Careercloud Guide to Coworking Space In Chicago

Besides being known for deep dish pizza and signature elevated “L” trains, Chicago is one of the world’s leading business and startup hubs. More and more knowledge economy workers are residing in work hubs called coworking spaces. These shared office spaces have grown immensely in popularity, providing professionals with unique networking opportunities outside of the traditional office or coffee shop setting. 

From launching a startup to running an established enterprise, the Windy City is bursting with opportunity to launch your career. Musicians, artists, writers, social activists, and tech experts call Chicago home, cultivating a deep entrepreneurial spirit as it is a launchpad to success for growing teams. 

We researched the most popular coworking spaces in Chicago and assessed each on their location, amenities, price, nearby surroundings, parking, and walkability. WeWork has our stamp of approval as it met our high quality standards in all areas. 

A Full List of the Best Coworking Spaces in Chicago, IL

The 3 best coworking spaces in Chicago: 

  1. WeWork  - best overall

  2. Coalition  - best plan variety

  3. Free Range Offices - best value

The other coworking spaces we considered: 

  • Platform Coworking 

  • Make Offices  

  • Industrious Offices  

  • Homiey 

  • 1871 

Reviews of the Best Coworking Spaces in Chicago

WeWork Chicago

WeWork is the best space to cowork for many reasons. This coworking giant has the most locations open of any other coworking company. Currently, there are nine locations open in the Windy City, with three more opening soon. 

WeWork coworking spaces are typically concentrated in the downtown area but also have sites open in other neighborhoods to ensure a WeWork location is accessible for almost anyone. Professionals can take advantage of all that working in the hustle and bustle of a vibrant downtown neighborhood has to bring -- easy commuting, networking opportunities, and economic incentives. 

Locations

Wework currently manages nine locations in Chicago, and more locations will be opening soon. Three of the nine locations are in the Loop, one of the four areas that make up Chicago’s downtown. It features vibrant eateries, parks, and shopping. These downtown WeWork addresses are: 

  • 332 S Michigan Ave Chicago IL 606004

  • 1 W Monroe St Chicago IL 60603

  • 125 S Clark St Chicago IL 60603 (The National) 

The River North District is the northernmost of the four areas that make up downtown. Important commercial buildings such as the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and the John Hancock Center call this area home. WeWork currently operates four coworking locations here. 

  • 111 W Illinois St Chicago IL 60654

  • 515 N State 14th Floor Chicago IL 60654

  • 20 W Kinzie St Chicago IL 60654

  • 330 N Wabash 23rd Floor Chicago IL 60611

WeWork is also venturing into the West Loop area, with two coworking spaces open there. 

  • 220 N Green St Chicago IL 60607

  • 222 S Riverside Plz Chicago IL 60606

Amenities

We were impressed with the amount of amenities that were a standard at each WeWork location. No need to worry about office supplies or furniture or printers -- it’s all covered at WeWork. You can find amenities like a friendly on-site crew, around the clock cleaning services, high-speed internet, fully equipped conference rooms, and soundproofed phone booths for private team calls at all WeWork locations. Stay hydrated and caffeinated throughout the day with complimentary refreshing fruit water and fresh micro-roasted coffee. Each location also hosts unique professional and social events to cultivate a strong team culture.  

All of these great features are customary at all 770 WeWork locations. Each individual WeWork location also features special bonuses, which are addressed below. 

Price

WeWork’s rates are comparable with many of its competitors, even with the myriad of high-end amenities. Three different membership plans are offered -- hot desks, dedicated desks, and private offices -- so you can choose the plan that best suits your team’s needs. Hot desks in Chicago range from $260/month to $390/month. If you’d like to root yourself in more of a permanent area, dedicated desks are available from $350/month to $490/month. Or maybe your team is rapidly growing and you need more space. Private offices range from $690/month to $800/month.

WeWork Locations

WeWork Location 1 - 332 S Michigan Ave 

Nearby surroundings

This WeWork location is ideally located on Michigan Avenue, meaning there is a wealth of great retail spaces and restaurants nearby. Occupying the eighth and ninth floors of the McCormick Building, Michigan Avenue is also home to the well known John Hancock Center and Tribune Tower. Millennium Park and Grant Park are within walking distance. The LaSalle, Millennium, and Van Buren Metra train stations are all within walking distance of this coworking site, and there are seven L lines that run through the Loop. 

