Jen Luby’s new workspace Dayhouse encourages professional growth while supporting personal needs.
Collaborative coworking spaces have been popping up as an attractive option for remote workers, and Ravinia Associates Board Vice President and prominent event marketer Jen Luby saw the need not only for distraction-free and social options for North Shore locals, but for an inspiring work environment that caters to their multifaceted lives as professionals, caretakers and community organizers. Through Dayhouse Coworking, launched this spring in Highland Park, “we nurture the accountant who’s also a mom, who’s also volunteering for three boards,” she says. “We get it.”
The comfortable yet chic space—think a circa-1930s former art gallery with soft seating, exposed brick and large windows—offers much-needed amenities like coffee and snacks, private offices and speedy Wi-Fi, in addition to wellness programming such as yoga classes, and a dedicated mind-body room for meditation and even the midafternoon power nap! “We truly believe you do your best work when your mind and body are taken care of,” Luby says. Dayhouse is the only coworking space in the Chicagoland area to offer activities at an on-site children’s room, situated conveniently far away from the offices but right next to a lactation room.
People are brought together through their desire for connection in a creative, encouraging environment. The kitchen is a popular spot for spontaneous meetings of the minds: “We often find members sharing and brainstorming each other’s dilemmas,” Community Engagement Director Jessica Erickson says. Dayhouse also houses an art program, showcasing rotating works through a partnership with The Art Center Highland Park, and grants a yearlong residency to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Memberships from $125 per month, dayhousecoworking.com
Photography by: Katrina Wittkamp