The Chicago Collective

Chicago, Illinois, United States

  • Last updated: February 18, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: October 9, 2012

Mission Statement

Foci: ecological friendly, cooperative, meditation/yoga, healthy communication, organic meals

Community Description

Cooperative housing for eco-conscious folks

We are a cooperative rooted in yoga and meditation traditions living lightly on the Earth. We strive for a carefree, car-free life based on healthy communication, personal growth and organic communal meals
(some f2f, some on-the-go).

Our co-op is in the Ravenswood neighborhood just a few blocks from the CTA Brown Line, the Ravenswood Art Corridor and two parks.

If you’re curious, drop us a line to get the conversation started. Tell us a little about yourself and we’ll get back to you shortly.


  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Land owned by: An absentee landlord


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Visitor Process:

    Just forming, no space for overnight visitors. We welcome and encourage conversations about membership.

  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    yoga, meditation

    primarily eastern, open to other (progressive) traditions


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Generally 30 mins/wk for household duties

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Community meals are prepared by the community and eaten together or separately as schedules permit.

    Community meals are organic and vegetarian.

    Use of alcohol or other substances is (very) light to non-existent. Use otherwise wouldn’t be a good fit.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eastern

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)


organic, car-free, eco, yoga