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History of ILA

2011 - Crazy story...not really. I came up with the name ILA Design Solutions to coin as my own freelance design business upon graduating college. Simply because 'I love art' has been an innate feeling since only made sense that I ran with that as my official business name, I-L-A.
2016 - This outstanding idea dropped from the sky (literally), open a co-working space on the southside of Chicago! And not just any co-working space, one specifically for creatives that purposely aligns creatives with a space that culitvates growth, collaboration and opportunity in order to to empower more enthused creators across the city.
2017 - My simple idea, transformed into unstoppable passion. I enrolled in the Chicago Urban League NextStart Up Fall course to hone in on the exact plans for my concept. Our course ended with an in-class pitch competition. I became one of two finalists to go on to compete for a monetary prize for ILA at the Google Offices in Chicago. My concept competed against 3 other businesses...ILA won! 
2018 - I became energized. My idea became an official registered business with the state of Illinois at the top of this year. I wrote out plans, scratched them, got frustrated, wrote new ones, scratched those,  did it again; until I reached a viable business plan to launch my facility.

Leading focus groups to learn directly from creatives on what they'd like in a workspace and assembling an advisory team of industry experts to help bring things to life gave me the leverage to propel forward.
December 2018 - Join Us! As we raise start-up captial for ILA and get a preview of the innovative space that supports creatives on the Southside. Stay tuned for event recap!
2019 - Doors to
ILA Creative Studio will open! Sort of...

We're beta testing the concept out of The Bronzeville Incubator  to really hone in on exactly what you, our consumers need!
2020 and Beyond - Nothing but expansion and growth, to help empower, educate and expose creatives to the opportunities + resources that they need.