Where Art Meets Business, Peerspace Rises!
Words by Franky-Dono
All photos/bios adapted from & linked to their respective sources.
For those of us with at least an ear inside the scene, the lack of industry-level resources based in Chicago is no secret. Even so, the city’s artistic circles have never ceased to sustain themselves. As we approach 2018, Chicago’s semblance of a renaissance has only become more evident. An environment seemingly ruled by the business of politics and reputation has since expanded to the world of investments and contracts. This change in climate has garnered much attention. Whether it’s the first free album distributed through Apple Music, like The Social Experiment’s Surf, or the more recent Chicago Bears collaboration with JoeFreshgoods—Windy City creatives are big business now. Brands around the world are looking to get a piece of the action, but no one's doing it quite like Peerspace.
Founded in San Francisco by CEO Rony Chammas, Peerspace prides themselves as the AirBnB of commercial properties. Through short-term leasing, Peerspace seeks to connect brands and professionals to truly one of a kind spaces. A typical three-year lease doesn’t always make sense for specialized business owners, especially ones with traveling careers. Luckily, the folks over at Peerspace have your back. As long as there’s an opening, you can rent a space for an hour or even days at a time. Whether it’s a meeting or an event, Peerspace can put you in a location that inspires your people.
Not only do they help monetize local properties with professional creatives nationwide, they promote these partnerships on all their platforms—that includes their mobile app. The success speaks for itself. Since starting in 2014, Peerspace has expanded to over 40 offices around the country. Primarily based in California, the company is also creating communities in places like Atlanta, New York, and Seattle too.
It wasn’t long before they set their sights on Chicago. After touching down in 2016, Peerspace has only fallen deeper in love with the city. They’re inspired by Chicago’s intense mash of art, dining, and architectural culture. To showcase their appreciation, these West Coast innovators chose nine locally based photographers to represent Peerspace Chicago. With their friends at Feature Studio, Peerspace Rising: A Photo Exhibition becomes a reality tomorrow night. Hosted by Alina Tsvor, Chanté Linwood has been elected to provide the soundtrack from 7-10pm. Everyone attending will be the first to witness an event at Feature Studio’s 5700+ square foot gallery in all its glory. The event will feature a piece from each photographer dedicated to the theme of Rising.