type of people they are trying to attract and showcase the feel of a space. Social media is a very powerful tool for this. Space managers can not only post pictures, videos and blog posts, but they can encourage people in the space to talk about it to their friends online. Also, the advertising capabilities with social media is getting much more sophisticated and, when executed well, managers can get in front of the exact people they want in the space.

Many thanks to Ryan Evans of Tendinc.com.  To get more intelligence on your prospects and customers, link to Tendinc.com and connect with Ryan on Twitter @ryanevans

September 30th, 2014

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Advocacy for a fully-evolved Customer Experience for all users of collaborative workspace is now in high gear.  The balancing act between open-plan, focused work, working together, working alone together can be argued incessantly.  Corporate America is still working to untangle the Gordian’s knot. A universal option for all workspaces is to consider the elements in our infographic:




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August 20th, 2014

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SITE REsolutions is honored to present on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at an event sponsored by New Media Manitoba : Coworking for the Incredibly Awesome

In summary:Wendy will take us through several case studies of coworking spaces from around the world and what makes them successful. We will look at how you can get involved in the coworking movement in Manitoba and how it can completely change your business. And in the spirit of coworking, there will be time during the event to share with others what you do! This will be an opportunity to see how you can participate and where you can go today if you want to get started.

We’re looking forward to meeting and interacting with our audience!

November 7th, 2013

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View the latest in Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily.

October 29th, 2013

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More details found in this recent Chicago Tribune article.

Certainly this trend is following the growth of the rental market and the mobile workforce in the US.

October 24th, 2013

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There is a wave of new feminism sweeping the US, as demonstrated by the millions of copies of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In on people’s bookshelves and e-readers. Lean In groups have been springing up across the country. A small and vocal group of men have come out publicly as feminists – in support of gender equality.

The challenge is still in our boardrooms. To that, Kelly Wallace, CNN’s digital correspondent shares how the performance of businesses changes when women are at the table.

The sad truth from Kelly’s article point to the need for multiple studies to scientifically outline quantifiable proof that companies with more women in positions of senior leadership and board membership financially outperform those with fewer women.

I know Twitter is listening prior to their IPO.

As Kelly sites, when women are at the table, there is a now-greater push toward vocalizing personal priorities: i.e. a senior executive publicly mentioning her inability to attend the next conference call because she would be attending her daughter’s kindergarten graduation. Several colleagues, including men, contacted the executive afterwards in support of her decision.

This gives all of us more room to remember to work to live not live to work.

October 23rd, 2013

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An article authored by Signe Brewster in Gigaom features information about a Maker’s Space pilot program featuring 3-D printers and supporting technology in Chicago’s Harold Washington Library.

DSCN0154-225x300The pilot program will run through year-end 2013. Once evaluated the program may continue. Let’s hope our Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel takes a leap of faith to renew for at least another year.

This effort simply enhances on the already-significant success of the 14-month-old 1871 tech incubator in the Merchandise Mart, the rise of several coworking spaces in Chicago, Motorola’s move to the City, the simultaneous expansion of Google into the West Randolph corridor and can feed greater interest in the Mayor’s vision of establishing a biotech incubator over the next year.

Let’s keep this momentum Chicago!

July 9th, 2013

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Harvard Business Review recently published a captivating article by
Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones regarding the careful thought firms such as Arup and Waitrose have taken to create an amazing workspace culture.
From their article: ”We call this “the organization of your dreams.” In a nutshell, it’s a company where individual differences are nurtured; information is not suppressed or spun; the company adds value to employees, rather than merely extracting it from them; the organization stands for something meaningful; the work itself is intrinsically rewarding; and there are no stupid rules.”
As we look to find our own work/life balance issues, we understand as well that Gen Y is willing to take a smaller paycheck in order to have more flexibility.
We’ll continue to share interesting findings in workspace evolution.
Happy Summer!

June 18th, 2013

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