GRAND BOULEVARD — Bronzeville professionals and creatives will have a spot to call home when co-working space Hatch 41 opens Friday.
Owner Stephen Mitchell said the idea for the business at 4131 S. State St. is to provide another safe, affordable option for South Side workers. While co-working spaces are plentiful further north, Hatch 41 will be only the second Black-owned spot in the area, joining the Bronzeville Incubator in nearby Washington Park.
“I have a lot of friends who are entrepreneurs, creatives that are working in tech and corporate America. … They wanted a change of scenery, a place to work without the distractions of home or the neighborhood coffee shop,” said Mitchell, a lawyer. “The goal is to make Bronzeville a place where we can all work, live and play.”
Hatch 41 shares a building with Omni Ecosystems, a green infrastructure company, and 13th Flow, a neighborhood gym that opened in 2019.
Hatch 41’s lush greenery— there’s a 30-foot palm tree named Monty — clean design and artwork, including pieces from Mitchell’s private collection, provide a comfortable backdrop for workers looking for peace and quiet. Members can grab one of 60 seats or book the conference room for meetings.
Mitchell hopes to expand membership benefits to include programs that would be fun and informative, whether it’s a fireside chat with a marketing professional or a wine tasting.
Membership starts at $150 a month, which comes with two hours of conference rental, wifi, access to the “business class” printing facility and a mailing address for budding entrepreneurs in need of a home base. Donations through the Hatch Development Chicago nonprofit helps to keep membership costs down.
Mitchell is hosting a grand opening 6-8 p.m. Friday.
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