GreenRise Intentional Commmunity

Chicago, IL, Illinois, United States

  • Last updated: July 24, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: February 26, 2017

Mission Statement

We are in the process of reworking our Mission Statement.

Community Description

GreenRise Intentional Community is about sustainability in an urban environment. Our roots stem from the Ecumenical Institute/Institute of Cultural Affairs, in whose building we are housed, but we’ve been through many iterations. Although we lease space (individually) from ICA and some or many of us are either employed by or volunteer for ICA programs, we are not officially affiliated with ICA. About 33 of us live on two floors of the ICA GreenRise Learning Laboratory. We range from 15 to 88 years old and are racially/ethnically diverse.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1962
  • Start Living Together: 1963
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: sediger
  • Community Address:
    4750 N Sheridan Rd
    Chicago, IL, Illinois, 60640
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Organization, Resource, or Network
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 28
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: we lease individually from ICA, but members go through a community vetting process before ICA leases to them.


  • Adult Members: 32
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 6
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact us and describe your need. We have guest spaces via ICA for people visiting the community. We also have an open community potluck dinner towards the end of each month.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Contact us and express interest. We’ll arrange visits and interviews with our Membership Team. Once the community approves your application, ICA does a background check and executes a lease with you.


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We work together in governance. Some people have been living in this community since the early 1970s. Others have moved in within the last six months. We meet monthly for community business meetings and various teams like Home Improvement, Gatherings, Commons Care, Communications, Membership, and Expectations report on their respective areas Although we’ve adopted a super majority model with an 80% threshold, that’s just to expedite our decision-making. We generally reach consensus on most decisions.


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

    Since we lease individually from ICA, ICA has the burden of enforcing timely rent payment. It has its pros and cons.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Large Scale Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Internet, bathroooms, showers, common living rooms, kitchen, dining room
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We don’t have rules about tabacco use except for inside and next to the building.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Protestant, Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Atheist, Agnostic
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    We take care of each other, but everyone has responsibility for their own health.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Affiliations

Stone Soup has just moved into our building. Imagine that…two intentional communities in the same building. We live right around the corner from Jesus People and share events from time to time. There are also other communities with whom we have loose connections, like Benton House and Qumbya.


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