The Rapidly Growing Chicago and LA Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

Matt and I were on the FeedBurner board together and he’s got a powerful connection between LA and Chicago – another city with an incredibly thriving startup community. Troy reminded me about the Chicago Venture Summit , which is coming up on 10/14 and 10/15.

Intrapreneurship Chicago 2016

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

So, you may be surprised when I bend over backwards to promote Intrapreneurship Chicago 2016. Chicago area innovators and intrapreneurs, take note. If you’re in the Chicago area you wouldn’t even need a hotel room.

Take Action Chicago: Chicago Fair Trade

The Startup Magazine

Click here to sign-up for future Take Action Chicago updates! Meet our friends at Chicago Fair Trade. Chicago Fair Trade believes that consumers in the Chicagoland area play a huge role in the global economy. Chicago Fair Trade | Pop-Up Shop. Take Action Chicago

TechStars Chicago Applications Are Now Open

Feld Thoughts

TechStars Chicago applications are now open. You didn’t know there was a TechStars Chicago? Last night I was in Chicago at 1871 , the amazing 50,000 square foot co-working space in the Chicago Merchandise Mart that has become the convening spot for the digital economy in Chicago and the home of Excelerate Labs. He spent a bunch of time with me and David and suggested we start a TechStars Chicago. Excelerate Labs is now TechStars Chicago.

The Upcoming Weekend With My Dad In Chicago

Feld Thoughts

This year we are going to Chicago – I’m heading out in about an hour. I think Chicago will be perfect for us. The post The Upcoming Weekend With My Dad In Chicago appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Personal Chicago cubs father jeff hyman son stan feld troy henikoff

Book #29: On to Chicago

Jeff Hilimire

Each book is ranked on a 5-star scale (5 is best). ** On to Chicago: Rediscovering Robert F. Amazon’s description: “So my thanks to all of you, and now it’s on to Chicago—and let’s win there.”. The post Book #29: On to Chicago appeared first on Begin the Begin.

Chicago Housing Bubble


Love this stuff, always a great economic indicator - "Sales activity in the Chicago area reached a new record high, hitting 52,239 units for the first half of the year, the most since 2006 and 9% higher than during the first half of 2014, according to data from RE/MAX. “We’re Chicago

12 Terrific Coworking Spaces in Chicago

crowdSPRING Blog

If the number of coworking spaces in a city is is any indication of its entrepreneurial health, Chicago is firing on all cylinders. Resources Start ups chicago community coworking creative entrepreneur inspiration leadership startups

How Rahm Emanuel Made Chicago Thrive

Inc Startups

The best big-city mayor in the country shocked the Windy City by announcing that he won't run for a third term. The business community is losing a gamechanger. Great Leaders

Elon Musk's Boring Company Will Get Travelers to the Chicago Airport at 100 Miles an Hour

Inc Startups

The vehicles will transport travelers from downtown Chicago to O'Hare in 12 minutes.

CHICAGO WEEK EASY THURSDAY: Wishing You Were Here by Chicago - I.

Mark Birch

CHICAGO WEEK EASY THURSDAY: Wishing You Were Here by Chicago - I really could not go a week of music from Chicago without playing something from the namesake band. I do not know a lot about Chicago, but I do know the song Wishing You Were Here pretty well. It was actually the inspiration to do a week of bands from Chicago when I heard it recently on the radio. Chicago Wishing You Were Here jazz fusion adult contemporary Chicago VII

Italian-American Restaurant Serving Uniquely Made Food in Chicago


Franco Francese the owner of Mattone Restaurant and Bar , an Italian-American restaurant, located in the Chicago suburbs knows that too well. Besides a great taste, quality of food served matters a lot. The restaurant was once owned by his father where Franco has been in the business his entire life. We had a chance to interview Franco Francese and asked about his story, how he started his business and the future of Mattone Restaurant and Bar. Tell us your story.

