What is 1871? 1871 is Chicago's center for technology and entrepreneurship. Founded in 2012, 1871 was created to support Chicago’s digital startup community. Since that time, it has become the hub for the city’s thriving technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Today 1871 is the home of more than 400 early-stage, high-growth digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 120,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators, industry-specific incubators, tech talent schools, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition — the state’s leading technology advocate, a number of Chicago-based VCs, and the Harris Public Policy Evening Master's Program at 1871. Harris Pubic Policy and 1871 share a passion for innovative thinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, data, and technology. Students in the Evening Master's will gain access to 1871 as well as the latest technology and social science methods to design policies that work for their organizations and society.