Relax Rewind: Yoga, Mimosas, Mario Kart & more!

If you missed Relax Rewind, our 90’s yoga experience this past Tuesday, chill with us and let’s get you filled in. The calming aura in the room was brought on as soon as Yogi Andrea Pappas stepped onto her mat and began leading the mix of veteran and rookie yogis through their first stretches. Everyone was decked out in their favorite throwback fashions, with a rainbow of different colored yoga pants on display and even a full Beanie Baby [Read more…]

Tequila on a Wednesday? Why not.

When National Margarita Day is on a Wednesday, we drink anyway! On February 22nd, Five to Nine hosted Exposition: Margarita—the first in a brand new series dedicated to bringing new takes on classic and favorite drinks to our members. With the help of the wonderful staff at Barcocina, the night was a great success. We kicked things off with half priced margaritas to start the night, all custom designed by the skilled bartenders on Barcocina’s [Read more…]

How Turning Down Obama Led to One Founder’s Success

Last week, we had our Appy Hour speaker series at Grind coworking space. We featured three founders who pitched their businesses to the audience before our special guest, Mike McGhee, the Co-Founder of The Starter League, took the stage. After graduating from Northwestern University, Mike threw himself into his idea. He taught himself how to code and brainstormed with his co-founder how they could teach others. Meeting with VCs about the idea first seemed promising, [Read more…]

5 Steps to Developing Your Personal Brand

In the digital world that we live in today, the term “brand” has become ubiquitous. Everywhere we look, businesses are focusing on crafting unique profiles that set them apart from their competitors and are constantly seeking to promote their products or services through various channels. After all, a strong brand is one of the most critical components for prolonged success. For individuals too, personal branding is crucial for your professional goals. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, [Read more…]

Things to do in Chicago: New Year’s Eve Edition

Now that Christmas has passed and presents have been opened (or maybe returned), it’s time to get crackin’ on those New Year’s Eve plans. Finally, a tumultuous 2016 has come to an end–we’ve been ready to usher in 2017 for what seems like forever. Luckily, with Chicago being Chicago, there’s no shortage of alcohol, parties, fireworks, and good times all around to celebrate the new year. Here’s a few events that are guaranteed to kick [Read more…]

5 Ways to Negotiate Yourself Into A Better Salary

Throughout history, David has been celebrated as the courageous shepherd boy that defeated the much more powerful and massive giant Goliath. On the surface, David appeared to be the underdog. Yet contrary to popular belief, this story has a much deeper lesson. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants’, Gladwell reveals that “Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give [Read more…]

Networking for Those Who Don’t Like to Network

Networking seems to be one of those unpleasant facts of life, and it has become increasingly necessary for millennials who are trying to get ahead or stand out from their peers. Networking can be terrifying for those who are uncomfortable with the idea of selling themselves. It’s an inorganic situation that can feel awkward. But when used correctly, networking can be one of the most powerful tools for advancing your personal and professional goals, whether [Read more…]

October in Chicago: 5 Things to do

October in Chicago is our favorite time of the year. The weather is that perfect balance between cool autumn breezes and sunny skies. And along with pumpkins, vibrant foliage, and rich palates, comes many new activities that the city has to offer. Check out these fun spots with family and friends before the snow comes along! Honey Hill Orchard Where: 11747 Waterman Rd, Waterman, IL 60556 Located an hour’s drive from downtown Chicago, Honey Hill [Read more…]

3 Ways to Combat the Fear of Missing Out

Contributed by Guest Blogger, Michel Valbrun The Story It was all good just a week ago. I headed to gym with plans of hitting the weights—hawrd! I marched into Planet Fitness and headed straight for the 70-pound dumbbells. I threw on my headphones and started blasting Quentin Miller’s Drake’s “Energy”. As soon as I lay on the flat bench, my Samsung Galaxy 4 fell out of my pocket and onto the floor. In my arrogance, [Read more…]

Insider with Shark Tank Queen and Celeb Influencer: Kaeya Majmundar

Last Wednesday night, Five to Nine held its second “Appy Hour” installment at Grind, the latest coworking space in the Loop! We were excited to be featuring Kaeya Majmundar, the CEO of Kaeyos, Inc. in our fireside chat. Kaeya is a recent graduate of Emory University and was featured on Shark Tank for her BZbox collapsible storage boxes. For her idea, she received an investment offer from Lori Greiner. Since then, Kaeya has gone on to [Read more…]