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Last updated: January 20, 2014 (6 months ago)
Listing created on: June 8, 2008

The Roost

(Chicago, Illinois, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2007  Established: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://theroostchicago.tumblr.com/
  • Contact Name: Regina Barry
  • Phone: 7737612632
  • 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 call or email us. We love having folks over for dinner, and welcoming new and old friends to the community!

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    We are looking for 1 new member for a Nov. 1 vacancy.

Mission Statement:

social justice, sustainability

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 the 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.

Our mission statement is as follows:
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.


  • Adult Members: 6
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


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

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban
  • 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
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Members contribute 1% of monthly income to a shared account.

    One night weekly cooking and dishes, plus house chores.

    A safety deposit.

    Monthly rent and food costs are roughly $350-450 each month. We also do 1% income-sharing.


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegan
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: We have a small garden plot.

    All house food is vegetarian and commmunity dinners are vegan/gluten-free. 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,

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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.