“We are a multipurpose space that provides DIY workshops focused on neighborhood development, community empowerment, and affordable and accessible education.”

When it comes to passion, everyone has something to share! We strive to give everyone a platform to display their talent in an accommodating space and at a low-price! From workshops to community block clubs meetings, from an art gallery to a theater performance, from pop-up shops to DIY cooking lessons, our space is open to anything and everyone to rent for just $20/hour!

If the CoLab seems like the right fit for your next event, stop by our space for a tour and/or submit the reservation form below or email us at to get started! Let’s CoLab!


  • Located at 9 W. Northrup within the heart of the walkable University District go out and enjoy a meal before, during or after your event.
  • Accommodating up to 30 people comfortably, the CoLab has room to spare for your workshop, meeting, or artwork.
  • Plenty of off-street parking [click here] around the neighborhood and the LaSalle Metro stop is only a few blocks away! Why drive when you can bike and use public transit.
  • Tables, chairs, a projector, white and chalk board wallsTool Library tools & equipment, and an ever expanding inventory at your service.
  • Free wifi!


Check out all the low-cost and free DIY workshops offered throughout the months, as well as all the latest events happening in the University Heights District courtesy of all our local supporters and organizations!

To register for a workshop please submit the appropriate Google form below located on the CoLab webpage or email to let us know you’ll be attending! We look forward to have you as a CoLaborator!

Handmade Valentine Workshoppe

Pop-in to make unique and personal valentines for your special someone. Caesandra will provide an assortment of: fancy papers, stamps, ink, glitter, tools, stencils, punch-outs and embellishments. We will also have lots of garden PUNS and quotes if you need a few inspirations. Several pop-up options and templates will be available.

*$2 will cover the materials for each card. You can also purchase vintage valentines and decor, order chocolates and other items.


Tues, February 13th @ 5:30pm | $2 Admission

University Heights Collaborative Meeting

Join the University Heights community for their monthly community meeting from 7pm to 8pm in Gloria J. Parks Community Center on Tuesday, February 13th.
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Tuesday, February 13th @ 7pm | GJP Community Center