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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hackstudio Launches Fall 2015

As many of you know, I’ve moved on to a fantastic new project working as Engagement Director for Hackstudio, a widely re-imagined after school program for kids in Evanston that launches Sept. 21. We’re located in a huge warehouse on Green Bay Ave, across from the Metra and CTA stations. (It's the old Domicile Building, and by huge I mean 16,000 sq ft)

I’m sharing this information so that you can either apply to work with us as mentor OR send your kids/friend’s kids/neighbor’s kids to our program.

The Hacky Life Blog Launches!
Meet the founders and learn about the mission of this great new program serving kids in the Northshore & Chicagoland.

We’re taking applications for Fall 2015!
If you're a kid (3rd grade to senior in high school) ready to be a contributing member of a supportive community and take advantage of the chance to really do what you really love, this is the place for you! “Hackstudio, a place where kids can go and check anything off of their bucket list.”  -Marin

We’re hiring mentors!
Mentor groups of 6-8 kids, 4:30 - 10:30 p.m., weeknights. The job of a mentor is not to instruct, but to help kids discover the wealth of resources available to them - for developing their own skills, making their own discoveries and gaining experience and support around their own endeavors. This means the mentor’s principal skill is the ability to CONNECT.

Tell everyone in your network you think might be interested. Learn more about what we do at

Press Release

Hackstudio launches in Evanston, taking applications for Fall 2015

July 21, 2015 - This September, Evanston will be home to “a wildly re-imagined program for kids” with the launch of Hackstudio at 2510 Green Bay Road. 

Founders Mike Meiners and Randy Blaugh have already begun to ignite kids’ imaginations through an innovative framework that allows kids to pursue any avenue they find meaningful as long as they’re willing to commit to getting it done. 

In June, Hackstudio finished an 18 week beta session where 20 kids completed self-defined projects ranging from building a bat house to hip-hop choreography to founding a fashion design company (with sales!). One graduate calls Hackstudio “a place where kids can go and check anything off their bucket list.”

The partners bought the old Domicile Furniture warehouse; 16,000 square feet of creative space designed to help kids “find out what they’re made of by doing what they love.” 

Hackstudio is a privately held company located next to the Central Avenue CTA and Metra stations. Sessions are open to kids Monday thru Friday, in two-hour slots, 4-9:30 p.m., over a quarter term with schedules matching the school calendar.

For more information on how to apply, visit


Contact: Lisa Degliantoni,

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