Community Members

The Polsky Center works to foster an innovative community of individuals who propel our culture of innovation to benefit our city and cities around the world. Membership is open to neighborhood entrepreneurs and anyone else interested in working to build, innovate, grow, accelerate, and create.

Community Impact
The Polsky Center works closely with the regional business community and local partners to help support ventures that add value to the local economy. View some of our initiatives

Polsky Exchange
The Polsky Exchange, located on 53rd Street in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, fosters innovation and commercialization through 34,000 square feet of shared co-working space, a state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab, and a full calendar of programming and workshops designed to help entrepreneurs translate their ideas into businesses. We incubate 10-20 start-ups at a time, and more than 2,500 members utilize our co-working space, gathering places, and meeting rooms. Learn more

Our connections to UChicago and our partners give you access to a wide variety of programs, events, challenges, speakers and more that can help you events, workshops, speakers, panels, challenges, and more. Find an event

Become a Polsky Exchange Member
Polsky Exchange members may have operational businesses, a business idea, or simply be looking to join a start-up team and jump into the UChicago Innovation entrepreneurial community. Polsky Exchange members are part of a greater network of individuals enthusiastic about start-ups. Become a member today

Fab Lab Maker Space
Sometimes you need to turn your idea into a physical object to share it, test it, and perfect it. Our digital fabrication lab provides Polsky Exchange members with access to the tools you need to translate between digital and physical design. Polsky Exchange members are able to create models or prototypes, and more out of virtually any material, utilizing computer-numerical controlled (CNC) mills, 3D printers, spray booths, and other tools available in the lab. Learn more

Tour the Polsky Exchange
Are you interested in visiting the Polsky Exchange? Come see the space, learn about membership options, and meet members of the Polsky Exchange team during our regular business hours. Find a tour