Loyola University Chicago

Corporate Engagement


1871 provides a physical space in which members of the LUC community can work and engage with the entrepreneurial and digital tech community in Chicago.  LUC has a dedicated Suite that can be reserved by LUC students, faculty, and staff. 

The Suite is a conference room equipped with Wi-Fi, a whiteboard, phone, and video capability. This shared space can accommodate up to 6 users at a time.  

1871 hosts daily events and workshops, several of which are free to 1871 members (including the University); for a complete list of upcoming events, visit http://www.1871.com/events.

Applicants must complete the User Application Form before submitting a space request and will receive an email within 2 business days confirming their approval.  Submission of an application does not guarantee approval of access to the space.  

Once approved, applicants will request reservations via email to 1871@luc.edu.  Once the reservation is confirmed on the schedule, the user is required to show their LUC ID to 1871 front desk receptionist for reservation verification prior to handing over a key card to the suite.  At the end of your scheduled time, the key card must be returned to the front desk.

All applicants and users must review and agree to the LUC 1871 Suite Usage Policy before using the space. 

1871 is located on the 12th floor of the Merchandise Mart, 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood.  The CTA Brown Line and Purple Line trains serve the Merchandise Mart station and there are numerous parking garages within 2 blocks (validated parking is available).

LUC’s membership includes access to the LUC Suite and is available to current students, faculty, and staff from all of the LUC campuses, specifically those who demonstrate they are engaged in entrepreneurial pursuits that would be advanced by using the technical resources provided at 1871. 

It may take up to 2 business days for applicants to receive an email confirming user approval. 

1871 offers several unique and educational events each month.  Once an approved user of the LUC 1871 Suite, many of these events are open for participation.  For further information regarding events, visit the 1871 Events Calendar to register for events and programs of interest to you. 

Please note that some events at 1871 are also open to the public and may require a fee to attend.  If you choose to attend a fee-required event, you are personally responsible for payment of the fee and there will be no reimbursement.

No--Loyola's agreement with 1871 is to provide a platform for you to interact and engage with the broader entrepreneurial and tech community at 1871.  The purpose of this resource is to provide a space for fledgling tech start-ups, to provide students with real-work experience with other members, and engage in the advancement of technological innovation.