Amenities

The Wells Fargo Center site has a secure and lockable wellness room on site for those who are nursing, need to destress after a meeting, or just need a break. It is also dog-friendly if you get your best work done next to your canine companion. 

Walkability

This location is situated in the Loop neighborhood. Check out our map towards the end of this article to see exactly what other neighborhoods are near this coworking space. 

Parking

The Grant Park South Garage is available for parking for $206/month. There are also several apps that assist in finding parking. WeWork recommends Spot, an app that allows users to rent out their unused parking spaces. 

WeWork Location 2 - 1 W Monroe St 

Nearby surroundings

1 W Monroe St is located in the heart of the Loop in the top floors of the former Academy of Fine Arts. This site is also within walking distance to Grant Park and Millennium Park. It is only two quick blocks from seven major L lines and close to some great eateries. Revival Food hall is great for a fast lunch, or try Cochon Volant for more of a high-end experience. 

Amenities

This WeWork location is equipped with a brainstorming room to help get ideas flowing. It also has an elegantly designed event space furnished with a projector and sound system. Inspired by the close proximity of the parks, this space was designed with nature in mind with vibrant wallpaper, lots of windows, and even a moss wall to provide fresh air. 

Walkability

Centrally located in the Loop neighborhood, the West Loop Gate area is also within walking distance. 

Parking

While there is no designated parking at this WeWork site, 1 W Monroe Street’s central location gives easy access to a wide array of nearby public transportation options. 

WeWork Location 3 - The National 

Nearby surroundings

Also located in the Loop, the National Building is in the heart of Chicago’s bustling central business district. Occupying four newly renovated floors of the former Commercial National Bank of Chicago, this WeWork location is super close to some great eats. Revival Food Hall is on the first floor and features local favorites. There are also food trucks parked outside of the building.

Amenities

This space’s design was inspired by the Loop’s nearby public art, bringing vibrant colors, fun patterns, and even Calder’s red Flamingo sculpture inside. This site also features a beautiful view of Chicago’s central business district, not to mention an awesome gaming arcade inside. 

Walkability

This location is ideally located in the Loop, and West Loop Gate district is also within walking distance.

Parking

There is no parking specifically for this site; however, WMW Self Park is just two blocks away. There is also bicycle storage available. 

WeWork Location 4 - 111 W Illinois St 

Nearby surroundings

This River North coworking site is easily accessible via public transportation -- train stations for the Purple, Blue, Red, Brown, Green, Pink, and Orange lines are all within a few blocks and the 22, 29, 36, 65, and 165 buses are nearby. There is a thriving nightlife scene right outside the door. For after-work drinks, try SafeHouse Chicago or Three Dots and a Dash. 

Amenities

From the wallpaper decorated with local landmarks to a mural celebrating Micheal Jordan to deep-dish pizza trays adorning the hallway, this workspace just screams Chicago. Bright common areas, elegant conference rooms, and modern architecture are what makes this coworking site stand out. It also features a wellness room and is dog-friendly. 

Walkability

This workspace is located in the River North neighborhood and is just blocks away from the Streeterville neighborhood. 

Parking

There is no designated parking at this building, but street parking is $4/hour and the Greenway Self Park starts at $255/month. For the bicycle riders, Divvy station is right outside the front door. 

WeWork Location 5 - 515 N State 14th Floor  

Nearby surroundings

Just blocks from the Chicago River, this coworking site makes commuting a breeze with several major bus lines nearby. Celebrate team wins or impress clients at Joe’s seafood or Broken Shaker. 

Amenities

A mix of historical charm and an atmosphere of innovation graces this office space. There is an onsite fitness center to help you stay on track of your personal health goals. This site also boasts spacious conference rooms and sleek private offices.  

Walkability

Similar to the 111 W Illinois St workspace, 515 N State St is located in the River North district and is within walking distance to the Streeterville neighborhood.

Parking

There is parking at State/Grand St, which is right across the street. The Divvy Bike Station is three blocks away. 

WeWork Location 6 - 20 W Kinzie St 

Nearby surroundings

Your commute couldn’t be any easier at this location as it is located right by the Brown, Purple, and Red CTA lines, several Divvy bike stations, and many bus stops. Great restaurants to impress clients or for happy hours are within walking distance. 

