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Free Range in the News

Feb 22, 2018

Located on North Avenue in Wicker Park, just west of the Six Corner intersection, Free Range offers is space for coworking, meetings, and events. It’s a bright and airy space with a shared kitchen, outdoor terrace, complimentary coffee, and private phone booths. 

Jan 27, 2018

March to the Polls, the second annual Women’s March, took place Jan. 20 in Downtown Chicago. A total of 300,000 people stood in solidarity with the Women’s March Chicago (WMC) movement including businesses like Free Range Office, a women owned and operated coworking space.

Oct 22, 2017

If the number of coworking spaces in a city is is any indication of its entrepreneurial health, Chicago is firing on all cylinders. Based on a recent surveyby Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and Chicago Creative Space there are 41 coworking spaces in the city, covering a staggering 868,124 square feet of space.

Aug 24, 2017

FREO has a space with a story, an open floor plan that doesn’t look like cubicle city and offers some truly unique party/networking space. Converted from a funky and incredibly historic Bucktown loft, the space’s massive open kitchen sits in the middle of the main room. This means you can start hosting your events in intriguing new ways. Rent out the space for a company cooking class? Bring in a chef to wow your investors? Why not, happy networking bon-petit?

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liane Jackson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Liane. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am an attorney, journalist and entrepreneur. I first conceived Free Range Office about five years ago, when I had an idea, a baby and a business plan. 

Apr 25, 2017

Coworking spaces provide a solution to the isolation and distraction of working from home, offer an escape from fighting for a table at Starbucks, and are more affordable than renting your own office. Additionally, coworking spaces are known to be breeding grounds for cross-industry collaboration and networking that happens naturally due to daily interaction with other professionals.

Mar 08, 2017

People gather to hear speakers during an International Working Women's Day rally at the Thompson Center on March 8, 2017. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

Mar 08, 2017

CHICAGO -- Some women across the Chicago area and the world are marking "A Day Without a Woman" on Wednesday.  In the Chicago area, women are being urged to take the day off work, wear red, and avoid shopping at businesses that aren't owned by women or minorities.

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Mar 08, 2017

WICKER PARK — In solidarity with A Day Without A WomanWicker Park coworking office Free Range will be offering "a sanctuary space" during the workday on Wednesday for women, according to owner Liane Jackson.

Feb 22, 2017

Free Range Office is Chicago’s favorite spot for entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants, creatives, independent & remote workers, part-timers and startups. If you are seeking an alternative to the corporate cubicle or isolated home office, you will be most welcome and pleasantly surprised.

Feb 08, 2017

Free Range Office is one of the earliest spots in Chicago, and it’s still one of my very favorites. The location itself is very comfortable and warm; since they been around for a while it’s a well-oiled machine, and it’s got a nice community of folks that work there.

Jan 18, 2017

Below is a round-up of the best passport co-working services and co-working spaces outside of NYC.

Aug 24, 2016

​Coworking, a working environment of self-employed professionals or those looking to share ideas and knowledge with creatives, is quickly becoming a high-demand trend. And Liane Jackson, founder and CEO of Free Range Office, is putting a fresh spin on the attraction.

May 06, 2016

Forget that stuffy hotel board room, or that new restaurant that is still trying to compel you with bacon-infused whatever, and start taking advantage of spots that allow creativity to flourish. 

Nov 02, 2015

Pg 22 -- The stresses of a modern-day mom who wants to go back to work are many, from child care to deciding when, how and at what level to re-engage in the workforce. Here are the big questions and some simple steps to figure out what’s right for you.

Aug 17, 2015

Work when you want, how you want. Whether you are a startup, freelancer, blogger, entrepreneur, consultant, at-home or remote worker, Free Range Office provides a place for you to be your most productive and your most liberated.

Jun 13, 2015

Popup childcare offered at Free Range Office.

Apr 05, 2015


Toward the end of one recent workday, with many of the city’s commuters already on their way home, Vanessa Smith climbed the stairs to the loft-like expanse of Free Range Office, one of Chicago’s newest co-working spaces, where entrepreneurs and freelancers rent desks and network with other independent professionals.

Apr 01, 2015

For all the little problems entrepreneurs have solved in their community, they have yet to crack one of the biggest — providing affordable, accessible child-care to young workers who desperately need it.

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