Seven students had the vision of starting a student-run business at Loyola University Chicago. After crafting a business plan, it was passed to an entrepreneurship MBA class at Loyola's Quinlan School of Business as a case study. The students pitched the plan to the university and later assumed responsibility for a $3.2 million asset and launched the first student-run guesthouse in the nation. In 2010, The Flats at Loyola Station opened its doors. Since its opening, The Flats at Loyola Station has maintained a luxury rating online and is a popular stay for guests of Loyola University Chicago, students, tourists, and more.
ChainLinks is the nation’s first student run bicycle shop. Running as a not for profit organization, ChainLinks strives to promote sustainability through clean bicycle transportation while engaging with the community at volunteer events. Our staff continues to maintain a Specialized rental fleet while providing bike maintenance services to the greater Chicagoland area.