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Polsky Exchange

Polsky Exchange

Due to the pandemic, the Polsky Exchange is currently closed and a reopening date has not yet been determined. Please refer to this website for details related to campus reopening.


Operated by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Polsky Exchange is a 34,000 square foot startup hub featuring 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 and technologies into startups.

Located on 53rd Street in Chicago’s vibrant, Hyde Park neighborhood, the Polsky Exchange acts as headquarters for thousands of startups, including the 15-20 companies accepted into the Polsky Incubator. More than 3,200+ members have access to a full suite of resources and activities offered at the Polsky Exchange. Membership is free to all UChicago faculty, staff, and students.  Additionally, community-based entrepreneurs with no affiliation to the University of Chicago can become a member for a nominal monthly fee.

The Numbers:


Square feet of co-working space


Startups accepted into the Polsky Incubator




Events per year

Upcoming Events

Join us to learn critical skills for starting your own business and networking with fellow entrepreneurs.

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Come Check Us Out!

Interested in seeing the space? Tours of the Polsky Exchange are available throughout the year to check out the space, discuss membership options, and meet members of the Polsky Center team.

Where to find us


The Polsky Exchange has two spaces located on 53rd Street in Chicago’s vibrant Hyde Park neighborhood. Additionally, the IT Services Polsky TechBar is located in the cafe area of the Polsky Exchange North.



Polsky Exchange North
Polsky Exchange North

1452 East 53rd Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60615


Open 7 days per week, 7 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Phone: 773-702-2076

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Polsky Exchange South / Fab Lab
Polsky Exchange South / Fab Lab

1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60615


Co-working space:
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Phone: 773-795-0075

Fab Lab:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday,
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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