The Present 

With new strides in collaboration, connection and community, Goose Island has the potential to become one of Chicago's -- if not one of the country's -- most innovative neighborhoods. With the recent addition of many exciting new technology-focused companies, the idea to re-brand the island as Innovation Island is as strong as ever.

This website hopes to build a community focused on bettering the future of the island.


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Island-wide free public Wi-Fi

Comcast blanketed two innovative public spaces in the City of Chicago with free Wi-Fi: the new 606 park and the entirety of Innovation Island.

“With the addition of Wi-Fi, Comcast is accelerating its investment in [the Goose Island neighborhood] and helping to enhance its appeal as a business location.”

Get two, 60-minute free sessions per month by selecting “xfinitywifi” in your list of available networks.

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Amazon "Last Mile" Distribution Center

Amazon is continuing to expand up its fulfillment-center network, and the company opened up a "last mile" distribution center on the Island in July 2015. The retail giant is stepping into territory historically owned by companies like UPS, FedEx, and DHL: the logistics and transportation business.

Although shipments are currently delivered by car to nearby residents in surrounding neighborhoods, it's only a matter of time until drones are flying in and out of Innovation Island!

UI LABS

UI LABS is an organization with a mission to transform industries. Under the UI LABS’ umbrella stand two Labs, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) and City Digital.

DMDII is a partnership between industries, universities, and the U.S. Department of Defense. DMDII is transforming American manufacturing to be the most competitive in the world through the adoption of digital manufacturing technologies. UI LABS’ second Lab, City Digital, is transforming cities to enhance how we live, work, and play today and tomorrow by digitizing the built environment. 

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Wrigley Global Innovation Center

Wrigley's Global Innovation Center (GIC) is considered by many as Innovation Island's anchor institution.  The three-story collaborative laboratory and office building opened its doors in May 2005 and in 2012 became the company's global headquarters.

The facility's Pilot Plant is used to test new machinery and manufacturing processes, and the product samples produced there are used for screening prototypes, consumer testing and analytical evaluations.

 

Kendall College

Kendall College serves more than 1,500 students each year, representing nearly 50 countries around the world. With more than 30 full-time faculty members and more than 180 core-contributing faculty members, Kendall College boasts an average class size of 17 and a faculty to student ration of 1:16. The Kendall College alumni network includes nearly 10,000 professionals.

In addition to promoting sustainability by using ingredients from its own campus garden, Kendall offers a number of opportunities for local food enthusiasts to get involved on campus, including cooking classes, nights of fine dining and more.

Chicago Water Taxi

It's without a doubt the funnest way to get to and from work on Innovation Island!

The Chicago Water Taxi company has been and continues to be an integral part of activities associated with expanded use of the Chicago River and the city’s evolving lakefront. Their mission statement and motto is - “Showcasing Chicago to the World. Setting the Standard for the Industry."

Island-wide community cleanups

Organized by North Branch Works, Whole Foods and Innovation Island resident Waste Management, the 2nd Annual Spring Cleaning was a huge success in 2015.


Over a 150 people from area businesses gathered up their teams for a spring cleaning in the Halsted-River Triangle and Innovation Island. The participating teams cleaned up and properly disposed and recycled over 6,300 lbs of material in 2015.

 

Trunk Club

Trunk Club was started to solve a simple problem: shopping for clothes in stores is overwhelming and inconvenient. With Trunk Club, you’ll discover great clothes that are perfect for you without ever having to go shopping. The company delivers a highly personalized experience that helps you look your best.

 

Sprig

Sprig brings you delicious meals, prepared by chefs who know how to make clean food taste great. 

Tap a button and get food that shows up right at your door, hot and ready to eat.

Sprig supports sustainable, local and ethical growers, chooses organic produce as a high priority and opts for meat that is sustainably-raised.

 

The Future

With new strides in collaboration, connection and community, Goose Island has the potential to become one of Chicago's -- if not one of the country's -- most innovative neighborhoods on the map. Goose Island is well on its way to becoming Innovation Island.


R2 Real Estate

R2 is a widely experienced developer, having completed multi-family, mixed-use, retail, and office projects, and is currently developing two mixed-use developments on Chicago’s Goose Island that total more than 700,000 rentable square feet.

The two properties are located at 909 West Bliss and 934 North Branch Street. R2 worked with Port Urbanism to create GooseIsland2025.com, a website that envisions just what this transformed island may look like in the near future! 

Naru Project

Reimagining the east side of Innovation Island.

Taking its lead from the City of Chicago's new found focus on bettering the Chicago River, the Naru Project is facilitating the design and implementation of a park consisting of floating gardens, wildlife habitat, and more to be enjoyed by the local community. Imagine paddling through native vegetation, taking in the local wildlife among murals and sculptures created by local artists -- this is the vision of the Naru Project.