The Garage at The Sardine Bar is a satellite extension of The Garage located near Northwestern’s Chicago campus in Streeterville. It is a physical space for Northwestern students working on entrepreneurial projects to meet, co-work, and learn.

Featured Teams


Famgi is an online platform that sends parents automated text messages to notify them when their child makes it anywhere, safely.


Gearflow is an online marketplace for construction equipment and parts, giving sellers a turnkey way to promote their brand and sell their products to a national audience of buyers.

Global Project Hope

Global Project Hope is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the goal of curating innovative educational tools for children.


We’re working on an entirely new methodology in removing occlusions and restoring insulin pumps to their maximum efficiency for patients with Diabetes Mellitus.

NU Health Hacks

NU Health Hacks, Northwestern’s first interdisciplinary healthcare hackathon, invites innovators from all disciplines, skill levels, and backgrounds to explore and solve challenges in healthcare.

No Waste Tape



Qpiphany is startup that created a Legal Voice app for quickly and accurately identifying legal conflicts of interest.

Track Trainer

Track Trainer is an affordable upper-limb paralysis rehabilitation device that transforms mundane training into a stimulating game, getting patients emotionally engaged in their recovery.


Vaperize is a program to help users quit vaping through a combination of tech-driven behavioral therapy and nicotine replacement therapy.


Verboso makes speech therapy fun and engaging with video games that can grade the child’s exercises in real-time and provide critical feedback for improvement.


We work with faculty and students across the national using a clinic-style model to give personalized, comprehensive, and longitudinal advice to students to maximize their success in the application.

Entrepreneurs in Residence

Patrice Darby

Patrice is the founder and CEO of GoNanny, a B2B childcare management SaaS platform for childcare centers, schools, and programs. She is committed to revolutionizing the childcare industry by merging childcare with technology. Recent accomplishments include winning the UPS Pitch Competition, and GoNanny was chosen as a top 100 finalist for the 2017 Chicago Innovation Awards.

James Hirchak, Kellogg ’17

James is the President and Founder of Astute Review, a software that provides an automated reviews of business presentations. Prior to founding Astute Review, James served as a Director of Corporate Development for Dover Corporation. James holds a BS in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Miami University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Matt Kaminsky

After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Matt headed to Chicago for an internship at Leo Burnett. Four years later he had amassed experience creating campaigns for Nintendo and P&G. Setting out to strip the unnecessary overhead he came across at ad agencies large and small, and to create a far more collaborative model, he went on to co-found Strike 2, where he currently works today.

Jason Weinberger, Kellogg ’17

Jason has created award-winning campaigns for Harley Davidson, Miller Lite and Sprint, while teaching intro to copywriting at the Chicago Portfolio School. After teaching, he decided to head back to school, getting his MBA at Kellogg. He is currently the co-Founder Strike 2, an ad agency that takes a collaborative approach to better serve modern day clients and their budgets.

About The Sardine Bar

The Garage at The Sardine Bar is located at the historic 680 North Lake Shore Drive building. The space is a hub for Pritzker School of Law, Feinberg School of Medicine, Kellogg School of Management, and PhD students based on the Northwestern Chicago campus to work on their entrepreneurial projects. The office is outfitted with private desks, collaborative co-working spaces, a conference room, sound proof privacy booths, and white board walls.

To gain 24/7 Wildcard access to The Sardine Bar, Northwestern students must be working on an entrepreneurial or innovation project and complete a Student Founder application. For more information on becoming a Student Founder, please email

The unique space was originally a jazz bar called “The Gold Star Sardine Bar,” hosting musical greats like Tony Bennett, Liza Minelli, and Bobby Short. We’ve kept the exterior signage intact and are using a portion of the original name to pay homage to this fun piece of Chicago history.

You can learn more about The Sardine’s Bar history on WBEZ’s Curious City, here.

Community Manager

Joo-Young Lee, Feinberg

Joo-Young is the Community Manager at The Sardine Bar, serving as a liaison and resource for students on Northwestern’s Chicago campus who are interested in getting involved with entrepreneurship. Her skillsets in startups and innovation come from past experiences at MATTER, Knight Lab, and the Segal Design Institute​. She is currently a medical student at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.​

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