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CrossTown Fitness & Collide Coworking!


front with sloaneCharlie at CrossTown Fitness was nice enough to invite Collide Coworking to come try out their class before we have our event there next week on September 10th.

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 The space is so gorgeous and modern. They have a great food bar, the staff is really friendly, and checking in was a breeze.

 sloane lifting

sloane in day care

Sloane got a quick work out in before she headed to the kids space which had a ton of toys and books. She didn’t even cry when I dropped her off, which these days, is huge.



And here we are mid work out. Sorry for the shaky pictures. It was hard to hold my phone because I was, dying? It was tough, in a good way. It definitely was a full body workout, I feel like every muscle in my body was worked, including my wrists, is that a possible? There was a great energy in the room, and everyone going at their own pace, yet feeling very motivated to work hard.

They have a beautiful cafe where we’ll be hosting the coworking from 9:50-11:50 on September 10th. Crosstown Fitness is offering $10 off their $25 class for their classes at 9 and 12 (which includes childcare). The idea for the day is to get a work out in before or after your two hours of coworking. I’m personally really excited about the day and hope we can partner with CTF on a regular basis.

You can try a class out with the coworking, or just the coworking, or just the class – you choose!

Go to CrossTown Fitness to register for your class at 9 or 12, using the code “collide”.

Then go to Collide Coworking events page to register for your coworking – $30 for two hours.

Hope to see you on September 10th!

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Meet Your Future Coworker – Mo!

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Mo Fritz is a beautifully talented photographer, St. Bens resident (a neighborhood inside of Northcenter), and mom to 3 boys Asher (7), Soren (4), Harrison (2). She loves Collide because it helps her feel like she can work on her own schedule, and allows her to marry the worlds of work and mommy life. Mo is looking to collaborate with other artistic women and feels so empowered in creating beautiful images.

Check out Mo here!

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Meet Your Future Coworker – Shannon!

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Shannon is a Little Italy resident, and has a 1.5 year old baby boy with a fierce love of ducks and balls. She’s a freelance brand strategist who works with several large agencies in Chicago and gets a high from landing on the right communications strategy for an organization. Shannon is also constantly looking for other freelancers interested in collaborating or participating in projects she’s working on (specifically designers, videographers and other freelancers in the advertising world). She loves co-working spaces because she works best surrounded by creativity, while she gets down to business and can focus. Like a lot of moms, Shannon constantly feel torn between doing what’s best for her and doing what’s best for her little pumpkin. The current environment in the US makes it hard to feel like you are growing in your career and still nurturing your family, but she feels Collide has proven that it’s possible to do both.

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Meet Your Future Coworker – Alicia!

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Alicia Barney is a freelance writer and editor and mom of 1-and-a-half year old Rosemary. A Lincoln Park resident for six years, Alicia has worked for travel websites, news magazines and in public radio as a journalist and content producer. Now a freelancer, she likes the flexibility of coworking, which allows her to scale back—or ramp things up—according to her irregular schedule. And she appreciates the benefits of working nearby while her daughter plays, but in a space where she can focus on getting down to business (not putting in a load of laundry).

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Meet Your Future Coworker! – Kiley!

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Kiley Merrill is West Loop resident of 4 years and has two kids, Hunter (2), and Hannah (3 months). Kiley works at Executive Networks, the premiere networking company for HR Executives, as a Network Director for the last 5 years. She is interested in coworking to give her the ability to focus on work and also be close to her children. With a young baby, Kiley finds it especially helpful to know that her kids are in good hands and that she’s there to breastfeed or soothe when needed. Kiley also values the flexible hours as schedules can change on a day-to-day basis. Coworking is the perfect option for Kiley in her professional and personal life.

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10 Coworking Essentials

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So, with school starting and supply lists being checked off, we thought coworking deserved a list too.

1. Laptop charger – essential. Unless you have a crazy amazing laptop that I have never heard of in my life.

2. Phone charger – you may be using your phone more than you think. Just bring it.

3. Headphones – for music, phone calls, or a little privacy.

4. Phone – because there’s just work that you can’t get done on your laptop.

5. Notepad – sometimes it’s just nice to have one. Especially when you’re meeting with people or attending a lunch and learn, it’s nice to show that you’re focused on them and not actually checking your email.

6. Pen – full stop.

7. Water bottle – there will probably be cups at the coworking space you’re working at, but it’s also nice to leave as little clean-up as possible. However, the water cooler moments are great breaks and ways to talk casually to your fellow coworkers. So bring your water bottle empty, fill up frequently

8. Snack – this is absolutely essential, for obvious reasons. I try to live by the “never eat lunch alone” motto – always look for reasons to connect with people. That’s what coworking is all about!

9. Business cards – just do it. In some ways it seems old school but it’s still a nice gesture.

10. Flash drive – for those large files that are hard to transfer, the day you have to go to kinkos, or for the moment when you need to look especially 2003 nerdy, wear it with a lanyard.

What other coworking essentials am I missing?