The Chicago Collective

Last updated: April 7, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: October 9, 2012

The Chicago Collective

(Chicago, Illinois, Ravenswood, United States)

Mission Statement:

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, organic communal meals
(some f2f, some on-the-go) and personal growth.

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.


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: yoga, meditation

    primarily eastern, open to other (progressive) traditions

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eastern
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Land owned by: An absentee landlord
  • Current Number of Residences: 1

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: No


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: Generally 30 mins/wk for household duties

    Security deposit



  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


  • Additional 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.


Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)


organic, car-free, eco

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge