Wet Lab and Co-Working Space

The Garage

The Garage is a cross-disciplinary space designed for all Northwestern students to explore innovation and entrepreneurship through resident and non-resident programs. Resident programs focus on honing ventures in a period of 3-4 months, while non-resident programs include workshops and courses to help get ideas forming.  The Garage Residency Program is an opportunity for student teams, both undergraduate and graduate, to be core members of The Garage’s entrepreneurial community. Resident teams use The Garage as their office and receive special privileges like 24/7 access, a weekly Family Dinner and priority for office hours with mentors. Ideas can be for-profit or not-for-profit, hardware or software, commercial products or artistic endeavors—anything that requires bringing a new idea to fruition. Resident teams are selected on a quarterly basis.



INVOHub is a Northwestern incubator program that builds on the university’s mission of achieving excellence in research-driven innovation by accelerating translation of its rich research portfolio to the public.


Segal Prototyping and Fabrication Lab

The role of the Segal Prototyping and Fabrication Lab is to provide an opportunity through design to move from theory to practice in a safe and supportive learning environment. It is located in the basement and sub-basement of the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center and is available for student use. The Segal Prototyping and Fabrication Lab is available to students and faculty in support of their educational project work. The lab is staffed by lab professionals and student lab leaders who are skilled in the equipment and processes necessary for the execution of project designs.

1801 Maple
A Northwestern University owned building located at Clark and Maple in Evanston with a mixture of commercial and academic tenants. The building has fully operational wet labs and office space.

1871 is a co-working center for digital startups. Located in the Merchandise Mart, this 50,000-square-foot facility has space available for early stage digital startups. 



MATTER is a community of healthcare entrepreneurs and industry leaders working together in a shared space to individually and collectively fuel the future of healthcare innovation. Northwestern is member of MATTER which allows access to selected early stage startups in Health IT. Contact Simone Edwards for access to MATTER’s shared space.



mHUB Chicago is more than a co-working space for hardware entrepreneurs and makers in Chicago, it is a growing community focused on development, manufacturing and

commercialization of electronic and IoT devices, and other physical products. mHUB offers a wide range of resources to reduce the time and cost of physical product design and development; in addition to 10 prototyping labs, mHUB has a dynamic community of over 150 members with a variety of skillets and experience that you can reach out to for ideas and help. mHUB's members are creating breakthrough products in robotics, connected devices, sensors, energy tech, unmanned vehicles, and other cutting edge innovations. By providing the right resources, mentorship, and access to manufacturing industry insiders, mHUB helps early-stage innovators go from prototype to product to sustainable business.


Check out their equipment list for more information about their resources and explore their dynamic member community.


Insight Accelerator Labs

The local Ravenswood product design firm, Insight Product Development, provides space in partnership with leading university technology programs to drive healthcare innovation, business growth, and improve people’s lives. 


Illinois Science & Technology Park

Located in Skokie, a 15 minute drive from Northwestern's Evanston Campus, the Illinois Science and Technology Park is on the former site of Pfizer/Pharmacia/Searle campus. Different levels of space, ranging from small labs to premium, high class space.

University Technology Park at IIT

The University Technology Park at IIT is a brand new research park, located across the interstate from US Cellular Field and convenient to public transportation (close to CTA red line, with METRA stop planned).  Office and wet lab space are available with flexible layouts to NU startups.