Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle
Address: 1452 E 53rd Street
The Chicago Innovation Exchange at the University of Chicago fosters innovation and commercialization through dynamic shared space, connections, and collaboration. It provides resources for students, faculty and local South Side community members as they advance their discoveries and ideas toward the marketplace. The CIE offers interactive workshops and events, an ever-expanding network of mentors, experts and support, and access to fabrication and prototyping equipment.
While the CIE is primarily based out of a nearly 20,000-square-foot space above the Harper Theater, its reach spans the newly revitalized 53rd street. The innovation campus includes the CIE Skydeck, an event space on the 11th floor of Harper Court with breathtaking views of the city, and a new 7,000-square-foot space with 3D printers, computer-controlled mills, and other tools to translate between digital and physical design.