1871 Chicago, the new shared work space for high-tech entrepreneurs at the Merchandise Mart, celebrated its grand opening yesterday with the announcement that more than 140 people from 65 local start-ups have already moved in.
A team of Jones Lang LaSalle professionals led by Managing Director Jack Keenan is serving as 1871′s strategic real estate advisors. They helped the 1871 locate the space, negotiate a lease and build out the space to their specifications. JLL is also serving as facility manager.
Last week, the full JLL Chicago team hosted more than 150 clients and guests during an invite-only cocktail party at the space that was featured a sepcial appreance and remarks from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
Quinn (at left told those in there that the digital/high-tech sector is an increasingly important component of the Illinois economy. Nurtuting the tech sector, he said, is a key priority for the state as leaders look for ways to attract new jobs, new corporate investment and a younger, more educated workforce.