Amenities

Formerly Chicago’s Google headquarters, this workspace’s design was inspired by jazz clubs and majestic theaters. Exposed brick and concrete give this space a fresh vibe, along with contemporary furniture. A stunning outdoor terrace and balcony is located on the first floor -- perfect for a breath of fresh air. The pet-friendly policy is also a people-pleaser. 

Walkability

Located at the southern end of the River North neighborhood, this workspace is also right across the river from the north side of the Loop. 

Parking

The Greenway Parking Garage is just two blocks away. 

WeWork Location 7 - 330 N Wabash 23rd Floor 

Nearby surroundings

This River North location has 10 bus lines all within a two-block radius, so you can commute in a snap. Downstairs this historic building features some of Chicago’s best bars and restaurants. The Chicago River is right outside the front door. 

Amenities

Aside from offering beautiful views of the Windy City, this coworking space also boasts an onsite fitness center and a coffee bar with a full-time barista. Premium finishes adorn the lounges, private offices, and elegant conference rooms. 

Walkability

Similar to the 20 W Kinzie St space, this site is located in the SE part of River North and is also close to the Loop. 

Parking

Laz Parking is one block away at State/Kenzie St. There is also onsite bicycle storage for the cyclists on the team. 

WeWork Location 8 - 220 N Green St 

Nearby surroundings

This workspace is located in the heart of Fulton River District, one of Chicago’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Big-box retail stores, renowned restaurants, art galleries, and small boutiques are all right next door.  

Amenities

Aside from all of WeWork’s essentials, this coworking space raises the bar with a game lounge, a nursing room, and event space equipped with a sound system, projector, and lighting controls. There is also bicycle storage and showers/lockers, not to mention a dog-friendly policy. This space occupies seven floors of a renovated industrial meatpacking building, and it stays true to its gritty roots with exposed brick and wood beams.   

Walkability

Nestled in the Fulton River District, this workspace is located in the historic West Loop neighborhood. 

Parking

While there is no assigned parking here, several public transportation options are nearby. There is bicycle parking onsite, as well as a convenient Divvy station. 

WeWork Location 9 - 222 S Riverside Plz 

Nearby surroundings

Situated on the river, this workspace is close to Union Station, Oglivie Transportation Center, and the Chicago Amtrack to make your commute a breeze. After work, head over to Greektown to enjoy some traditional greek eats, or explore Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row. Grab a quick breakfast at the Corner Bakery Cafe. 

Amenities

Inspired by the West Loop’s energetic atmosphere, this office space features neon art and colorful accents. This workspace boasts fun community events like TGIM: Massages & Muffins and TGIM: Acai Bowls.   

Walkability

This coworking location is nestled in the vibrant West Loop neighborhood and is also within walking distance from Greektown. 

Parking

The Union Station self park is just two blocks away, and the Canal St/Jackson Blvd Divvy Station is one block away.  

Coalition Space 

Locations
Coalition currently has two convenient locations open. Their address are:

  • 405 W Superior, Floor 7, Chicago IL 60654 (Coalition Space: Impact)

  • 18 S Michigan Ave, Floor 12, Chicago IL 60603 (Coalition Space: Energy) 

Amenities

Coalition doesn’t skimp on the amenities and bonuses. Business-class printing, kitchenettes, phone booths, cleaning services, WiFi, and coffee are just some of the great amenities this workspace offers. Expansive floor plans offer roomy space free of distractions and let in lots of natural light. There is also a dedicated event space on the first floor available to rent that comes equipped with chairs, tables, and a projector.  An outdoor deck features a beautiful panoramic view of Lake Michigan and the iconic Chicago skyline. Community managers coordinate professional and social events, such as happy hours, fostering a strong team environment. Depending on the membership, you can also get access to conference rooms and mail service. 

Price

There are six different membership packages available at Coalition, ensuring that you can choose the plan that suits you the best. Not all plans are available at each location, so please visit their website for more details on what each package includes. Day passes are from $20 and virtual offices are $85/month. The hot desk packages range from $100-250/month, depending on the number of days per week and the amount of time you’d like access to the workspace. Coalition’s Flex membership is $150/month, and the dedicated desk plan ranges from $300-450/month. They also offer private offices for teams of 1-5 or 8-10 for a price range of $750-900/month. Additionally, their event space is available to rent for $200+/hour. 

