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Your Guide to (Co)Working in the Midwest USA

Your Guide to (Co)Working in the Midwest USA

The Midwestern United States is known for its long stretches of grassland and staple crops such as apples, wheat, and potatoes. To many people, the Midwest is simply a super-polite, cheese-mongering section of the U.S. only to be observed from the comforts of a coach seat on a cross-country flight. But if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of your usual US-based remote working hotspots (read: Silicone Valley or New York) then a stop in the Midwest should land on your itinerary; if anything, so you can experience a change of pace and scenery. Spend time in any one of these great states and you will soon realize how flourishing the region really is. 

So whether you’re just passing through or staying for a while, there are a number of coworking spaces in the area that you can visit while on your Digital Nomad journey.

Illinois

The Shift - Chicago, Illinois
The Shift provides a convenient, local workspace for individuals, teams, and small businesses with all the productivity-boosting amenities of a downtown office. With a full calendar of small business classes and professional development workshops, plus a vibrant community of innovative, driven professionals from a range of industries - The Shift is the perfect community coworking space to be more productive, get things done, and get connected.

Amenities: Individual desks, group work tables, white boards, private meeting rooms, free social media promotion of your company, Wi-Fi, games, yoga mats, plus a community kitchen with free gourmet coffee

$160 per month.

Platform Coworking - Ravenswood & Wicker Park, Illinois

Maybe you are looking for a convenient and secluded fully furnished private suite with a door, or a quiet office space tucked away in one of Chicago's most vibrant and dynamic neighborhoods. If so, Platform Coworking has just the right balance for you. They offer a variety of environments for every work style and budget. It is the modern approach to the daily grind full of thinkers, builders, and doers.

Amenities: Secured entry with 24/7 access, all utilities & basic maintenance included, printing, wired and wireless high-speed internet, fully equipped conference room, outdoor patio, mail service, and free coffee

Starting at $225 monthly, or $26/day

Creative Coworking - Evanston & Edgewater, Illinois

Creative Coworking is a professional coworking space for grad students, entrepreneurs, and creatives who want round-the-clock access to a collaborative energy. Like the original Creative Coworking space at Evanston, the new Colvin House coworking space in Edgewater will double as a local art gallery. Unique offerings include designated quiet zones, natural lighting, and interns for hire. 

Amenities: 24/7 access 7 days a week, flexible membership, conference rooms, and complimentary printing, scanning, faxing, coffee, and snacks. 

Offers a variety of flexible options starting at $50/month

Michigan


Bamboo Detroit - Detroit, Michigan

 Bamboo Detroit

Bamboo Detroit

Bamboo’s Private Offices provide you with the simplicity of all-inclusive pricing so you can focus on your work. The environment is a clean and modern design. Offices come in frosted glass and more fully private options. This Detroit private office is fully furnished and ready to help you grow. Relax, plug in, and get to work with people who want to see you succeed.

Amenities: coffee, Downtown mail services, Rocket Fiber's business Gigabit Internet, conference rooms, event space access, kitchen area, and events and workshops. 

Coworking day passes cost $20/day

654 Work Cottage - Grand Rapids, Michigan
This super-cute Michigan cottage looks like a house from the outside, but on the inside; it’s a great place for co-workers to find their focus and get some work done. 654 really takes advantage of its homey feel, featuring a rotating gallery of work by local artists for visitors and coworkers to enjoy, and opening up workspaces including the porch, living room, phone booth, study, den and even the garage.

Amenities: Coffee, conference room, parking, phone line, private areas, shared printer, and Wi-Fi.

Get 5 visits for $75 or purchase a monthly (30 day) pass for $150.

Blue 35 - Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Blue35 coworking space connects members and guests with workspace solutions for a day – or a year. There are multiple floors full of desks, meeting spaces, and conference rooms; not to mention a rooftop deck. The central location of this Michigan coworking space also makes it a great choice for small conferences, strategy sessions, team trainings and special events.

Amenities: Dedicated workspace, utilities, Wi-Fi, access to technology, coffee, water, keycard access, use of the rooftop deck (available for private functions as well), copy, fax, scan, programming/networking events, catering assistance, conference space, and it is a full-service office

Missouri

Nebula Coworking - St. Louis, Missouri

Fiber Internet meets Fido in this pet-friendly workspace. And when they say pet-friendly, they mean it. The vending machine is stocked with dog bones. No, seriously. 'Nebulites' call their 25,000 square foot space an “unconventional workspace for the unconventionally employed”. But don’t let the playful attitude, pool hall or pinball machine fool you into thinking this is a casual hangout spot. You’ll find political activists, an indie record label and real estate revitalization companies among the multitude of members.

