Chicago Game Lab

About The Lab

The Chicago Game Lab is a members-driven community for project work and collaboration with special focus on game development and creative and technical disciplines. Our goal is to provide a unique project space that can lead to information sharing, serendipitous conversations, and building new connections across projects and disciplines. 

Click here to see some of the current Lab members.

Upcoming Events at the Lab

Open Work Day
Thursday, June 6, 2024
10 am - 6 pm

Grab your laptop and come join us for a free, open work day at the Chicago Game Lab! The first Thursday of each month, we'll have up to five spots available for anyone working in games or adjacent fields to come by and work for the day. We've got fast WiFi, lots of coffee and a great lunchtime crowd of Chicago game devs and other creatives.

Sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive the registration link.

Billy Basso: Animal Well Postmortem
Saturday, June 29, 2024
2 pm

Join us in a postmortem with Billy Basso as we reflect on his 7 year journey with Animal Well. More about Animal Well and Billy: 

Animal Well is solo-developed by Billy Basso, and began development as a nights and weekends passion project in 2017. The initial inspiration was to see if it were possible to take mechanics from survival horror games and transplant them into a different genre. There was also a desire to create a game that is not dependent on updates or a network connection, but is instead pre-loaded with secrets that may take years to uncover -- giving you a reason to return to it after it's been sitting on your shelf. This can also be viewed as a reaction to the increasing trend of modern games becoming more ephemeral and disposable. This is Billy Basso's first independent release. 

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Open Work Day
Thursday, July 11, 2024
10 am - 6 pm

Grab your laptop and come join us for a free, open work day at the Chicago Game Lab! The first Thursday of each month, we'll have up to five spots available for anyone working in games or adjacent fields to come by and work for the day. We've got fast WiFi, lots of coffee and a great lunchtime crowd of Chicago game devs and other creatives.

Sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive the registration link.

Membership Features

As of April 8, 2024, we do not have any available desks.

All memberships include:

Reserved Desks
$325 / month

At this time, we have 0 Reserved Desks available.

Email information@chicagogamelab.com if you would like to be placed on the wait list for Reserved Desks.

Drop-in Desks
$210 / month

At this time, we have 0 Drop-in Desks available.

Email information@chicagogamelab.com if you would like to be placed on the wait list for Drop-In Desks. 

The Lab is located in North Center in Chicago, near the intersection of Irving Park Road with Lincoln and Damen Avenues. Easy street parking is available on permit-free side streets south of Irving Park Road. It's a short walk to the Irving Park stop on the CTA Brown Line and the 80 Irving Park and 50 Damen CTA buses stop at the corner. 

If you would like more information or to schedule a trial work day, please contact information@chicagogamelab.com.