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

Summer Talk Series by Ian Horswill, Northwestern University
Introduction to Declarative Programming in Game Development
Wednesday, July 10, 2024
6 pm

Click here for a full description of the series.

Writing software typically means telling the computer exactly what steps to take - and then when we change our minds (as we often do in game development), rewriting those steps, over and over again. But what if we didn't have to? What if we could tell the computer what end result we want, and have it figure out the rest?

Declarative programming is a family of classic AI techniques for doing just that. Declarative programs specify what a solution to the problem would look like, rather than how to find one, and this description is then fed to a very general algorithm (a “solver”) that can solve a wide range of problems given their descriptions. Constraint programming, logic programming, and automated planning are all examples of declarative programming.

Talk 1: 

Constraint programming. Introduction to constraint solvers, a classic tool for PCG. 

We will discuss how various games use constraint solvers (for example: wave function collapse) and their characteristics. 

Demo: Imaginarium.

Speaker:
Ian Horswill is an AI researcher and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University.  He develops game AI tools and techniques for developers and researchers alike. His recent work includes TED, a logic programming language for large scale simulation, and Step, a highly expressive text generation language.

Registration opens June 25.

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.

Open Work Day
Thursday, August 8, 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.