North America’s first nonprofit shared workspace dedicated to literacy.

In May 2015, the Chicago Literacy Alliance opened the Literacenter with eighteen member organizations.

Today, more than 100 organizations make their homes, attend programs, form partnerships, serve students, create collaborations, and accelerate their work here.

Library of Congress Literacy Award, 2016: Best Practices

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641 W. Lake St.
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661



The Literacenter is located in Chicago’s thriving West Loop neighborhood, surrounded by restaurants and near every form of public transportation.


  • Two blocks from the Clinton El stop 
  • One block from bus routes
  • Next to a Divvy bike station 
  • Two blocks from Zipcars 
  • Three blocks from Metra (Ogilvie)

Services and Amenities

  • Service discounts on accounting, payroll, insurance, IT, office supplies, photography, human resources, and more
  • Programming and events ranging from monthly birthday parties and meetups to literacy trainings and networking opportunities
  • Office perks including coffee, printing, photocopying, mail/package receipt, and WiFi
  • Discounts at our favorite local yoga studio, acupuncturist, gym, bookstore, and more
  • Private lockers – and more storage space coming soon
  • Wellness rooms with sensory-friendly accommodations


  • 51,000 sqft of shared workspace including couches, armchairs, community tables, private carrels, group workstations, and open lounges
  • 23 meeting and conference rooms, capable of holding as few as 2 people and as many as 100
  •  3 large event spaces for parties and celebrations. 
  • The LitLounge (complete with foosball, shuffleboard, ping pong, Rock Band, Wii, board games, TVs, movie projection, kitchen, and 2 pianos). 
  • Five Literascooters for zooming around everything 

Take a virtual tour of the workspace! Take a virtual tour of the LitLounge!

What’s Happening


Small Rooms

Small Rooms

  • 2-3 people each
  • Desk and chairs
  • WiFi
  • Glassboard
  • Display monitor
  • AppleTV
  • Speakerphone

Ethan FRoom
Roomeo And Juliet
Roomona Quimby
A Room Of One’s Own
Roombow Fish

Medium Rooms

Medium Rooms

  • 4-6 people each
  • Table and chairs
  • WiFi
  • Glassboard
  • Display monitor
  • Mac Mini
  • Speakerphone

Goodnight Room
A Room With A View


Large Rooms

Large Rooms

  • 8-20 people each
  • Table and chairs
  • WiFi
  • Glassboard
  • Display monitor
  • AppleTV
  • Speakerphone

The Brothers KaRoomozov
Roombin Hood
The Catcher In The Room
WutheRoom Heights
The Island Of Dr. MoRoom

Extra-Large Rooms

X-Large Rooms

  • 20-100 people
  • Tables and chairs
  • WiFi
  • Whiteboard
  • Display monitors
  • Audio equipment
  • Mac Mini
  • Speakerphone

Swiss Family Roombinson
Roombinson Crusoe
The Enormous Room

Middle Earth

Middle Earth

  • Couches, tables, and chairs
  • Centrally located between meeting and breakout rooms
  • WiFi
  • Blackboard
  • Natural light
  • Sink



  • Couches, tables, chairs, bar stools, and highboys
  • Foosball, ping-pong, shuffleboard, board games, Wii, Rock Band, and 2 pianos
  • Projection system + dropdown screen
  • Display monitors
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Adjacent bathrooms