5 Drop-in Work Spaces When You Want a Break from the House

While many parents struggle with working from home over the past year with e-learning and keeping kids entertained, sometimes you need a break.

Co-working spaces are not a new concept, but many of them have have popped up all over town, providing great drop-in options to change up your WFH game. Here are some spaces to check out in Chicagoland.


Billed as a place that delivers all of the perks of an office experience with none of the BS, LoganSquarist named Ampersand Logan Square’s best place to work. The coworking space features super-fast WiFi, ergonomic chairs, privacy booths and unlimited coffee, tea and snacks. When the weather is nice, guests will have access to a 2,000-square-foot rooftop deck — complete with a bar, grill and hammock.

Carr Workspaces – AON Center

Carr Workspaces offers the best of both worlds – a true downtown office feel with the freedom to come and go. A day pass includes an unreserved seat in any common area, high-speed internet, and access to a fully-stocked community cafe with gourmet coffee, healthy snacks and fresh-baked cookies. Located on the 51st floor of the AON Center, clients can take in breathtaking, unobstructed views of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier.

Dayhouse Coworking

Dayhouse Coworking offers the perfect blend of work-from-home freedom and office camaraderie. The industrial workspace has a sit anywhere policy and provides clients with free Wi-Fi, coffee, tea and snacks. You’ll also get access to private nooks for phone calls.

Lifeworking Coworking

Located in downtown Lake Forest on Chicago’s North Shore, Lifehouse Coworking provides a professional, modern environment for freelancers, entrepreneurs and corporate telecommuters. A day pass allows access to a fully-functioning office space, including a desk, privacy, high-speed secure internet, phone booths for conference calls, free coffee all day and a lounge space to network.

Make Offices

Make Offices provides spacious workspaces with the infrastructure (fast Wi-Fi, conference rooms and private call rooms, printing) and all-inclusive amenities like free coffee/craft beer, access to relaxation and wellness rooms and massage chairs to relax and refuel.

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This article originally published on March 13, 2020. It has been updated with the most recent information.

Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky is an award-winning journalist and bestselling children's book author. She is the mom of three little ladies who keep her on her toes.
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