Our Network

The Garage’s reach is far and wide. We’ve met some extraordinary people, had dinner with established founders, and visited some of the most talked about offices in the country.

People We Know

Through alumni connections, field trips, and more, students at The Garage have been offered exciting opportunities for conversations with some of their favorite people, including:

Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO at SpaceX

Katrina Lake, Co-founder and CEO of Stitch Fix

Maye Musk, Model and Author (Elon’s mom)

Brian Chesky, Co-founder of Airbnb

Ann Crady Weiss, Co-founder of HatchBaby

Gwyneth Paltrow, Founder of goop

Family Dinner Speakers

Every week during the academic year, The Garage holds Family Dinner for our Resident students. With an exclusive invite, students hear frank talks from accomplished founders and storytellers in an intimate and casual environment.

Places We’ve Been

In addition to quarterly field trips to innovative Chicago-based offices, we’ve taken students on treks to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, where we’ve spent time with accomplished alumni. We’ve stopped by the Northwestern spaces in NYC and SF, and visited amazing places like the New York Stock Exchange and Uber’s headquarters.

The floor of the NY Stock Exchange

Visiting SpaceX in LA

Visiting RXBAR’s new offices in Chicago

Stopping by Cards Against Humanity’s secret Chicago location

Other Places We’ve Visited






San Francisco

The New York Times


Thrive Global




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