WOODSTOCK – Freelancers, entrepreneurs and other home-based employees soon will have a chance to get out of the house and get their work done in a community space in downtown Woodstock.
The Chicago Community Trust has awarded the city of Woodstock a $2,500 grant to pilot a co-working center at Stage Left Cafe. The center will offer patrons high-speed Wi-Fi, access to network printing, quiet workspaces and a professional setting to meet with clients.
City officials have considered enacting a co-working space in the historic Old Courthouse in the past after consulting firm Artspace identified the concept as a potential use for the facility in its 2016 study. Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House Advisory Commission members rejected a three-phase, $29,000 feasibility study for the project in February.
The one-day-a-week co-working cafe is meant to gauge community interest in the program. The space could relocate to the Old Courthouse in the future, according to city documents. The co-working center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays beginning Aug. 7.
City staff will be on-site to assist patrons.
Woodstock artist and Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House Advisory Commission member Wendy Piersall has started a Facebook group for interested parties called Woodstock Co-Working Community, where people can interact and find out information.
“There’s a great synergy that comes from working around similar personalities that those of us based at home miss out on,” she said. “I plan to be one of this center’s biggest fans.”