Chicago's Most Popular Meeting Facility Announces Expansion Plans to Other Cities. How The Thinkubator Studio Helps People Think Outside the Box.

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Want a Thinkubator in your city? Discover what happens when you convert a giant loft space into a meeting facility that overlooks the Chicago skyline.

The Thinkubator - Chicago's Most Creative Meeting Space

The Thinkubator - Chicago's Most Creative Meeting Space

If you want to think outside the box. Do not put your brain in a box. Spend time at The Thinkubator and get more work done while having fun.

Long before there were business incubators, and it became trendy to furnish office spaces with creative stimuli, Gerald Haman opened The Thinkubator in 1996 in downtown Chicago. Haman, who formerly worked for Procter & Gamble and Arthur Andersen, found that most traditional meeting spaces were not conducive to creative and innovative thinking.

Based on the success of his first Thinkubator, Haman is exploring expansion plans to open Thinkubator meeting facilities in major cities in the US, Asia, Europe and South America.

“If you want to think outside the box. Do not put your brain in a box,” states Haman. “Many people experience ‘cubicle creativity’ where the size of their ideas are proportional to the amount of space in which they feel they have to think,” he added.

The panoramic view of downtown Chicago from The Thinkubator Studios is breathtaking. There are 32 giant windows with inspiring views of the city. A private rooftop deck provides breathtaking panoramic views of Chicagoland.

When the creative minds from Leo Burnett need inspiration they come to The Thinkubator. When executives from Wrigley wanted to have top level meetings with customers from Target and Walgreens, they come to the Thinkubator. McDonald’s brought teams to the Thinkubator, when they wanted to generate new concepts for Happy Meals or hold high level-meetings with global marketing executives. During the past year, groups from Nestle, Abbott, HP, AbbVie, Motorola, Kraft, Google, Samsung, and MillerCoors have held several meetings at The Thinkubator.

Companies rent the Thinkubator for $3-5,000 per day for access to the large meeting space, the Solutionarium and the private skyline deck. Several companies are on a waiting list to rent the space.    

Although Chicago does offer other creative meeting venues that are alternatives to traditional hotel or conference center spaces, The Thinkubator is truly unique with its tall ceilings, hardwood floors, wood-burning fire place and gigantic windows. Amenities include a grand piano (that plays itself), full kitchen, ten big screen TVs and a professional karaoke system.

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