Amenities: Lockable bike storage, mail service, 24/7 secure key-card access, kitchenette, off-street parking, free coffee, lockable storage, Fiber internet, copy center, and free printing

Drop-in membership is $125/month.

Ohio

OSC TechLab - Akron, Ohio
OSC Tech Lab is a platform for creators. This lab provides coworking spaces and services necessary for Akron's freelancers and startups to flourish. The guest list includes freelancers, designers, startup founders, marketers, writers, developers, and anyone else who is interested in joining a unique and creative community.

Amenities: Wi-Fi, high-speed internet, print/scan/copy center, lounges, office supplies, presentation equipment, event facilities, administrative support and free coffee and tea

Get 10 days per month for $100 or unlimited monthly access for $200/month.

Minnesota

COCO Minneapolis - Minneapolis, Minnesota

 COCO Minneapolis

COCO Minneapolis

Be productive and inspired at COCO’s in Downtown Minneapolis, located on the historic trading floor of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. With unique meeting spaces and an eclectic buzz inspired from past eras, this coworking space is designed to meet the needs of growing small businesses and entrepreneurs. They hold regular workshops and social events encourage team engagement. COCO is also one of ten Google for Entrepreneurs tech hubs in North America.

Amenities: Private lockable suites for groups of 2 to 14, semi-private suites, dedicated desks for individuals, meeting rooms, 1GB fiber internet, unlimited coffee and tea, complimentary guest access, phone booths, wireless printing and scanning, member-only networking and community events, notary services, add-on mailbox and locker services, full kitchen, a Mother’s Room, secure indoor bike parking and repair center, fitness center with showers and lockers, parking, and USPS office and UPS drop box in the building

Day passes are available for $50/day or purchase monthly plans starting at $99/month.

Nebraska

Cali Commons - Omaha, Nebraska
A quirky mixture of art gallery and coworking space, Cali Commons was born slightly on accident. Previously the site of an old grocery store, founders Luke and Molly decided that Omaha needed a coworking space. The space is a supportive environment for budding artists, entrepreneurs, and individuals of all kinds. The building regularly switches out the artwork on the walls of the space and hosts art shows and events great for mingling and networking.

A private office will run you $300 per month while a desk in the open coworking space will be $125 per month.

FUSE Coworking - Lincoln, Nebraska

FUSE Coworking gives people a place to enjoy working. On top of meeting the physical demands of a great space, FUSE immerses coworkers in a culture where people can bounce ideas off others, learn from other businesses' experiences and put their brains together to form unique solutions. FUSE gives startups, entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, freelancers and telecommuters a place to call their work home.

Amenities: Flexible plans from hot-desks all the way to your own private room or office, meeting rooms, social events, lectures, workshops, and tech training, Wi-Fi, and free coffee

Get four (4) day passes for $50 or unlimited hot desking for $150/month.

Indiana

The Speak Easy - Indianapolis, Indiana

Unlike many other coworking spaces, Indianapolis’ The Speak Easy offers coworking space to already formed and successful businesses and groups in the area. Businesses and entrepreneurs have gathered at The Speak Easy at all stages of the businesses, to share, grow and work during the day, and to hang out at night for speakers, events and discussions. This coworking space is dedicated to bringing people together to learn from, listen to, and benefit one another. Members come from a range of industries representing established businesses with entrepreneurial roots, and new and innovative startups, alike.

Amenities: Common spaces, conference rooms, blazing fast Wi-Fi, secured monitored access, entrepreneurial-focused programming and semi-regular events, and cold beer on tap.

MatchBOX - Lafayette, Indiana

 MatchBOX

MatchBOX

A self-described “home for the creative class”, MatchBOX is a place for people to work if they don’t have a place to work. They are really into the industrial vibe and the space is part coffee shop, part office park, part old garage. MatchBOX welcomes moonlighting entrepreneurs, hobbyists, professional nomads, developers, designers, strategists, artisans, writers, makers and change-makers alike.

Amenities: 24-hour secure access, conference rooms, the fastest internet in town, and an unlimited supply of coffee and snacks

$10/day for a shared space or $20/day for a reserved desk.

Kansas

The Labor Party - Wichita, Kansas
The Labor Party is Wichita's premier coworking space; a simple idea that startups, creative freelancers, independent professionals or small companies can work together under the same roof to focus, meet with clients away from home or the coffee shop, receive mail and deliveries, and interact with other like-minded people, and build a community.

