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Jim: The Second City, Chicago’s famous improv comedy club that’s helped launch the careers of actors like Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Dan Aykroyd, is launching a co-working space.

Katherine: The nearly 60-year-old comedy theatre and training center announced it will provide flexible workspace options to the public. People will be able to work out of The Second City’s newly expanded Training Center facility, and can access the space from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, beginning on September 18.

The Second City is launching the initiative with Deskpass, the Chicago-based co-working subscription startup that lets people work at different offices across the city, and with Coworkaholic, an online hub and resource for co-working news.

Jim: Second City jumping on the co-working train is yet another sign that shared workspaces are here to stay. There are nearly 100 co-working spaces throughout Chicago, from 1871, to Blue1647, to even the offices at Cards Against Humanity. The trend of shared office space has taken off across the globe in recent years, and roughly 1.2M people worldwide will have worked in a co-working space by the end of 2017. WeWork, the largest co-working player in the industry, just raised a massive new $4.4B funding round, valuing the company at close to $20B.

If you’ve gotta get some work done, and want to avoid a noisy coffee shop, there are worse places to hunker down than at one of Chicago’s most iconic spaces.

Read More: The Second City, Chicago’s Iconic Comedy Theatre, Joins the Co-Working Trend

Jim: Apple held its big ol’ iPhone event today, and The Verge has a nice rundown on all the big announcements: iPhone X (edge-to-edge screen, Face ID, no home button), iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (faster processors, True Tone display, better cameras), wireless charging, and more.

Katherine: Speaking of Apple, the company said today during its event that its new Chicago store on Michigan Avenue will open October 20. The space cost $62M to build.

Jim: Chicago lifestyle startups Bucketfeet and Threadless have partnered to bring Threadless designs to Bucketfeet shoes. The two companies are also neighbors, both working out of the same building in the West Loop.


Jim: Hardik Bhatt, the former CIO for the State of Illinois, is leaving his government position for a job at Amazon. Bhatt joined Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration in 2015.

Katherine: Groupon announced today that it has named Jennifer Carr-Smith as its senior VP, General Manager of North America Local. Carr-Smith was previously the president at Chicago online grocer Peapod, and before that was the COO of J. Crew’s online business.

TOMORROW: Check out the AI Startups in Marketing and Advertising event at 1871.

THURSDAY: Hit up the ITA CityLights Awards. 

FRIDAY: Don’t miss the FWD Collective Summit. 

More on these events and other great tech networking opportunities in our Inno Approved.

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Katherine: The skeptics were right. The new iPhone X will retail for $999 and there’s no home button. These are big changes. I’m not sure I’m ready. Are you ready, Jim?

Jim: Like I said yesterday, the iPhone 8 is going to be more my speed. BUT, one huge improvement (for me) is that the iPhone X’s batter last two hours longer than the iPhone 7.

The two improvements I always want when these Apple announcements roll out: Can you keep my phone charged longer, and can you make sure it doesn’t shatter to pieces when it drops.

Katherine: The Chicago Venture Summit begins tomorrow and I’m actually really excited for it. It’ll be my first time attending the two-day event and I’m pumped to see the city’s major tech players all in one place. I’m also eager to see Google’s office in the West Loop. Hoping it lives up to the hype.

Jim: ALSO: I’ll be moderating a panel at the Venture Summit on Thursday about how Chicago is a top startup city for return on investment. Check it out if you’re around.

From Jim’s story on Peapod President Jennifer Carr-Smith joining Groupon.

“The opportunity and momentum at Groupon are tremendous. They’ve built an amazing local marketplace and—more importantly—a very talented team that’s committed to bringing real value to customers, small businesses and the communities around them.”

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