Why Chicago Will Be the Next Silicon Valley Tech Hub

Inc Startups

A look at why the Valley is losing its mojo and how Chicago might take it over as the center for innovation. Innovate

Chicago Cubs Owner Compares Selling Bottles With Business of Baseball

Inc Startups

Chicago Cubs minority owner Andrew Berlin provides tips surrounding the success of his packaging business

How An Inspirational Insurance Company Is Empowering Underserved Populations in Chicago

Inc Startups

How An Inspirational Insurance Company Is Empowering Underserved Populations in Chicago. Work-Life Balance

Harvard: Why Do Danish Mothers Earn Less? University of Chicago: It's the Productivity, Stupid.

Inc Startups

A University of Chicago Study of workers in Denmark sheds some light on pay disparities. HR/Benefits

CHICAGO WEEK 80’S TUESDAY: Cables by Big Black - There.

Mark Birch

CHICAGO WEEK 80’S TUESDAY: Cables by Big Black - There might have been a pop scene in Chicago in the 80’s, but the scene that was really flourishing was hardcore followed soon after by alternative. And in those early years as hardcore was taking hold in hotbeds like LA and DC and NYC, one Chicago band started to gain a following everywhere else but Chicago. Big Black Cables The Hammer Party noise rock alternative 80''s Tuesday Chicago Steve Albini

Here's How Chicago Can Keep Its Top Tech Talent From Leaving for Other Cities

Inc Startups

Chicago is one of the few cities with a decreasing population. Here's why picking a fight with cities like New York, LA and San Francisco might help. Innovate

This CEO Believes The Artificial Intelligence Revolution Will be Led From Chicago. He Could Be Right

Inc Startups

Stuart Frankel, CEO of Narrative science on building his company in Chicago and his view on the future of the commercialized Artificial Intelligence.

CHICAGO WEEK PUNK WEDNESDAY: Rat Patrol by Naked Raygun -.

Mark Birch

CHICAGO WEEK PUNK WEDNESDAY: Rat Patrol by Naked Raygun - Sometimes I just sit back as my mind is blown apart with a torrent of sound. That is what it has been like to dig into 80’s Chicago hardcore band Naked Raygun. Naked Raygun Rat Patrol Throb Throb hardcore punk Chicago I knew nothing of their music prior to this week, and now I cannot stop playing them.

Table Host – Chicago’s New Premium Dining Concierge Service


Scoring a premium table in a vaunted restaurant in Chicago’s dining scene – one of the most vibrant in the United States – can be a daunting task. Ideaspotting Chicago concierge service dining reservation Table Host

Is Google's Flagship Retail Store Coming to Chicago?

Inc Startups

With so many hardware products to sell, a bricks-and-mortar store just makes sense.

How Chicago Can Steal Tech Talent

Inc Startups

Instead of battling each other for the code kids our industry covets, Chicago firms need to team up a little more to lure the natives back from the coasts

How Chicago Is Transforming Itself Into an Entrepreneur's Paradise

Inc Startups

Live Iconic panel in Chicago that the city has transformed into a hotbed of entrepreneurship. Three of the Windy City's most prominent businessmen -- Jeff Malehorn, J.B. Pritzker, and Howard Tullman -- said during the Inc.

Over 100 Companies in Chicago Have Breakneck Growth. Here Are the Top 10

Inc Startups

More than 100 Windy City companies made the Inc. 5000 list this year. These 10 were at the top.

5 Antiquated Industries Being Disrupted by Chicago Tech

Inc Startups

These five Chicago tech companies are shaking up and disturbing the success of some industries

Forget The Chicago Cubs. It's The Cleveland Indians Who Have The Big Lesson For You

Inc Startups

The Chicago Cubs management can go on speaking tours for the rest of their lives now. But it's the Indians who can really teach you something

CHICAGO BLUES REVIEW: I Can’t Quit the Blues by Buddy Guy.

Mark Birch

CHICAGO BLUES REVIEW: I Can’t Quit the Blues by Buddy Guy - When Chicago and music come to mind, it is the blues they often mention. If there is one thing NYC could be jealous of Chicago for, it is definitely blues music and legends like Buddy Guy. Buddy Guy I Can''t Quit The Blues A Man and the Blues blues Chicago That big, brash, loud electric style with its horns and guitars and smoky clubs and big personalities put a huge stamp on the world of blues.

