The Windy City is famous for its sports teams, music and art, but did you know that it also has a thriving tech scene? The Chicago tech job market was ranked the sixth largest in the nation in 2016 by real estate firm CBRE with a 34.9 percent growth in tech employment from five years ago.
While still much more “undercover” than places like Silicon Valley, Austin and Seattle, Chicago had more than 179 startups that raised over $1.7 billion last year, according to a report by Chicago technology news outlet Built in Chicago. The city’s 10,000 yearly graduates with tech-related degrees feed startups like Avant, ParkWhiz, and Uptake, and enterprise tech companies like Groupon and Morningstar.
But even all those CS majors can’t fill local companies’ demand for developers and programmers. As a result, Coding Dojo Chicago is moving so we can accommodate more students at our campus. We’re unveiling our new space at an open house on April 6th. We’ll have plenty of food and drink, and friends and colleagues are welcome!
We’ve moved upstairs to Suite 610 on the sixth floor of 213 W Institute Place. Our new space is 9,000 square feet and includes new classrooms, new bathrooms with showers for those late night coding sessions, and (most importantly) a second kitchen for students. Never worry about running out of refrigerator space again! Coding Dojo Chicago can now accommodate 150 students per cohort and hope to graduate 360 students per year to help fill the huge demand for Chicago tech workers.