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Platform Coworking – Phase 3 / ReOpening

May 28, 2020 in Uncategorized

Hey Platform Members, it’s been awhile.

We’re still waiting on exact confirmation of dates for Chicago’s move to Phase 3. Our best guess is around June 8.

Although our office has remained open to essential workers during the statewide stay-at-home order, we will welcome back all of our existing members for Phase 3.

New safety measures will be put into place upon your return, and will continue to be implemented as time goes on, as needs and conditions change. We will send out emails to all members to clarify new procedures.

Please note, unless it’s for the few remaining offices at our Wicker Park/Ashland location, we are unable to take on any new desk memberships at the moment. We will reopen new sign-ups as conditions allow.

1 Office and 1 desk available

February 26, 2020 in Uncategorized
Hell hath frozen over…

For the first time in… we don’t remember how long—Platform Coworking’s Ravenswood location has available:

  • One 2-person office at $750/mo
  • One resident desk, at $390/mo

Sign up for either one by March 6 and we’ll take 25% off the first month’s bill. Give us a call to schedule a tour.

You can check out more, here:

Ditch the Home Office

September 11, 2018 in General

Raise your hand if you’re currently working from home. Now take a good look around you. What do you see? The dog, child who home sick from school, a pile of dishes, the list goes on and on. Know what you don’t see? A community of professionals who are also working.

Don’t get us wrong, working from home can be great sometimes! However, if you want to buckle down and get sh*t done you need a desk in a quiet room. A community who are also focused can help too! Isn’t that why they said go to the library in college?

Our resident desks are the perfect home office away from home. A private room with 12 desks and your very own lockable filing cabinet is all you need! Bring your desktop and voila! You have yourself a mini home office.

Come by Platform for a tour and check out our resident desks for $290/month (originally $390/month).


Coffee, Food and Booze: Essentials to Surviving the Work Week

August 27, 2018 in Wicker Park Eats & Drinks

When choosing a place to sit down and get some damn work done it is important to keep 3 things in mind. Coffee, food and booze. Below is Platform’s guide to surviving the work week at our Wicker Park location. Trust us on these, we’ve actually given them a try!


Scone City is definitely a top contender among Platform members. Don’t come in hungry or uncaffeinated, because the room will be filled with the smell of their scones and coffee. Our recommendation: the lemon blueberry scone with an iced coffee OR nitro coffee, honey lavender latte, the list could go on and on. Basically try it all, you will not regret it!

Scone City


Intelligentsia, located right across the street is basically a no brainer. We serve their coffee here, but sometimes a walk across the street is necessary to get some fresh air. Our recommendation: the Limelight is the most refreshing summer drink with cold brew, lime juice, a little simple syrup and tonic. Sounds exotic, right?


Falafel & Grill offers fresh and healthy food options, whether it be for lunch or grabbing dinner on your way home. If you are looking for delicious Mediterranean grub, look no further than down Milwaukee near the Jewel Osco! Our recommendation: the chicken shawarma plate is to die for. You won’t be left hungry with this entree.

5411 Empanadas is absolutely a favorite among Wicker Park locals. A great option for group lunches! You get what looks like a pizza box with different shaped empanadas to distinguish each type. Just don’t forget what you ordered! Our recommendation: Everything. But if we have to choose our top 3 here they are: malbec beef, bbq chicken and mac & cheese.

5411 Empanadas


The Up & Up is the rooftop bar located in the Robey hotel right in the heart of Wicker Park. Some weeks just call for a “treat yo self” drink as Donna and Tommy from Parks and Rec would say. The cocktails are amazing and the views are even better. Possibly the only place outside of the Loop where you get to see the Chicago skyline. Our recommendation: obviously all of them, but Duck Fried Rice is like drinking chinese food, don’t ask just try it.

The Up & Up

Tapster, perfect if your group is opinionated on what they want to drink or you want to try a lot of beers and wines until you find something you like. It’s self serve! Get a Tapster card and pour as much or as little as you want of everything. Our recommendation: everything, isn’t that the point?

Why We Love: BIG & little’s Wicker Park

February 5, 2018 in Wicker Park Eats & Drinks

Walking down Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park, you’ll be hard pressed to find a spot that doesn’t contribute its own spin on flavor to the neighborhood. BIG & little’s is no exception. With prime eats, a convenient location, and great staff, it’s easily a Chicago local favorite.

Walk in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or all three because we’re not here to judge, only enable) and you’re likely to get a booming greeting from Omar, head honcho and gastronome extraordinaire whose suggestions are tried, true, and unbelievably spot-on.

Mango Chutney Taco

Mango Chutney Taco

 BIG & little’s offers up options for every palate and craving, from colorfully crafted seafood tacos to burgers and fries that challenge your casual relationship with other burger joints. Everything is served up to maximize the flavor profile, with three house sauces that let you to shake up any order. Opt for the Special Sauce (chilli aiolo,) Samurai Sauce (soy based sweet sauce) or the Spicy Thai Sauce (sweet & spicy chilli sauce) or ask for all three and just go crazy with your order of truffle fries. The world is your fish taco.

Soft shell crab sandwich

Soft shell crab sandwich

 Just a stone’s throw from the the Division blue line or right off the Milwaukee bus, there’s always room to sit with a group and plenty of beer options to make it the first stop of your evening plans. It’s the ideal fast-casual spot that doesn’t shame your bank account into only subsidizing bricks of ramen, and a no-brainer when you have a hankering for tasteful variety.

 Whether you’re looking for something light and quick or planning to devour the Midwest’s imported seafood supply, you’re always in good company at BIG & little’s. Just don’t forget to invite us along.

The Platform recc’s:

Jeff: Samurai taco. It’s a whirlwind of fried whitefish, pickled jalapeños, lettuce, special sauce, samurai sauce, lime Juice, and sesame seeds.

Jessica: Poke Tuna Crunch Wrap. Hugged close and dearly in a flour burrito wrap, filled with sashmi ahi tuna, white rice, mixed greens, ginger, fried tortilla, special sauce, samurai sauce, and zesty wasabi sauce.

Diana: Mango Chutney taco. So (so) flavorful and artfully combined with seared shredded pork, pickled red onions, cilantro, mango chutney.


BIG & little’s

1310 N Milwaukee Ave

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