Parking

There is no dedicated parking garage at this location; however, Coalition has partnered with Spothero to help members find parking spots, and reserve them from anywhere with the Spothero app. There is also free and secure bike storage. Each location is also conveniently located near major transportation hubs. 

Coalition Spaces Chicago Locations - Specific Details

Coalition Location 1 - Millennium Park (Coalition Space: Energy)

Nearby surroundings

Coalition Space: Energy is primely located in the heart of Chicago, right across the street from Millennium Park and is housed in the penthouse street of the historic Gage Building. This coworking space calls Michigan Ave home, so dozens of great restaurants and retailers are just steps away. Millennium Park is right outside the front door. This space is also on the Orange, Brown, Purple, Green, and Pink Line routes. 

Walkability
This coworking space is located in the bustling neighborhood of the Loop, on the east side. 

Coalition Location 2 - River North (Coalition Space: Impact)

Nearby surroundings

This coworking site is located two blocks west of the Chicago stop on the Brown Line. It is also two blocks from Ward Park and less than a 15 minute walk to the Magnificent Mile. There are social opportunities right outside the front door, such as summer concerts and pop-up cafes. 

Walkability

Coalition Space: Impact is located in the River North neighborhood. It is also within walking distance from the River West neighborhood. 

Free Range Office

Location

Located just minutes from downtown Chicago, Free Range is located at 2141 W. North Ave, 2nd Flr, Chicago, IL 60647

Price

Free Range Office offers four different membership options. Day passes are available for $20/day or 10 visits for $180. Club Members, also known as a Hot Desk membership, receive free wifi, 24/7 access, networked printing, and access to networking events among other things for $300/month. Office Pods, or a Dedicated Desk membership, are $425/month for those who prefer to have the same desk each visit. For individuals who are looking for a little more privacy, private offices are available for $750/month.   

Nearby Surroundings

Just steps from public transportation, including trains and buses, this coworking space is also close to the airport and the Loop. Restaurants and bars, like The Violet Hour and Chop Shop scatter the hip neighborhood, perfect for impressing clients or celebrating team successes. 

Amenities

This cozy workspace features elevated desks, ergonomic chairs, and spacious tables. Large windows let in lots of natural light, and there are charming hardwood floors, giving this space a home-like vibe. Members enjoy bonuses like an outdoor terrace, private phone booths, complimentary coffee and tea, Internet access, and color printing. In addition there is a gourmet kitchen fully equipped with a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave. The entire space can also be rented out on weekends or evenings and can seat around 70 people. 

Walkability

Located in the north side of Chicago, Free Range Office calls the hip Wicker Park-Bucktown neighborhood their home. 

Parking

There is free street parking directly outside, as well as free bicycle storage for members. 

Map of Coworking Spaces in Chicago

Below is a map of the coworking locations we researched. Take a look to see where each is located. 

 

Other Ways to Cowork in Chicago

These are great alternatives to the coworking locations above.

Coffee Shops: Looking for a coffee shop you can get work done at? One with plenty of outlets, wifi, comfortable seating, and of course delicious treats and coffee? Look no further. 

  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters

  • Limitless Coffee & Tea

  • The Coffee Studio

  • C.C. Ferns

  • Two Zero Three

  • Brü Chicago

Parks: If you need a breath of fresh air or are stuck in a creative rut, be sure to check out these awesome parks.

  • Millennium Park

  • Grant Park

  • Lincoln Park

  • Jackson Park

  • South Shore Cultural Center

  • Burham Park

Spaces with Free Wifi: Also be sure to check out these other spots with free wifi (and maybe learn a thing or two in the process). 

  • The Art Institute of Chicago

  • Museum of Science and Industry

  • The Field Museum

  • United Center

  • Your Alma Mater University if you’re from the Chicago area. They sometimes offer free wifi to the public, but you could pick up a class or two to ensure access, not to mention gain valuable knowledge about your field 

Libraries: Libraries are perfect for those looking for a quiet spot with tons of resources available. 

  • Newberry Library

  • Barnes and Noble

  • Harold Washington Library Center

  • Sulzer Regional Library

8 of the Best Spaces to Cowork in Chicago

Here are our top choices for coworking in Chicago in case you missed it.

  1. WeWork 

  2. Coalition 

  3. Free Range Offices  

  4. Platform Coworking  

  5. Make Offices 

  6. Industrious Offices 

  7. Homiey  

  8. 1871