Coworking Comes to Chicago's Near-West Suburbs with Opening of Suite Spotte

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Business coach and author Sue Reardon has launched the first coworking space serving Chicago’s near-west suburbs with her business partner and fellow serial entrepreneur Mirek Zienkiewicz.

Suite Spotte, located at 21 South La Grange Road, Suite 200 in downtown La Grange, Illinois, offers 4,000 square feet of light-filled, well-appointed space for productive work and collaboration.

With flexible access ranging from 1-day passes to full-month memberships, the facility is ready to serve the needs of freelancers, small business owners, micropreneurs and other mobile professionals, Reardon says.

The space officially opened December 2 with five charter members already working and collaborating on-site.

Micropreneurs -- those who head businesses employing one to five individuals -- now run 75% of the small businesses in the U.S., Reardon reports, citing U.S. Census figures.

“We’re here to serve the founders of these businesses, who know that the loneliness of the home office and the noise of the local coffee shop won’t help them move forward,” she says.

Reardon describes Suite Spotte as “an energizing space with everything business owners need to get work done,” from high-speed Internet to shared scanners and printers to a state-of-the-art, 10-seat conference room with videoconferencing and interactive white board.

Two important elements separate coworking from other workspace options, Reardon says: the opportunity to share ideas and gain inspiration from fellow coworkers, and the flexibility to work anytime with no long-term lease commitment.

Suite Spotte offers a range of membership choices that can be renewed month-to-month, she notes.

The second-floor facility has space for 30+ members to work at a time, with six spots reserved for resident members who can secure work tools in dedicated workstations with locking files.

There’s a “frequent spotter” membership for those who don’t need assigned workstations but want 24/7 access to a shared workspace with all the amenities, especially the chance to work with other savvy, motivated professionals.

Other options include one-day passes and 10-day passes offering access from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.    

Work teams are welcome at Suite Spotte as well. Two project rooms, each equipped with four seats and large white boards, offer mobile professionals an ideal alternative to the downtown Chicago commute.

Resident and frequent members have priority in the online reservation system, but others can also reserve Suite Spotte’s conference and project rooms.

There’s also a quiet room with six seats where individual members can go when they need to concentrate. A phone booth provides a convenient spot for private conversations.

Having defined areas dedicated to different activities -- conversation, relaxation, quiet focus and collaboration -- gives members the best of all possible worlds, Reardon says.

The facility’s location in award-winning downtown La Grange offers real advantages for members, Reardon says. “We’re steps from dozens of casual and fine restaurants, with easy access to every retail and service option you can imagine.”

Plenty of free and low-cost parking, along with easy access via nearby Metra commuter lines make Suite Spotte a natural choice for area professionals, she adds. “We’re a suburban town with a truly urban vibe, making this a great place to work.”        

The author of Rocka Million: A Manifesto for the Gutsy Micropreneur, available through Amazon, Reardon will continue to provide business coaching for clients, including interested members of Suite Spotte.

In her work with entrepreneurs, Reardon brings her manifesto to life by focusing on the wisdom of collaboration, and advising business owners to free themselves from the familiar trap of trying to go it alone.

“Operating as a party of one and keeping everything close to the vest restricts business growth,” Reardon states. “Sharing and working collectively to help each other achieve goals and delight customers is a more progressive way to grow.”

Coworking tracks with this reality, and it’s gaining ground worldwide simply because it works. “How do I define success for Suite Spotte? When all of our members rocka million,” she says.

“Research and comments all over the Internet show that workers in collaborative spaces feel more creative, productive, confident and earn more money than they did before they began coworking. We’re thrilled to bring those benefits to our members.”

Interested business owners and mobile professionals can request a tour, learn more about space and amenities and apply for membership at


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