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.
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