The Roost

Last updated: May 22, 2015 (6 months ago)

Listing created on: June 8, 2008

The Roost

(Chicago, Illinois, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2007
  • Start Living Together: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Jaxon Blayke
  • Address:
    1245 W Jarvis #2
    Chicago, Illinois, 60626
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Check out our website, get acquainted with what we’re about; then email us. We love having folks over for dinner, and welcoming new and old friends to the community!

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: No

Mission Statement:

In order to live more connected and sustainable lives, the members of the Roost strive to build cooperative economic models and supportive relationships. Our democratic atmosphere fosters creativity, self-expression, and faith in others. In modeling our values we practice hospitality, combat oppression, and support social and environmental movements.

Community Description:

We are a six-person household and intentional community located in the middle story of a three-flat in Rogers Park, a Chicago neighborhood on the far north side. We came together over a desire to interact more purposefully with people we live with (and hopefully apply these lessons to people outside of our household, as well).

Our common interest in social and environmental justice ties us together, though our individual approaches to these issues vary widely. Over the last few years, individual Roosties have taught bicycle mechanics, done investigative reporting, organized with a campaign against evictions, worked on a Mennonite cooperative farm, organized for higher field-worker wages, fought against gentrification, challenged militarism in schools, created a sex-positive film collective, and taught self-expression through dance.

There’s a lot going on, and part of our task is simply to set aside time for each other in common dinners and weekly meetings. Roosties share chores and costs, and make decisions by consensus. We try to structure our lives so as to minimize waste and consumption by composting, recycling, and purchasing bulk groceries. We also occasionally can and freeze food for the winter.

We strive to be trans-, queer-, sex-and body-positive.


  • Adult Members: 6
  • Percent Women: 11-20%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 11-20%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.)
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Additional Comments: Landlord – owner occupied rental building.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 2


  • Join Fee: 320
  • Additional Comments: Members contribute 2% (capped at $20) of monthly income to a shared account.

    One night weekly cooking and dishes, plus house chores.

    A security deposit of $320 that is refundable with a 30 day notice of moving out.

    Monthly rent and food costs are roughly $350-450 each month. We also do 2% income-sharing.



  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay), Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Additional comments: All house food and community dinners are vegetarian . Members are allowed to purchase and prepare non-vegetarian items.


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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations



chicago, rogers park, vegan, bikes, bicycles, community, co-op, collective, anarchist, radical, diy,

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