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.

Upcoming Events at the Lab

Open Work Day
Thursday. December 1, 2022
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 four 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.

Cease and de-what?
Thursday. December 1, 2022
6 pm

As a game developer, your focus is on making a great game. But the world of The Law is out there, quietly impacting everything that you do. Or...that you should be doing. Even a little bit of legal knowledge can go a long way to keeping you out of long-term trouble. The Chicago Game Lab is pleased to host a presentation by real-life video-game lawyer and Lab member Sam Castree. Sam has been helping indie game developers with their legal needs for nearly a decade. Whether it's business structure, contracts, or intellectual property, come learn about all of the things that you need to know but realistically have no reason to know. Open Q&A to follow.

As of June 17, 2022, we are fully subscribed and do not have any reserved or drop-in desks available.

Join our mailing list to be the first to hear about openings for desks and upcoming events and meetups at the Lab.

Membership Features

All memberships include:

  • Project work space as specified for each membership level

  • Lab community

    • Members-only communication tools and resources

    • Lab After Hours or other events as announced

  • Lab space

    • Lounge space for impromptu conversations and knowledge sharing

    • Kitchen space and equipment, office equipment

  • Lab resources

    • Use of high-speed internet via wifi or wired ethernet

    • Use of shared mailing address (c/o Chicago Game Lab)

Reserved Desks
$250 / month

  • Includes dedicated project work space (one desk plus desk-side storage)

    • Located in a shared office with a lockable door

    • You can leave equipment and items in your office

  • Unlimited days

  • Access 24/7 after getting keys (one-time deposit required)

At this time, we have 0 Reserved Desks available.

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

Drop-in Desks
$150 / month

  • Includes access to “hot seat” shared project work space

    • Tables or desks located inside a shared project area

    • Available daily on a first-come-first-serve basis, except for special events

    • No storage

  • Unlimited days

  • Access during regular work hours, while a manager is present

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

Email 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