Top 10 Fastest-Growing Private Companies In Chicago

Inc Startups

Together, these 10 firms brought in nearly $200 million in 2015 sales

McDonald's HQ Moves to Oprah's Old Offices in Chicago

Inc Startups

The fast-food chain moves back to downtown Chicago after more than 40 yearsand leases the space where the "Oprah Winfrey Show" was filmed

Drink mas? Taco Bell to serve alcohol at Chicago location

Inc Startups

Taco Bell says it will serve beer, wine and "mixed alcohol freezes" at a new location set to open in Chicago this summer

A Chicago Entrepreneur's Plan to Help 50,000 Homeless by 2017

Inc Startups

To make a backpack that would actually improve the lives of Chicago's homeless, Ron Kaplan turned to focus groups and creative design. The result: a product that's a hit with its target market

The Ups and Downs of Doing Business in Chicago

Inc Startups

Some of the biggest names in the Windy City's business community discussed why Chicago is a great place to start up--as well as where it stands to improve--at Inc. and CNBC's iCONIC conference on Tuesday

How Chicago's Weirdest Bookstore Keeps Its Edge

Inc Startups

While its surroundings go mainstream, Quimby's Bookstore remains a haven for a clientele that prefers its reading material extra strange

Top 10 Lessons From Iconic: Chicago

Inc Startups

Among the highlights from the event, co-produced by Inc. and CNBC: Values matter. Hard work is back in fashion. And, of course, Sharknado 3

CHICAGO WEEK COVER FRIDAY: Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon by.

Mark Birch

CHICAGO WEEK COVER FRIDAY: Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon by Urge Overkill (Neil Diamond cover) - I learned something new this week, that this band was actually from Chicago. Urge Overkill Girl You''ll Be a Woman Soon Stull Cover Friday Chicago Urge Overkill started at Northwestern in 1985 with Nash Kato and Eddie Roeser.

Inside Chicago's Start-up High School

Inc Startups

There’s a 3-year-old inner-city high school in Chicago—filled mostly with poor African American youth—grooming students who know how to think, act, and speak like entrepreneurs. Yet enrollment in the Chicago Tech Academy is highly coveted.

Innovate Where You Are — and With Who You Have

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Existing incubators like 1871 in Chicago , or the Idea Center at Notre Dame are examples where you can rent space for a short term period. For a day or two off-site consider spaces like Catalyst Ranch (Chicago). Off-Site Innovation can indeed spur creativity.

How This Salt Company Helped Chicago Beat an Historic Blizzard

Inc Startups

Between 2011 and 2014, Tony Johnson, 44, transformed Batavia, Illinois's Midwest Salt from a small water-softening company to a major distributor of road salt in Chicagoland and beyond. When the snow

Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS) Opens Operations in Chicago

Early Growth Financial Services

Outsourced financial services firm launches in Chicago to support local startups, small, and mid-sized businesses. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 Chicago-based small businesses can now access a full suite of outsourced financial services from small business financial experts, Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS). As EGFS increases the reach of their nationwide expansion, they are pleased to announce the addition of Chicago as one of their hubs.

How the Chicago Bulls Are Making Digital Strategy a Priority for Growth

Inc Startups

The Bulls say that Snapchat has an importance that defies the numbers they see on the platform. Social Media Toolkit

United Airlines Sends Rapper's Dog To Chicago (He Was Going To Burbank)

Inc Startups

Schoolboy Q ends up with the wrong dog. Schoolboy error? Secrets of the Inspired Traveler

NYC and Chicago Information + Q&A Sessions

Bryce Dot VC

So, I’ve lined up dates in NYC and Chicago. Chicago will be a brown bag lunch session next Friday @ Basecamp HQ. I’m heading back east next week and thought it might make sense to host a couple informal sessions where I could give a bit more of the backstory on and where those who’re interested in participating could ask questions. NYC will be next Wed evening @ Kickstarter HQ. RSVP here. RSVP here. These will be very informal and free form sessions.