"This is the culmination of everything we have learned in the last two years," explains Grind co-founder Benjamin Dyett. During that two years, Grind—the members-only workspace and creative community—has provided a New York City location at 419 Park Avenue South for those looking to focus and have the option of networking in between. Grind recently opened their second New York location at 1412 Broadway, and are now expanding west with a new space in Chicago. Situated on North LaSalle Street, Grind's facility steps up the collaborative efforts in a beautifully designed, unique real estate share.
Bright and spacious, their new offering features 22-foot high ceilings—double the height of any other floor in the building. It also happens to be right in the middle of a skyscraper. Dyett notes that while they were exploring many market options, "Chicago made sense as there has been a rapid escalation in entrepreneurship." The team at Grind saw this as an opportunity to further their special community of entrepreneurs, and be able to execute on their desire to build a national network for existing members.
"We take the time to carefully curate membership. We have a broad spectrum of experts who come here to get work done, but are willing to share ideas within the community," Dyett points out. Members come by way of recommendation and Grind applies the seal of approval. "Some people describe us as a work club. Our ethos is about doing the most work, the best work, focusing on that." From desk space to couches, sustainable lights and a clean, modern vibe, Grind delivers flexibility and familiarity.
Grind is celebrating their Chicago space with a launch party this Thursday, 3 October 2013. The gathering will feature many of the city's influencers, as well as their "Grindist" community. Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein will be speaking and there will also be a presentation from Jake Nickell, Founder and CEO of Threadless, on how work is changing.
Images courtesy of Nicole Yeary