Amenities: 24/7 Access to open desk and lounge work seating, Wi-Fi, meeting spaces, printing, mail address, a kitchen, cleaning service, and delicious coffee

A day pass will cost $20/day or pay $75/month for an open desk.

Iowa

Springboard Coworking - Sioux City, Iowa

Springboard Coworking is an affordable and functional option for people who are looking to become a part of the sharing economy and use office space more efficiently. Free-working independent professionals can touchdown, connect with resources, and best of all, connect with people. Located in the heart of downtown Sioux City, they’re close to legal, professional and government offices.

Amenities: Wi-Fi, two (2) conference rooms, printer (limited access), bike storage, postal service, kitchenette, spacious common area, organic coffee (roasted on site), water & tea, office attached to the skywalk, dog-friendly.

Drop in for $10/day or $50/month.

Gravitate Coworking - Des Moines, Iowa

 Gravitate Coworking

Gravitate Coworking

Gravitate is a community of more than 1,000 people who care about innovation in Iowa. They’re a workplace community for entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers, startup team members and others who enjoy working independently but don't want to work alone. Their mission: Work better. Work together.

Amenities: A seat in the Google Bullpen, screaming fast internet, conference room, postal services, free coffee, use of the refrigerator, microwave and more in the Cafe, whiteboards, printers, shredding services, and an annual Member t-shirt.

Day passes start at $10/day and coworking membership at $75/month.

MERGE + IC CoLab - Iowa City & North Liberty, Iowa

MERGE Innovation Space, an expansion of the IC CoLab, is designed to create and cultivate a knowledge ecosystem for entrepreneurs and startups, offering vital resources and connections to successfully create, launch and grow new companies in Iowa’s Creative Corridor.

Amenities: ProtoStudios-a state-of-the-art, rapid-prototyping facility, 24-hour access, benches, dedicated offices, conference rooms, large training room, business resources, community events, 3D printing, Wi-Fi powered by ImOn, and free coffee

Plans start from $15/day.

Wisconsin

100state - Madison, Wisconsin

100state’s mission is to create a community and home for problem­ solvers, creatives, and entrepreneurs. They are a cоwоrking community that provides a shared working space equipped with desks, сhаirѕ, printing ѕtаtiоns, private offices, meeting rooms, and internet. Members of the community work independently, together. Nearing 300 members, 100state is Wisconsin’s largest coworking community and is dedicated to providing education resources, events, mentorship, and more to the Madison area business and arts communities.

Amenities: Receive mail at 100state’s address, workshops, brainstorming, social events, mentoring, entrepreneurial know-how, fitness gym & shower rooms, free coffee, free beer, free printing/copying, phone booths, and high-speed Wi-Fi

Pro membership starts at $150/month

Horizon Coworking - Madison, Wisconsin

Horizon is a study hall for grownups, a place where people get to work and stay focused. It’s an instant in-office solution with a range of workspace configurations. They have a have a proven history of connecting members and startup teams to what their ventures need.

Amenities: Two (2) Great Meeting Rooms with large flat screen displays, whiteboards, and microphones, two (2) phone booths and two (2) printers, even two (2) couches, Internet via SupraNet Gigabit fiber - over ethernet & Wi-Fi, comfortable areas to work, relax, eat, and chat, sitting and standing work surfaces, kitchenette, and commuter shower.

Weekly shared desks start at $70/month.

North Dakota

Prairie Den - Fargo, North Dakota

Step inside “the Den” and you’ll see some members working hard at individual desks, while others chat together, scribbling ideas on the whiteboard walls. These folks are everyone from entrepreneurs to developers to artists to accountants to non-profits. 

Amenities: Art, free coffee and tea, free printing, scanning, copying, wooden standing desks, single desks and group work tables, awesomely fast (gigabit) internet, dual monitors, a multi-use printer machine, conference room, whiteboards, full kitchen, and 24-hour access. 

Day passes start at $15/day and coworking membership at $75/month.

South Dakota

The Garage - Rapid City, South Dakota

The Garage is a collaborative coworking space in Downtown Rapid City for small businesses, nonprofits, and freelance creatives. But it is so much more. Here, their members make the community better through innovative ideas and a personal drive to do good.

Amenities: Dedicated office with door for one person, USPS mailbox service, conference room for up to 10 hours per month, scheduled at any time, access to kitchen area, use of refrigerator, ability to rent space, wired and Wi-Fi access, bottomless coffee, 24/7 access, use of community bicycles, use of whiteboard and markers, access to educational programming and networking events, exclusive pre-sale opportunities, and the opportunity to collaborate with some super cool people in a super cool downtown historic building.

Weekly and daily coworking membership starting at $10.59


 

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