1871 is Chicago's entrepreneurial hub for digital startups.
Smart Chicago was a founding tenant of 1871, the only civic tech organization with seats there when it opened in May 2012. Our founding tenancy was the result of more than a year of discussions with 1871 leadership and our founding partners— The City of Chicago, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Chicago Community Trust.
Smart Chicago left 1871 in January 2016. Here's a look at some of our shared work:
We've offered seats to "small companies, civic leaders, and community members who are interested in building software using city, county, and state data to improve lives and build businesses" through our Developer Resources program from the start. This program allowed the innovative and popular Open Gov Hack Night to move to 1871 when it opened. Derek Eder of Open City Apps and his fellow organizers have done an amazing job of growing it into the most vibrant weekly civic hacking event in the nation.
Smart Chicago has continued to build our presence at 1871, and we now have 6 seats. Here's the current lineup of 1871 members hosted by Smart Chicago: