Qumbya Co-op

Chicago, Illinois, United States

  • Last updated: January 30, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

cheap rent and food, fun, tofu

Community Description

We’re a group of students, artists, activists, and others who share food, fun, and friendship in our three old houses. We cook vegetarian/vegan homemade food and dine together most nights. Members participate by cooking (once every few weeks), by doing a chore (from shopping for organic produce to vacuuming), and by coming to weekly meetings. We also work on the house together, doing minor maintenance with our own people power.

Our houses are great for people new to the area–or anyone sick of the apartment blues. We are a diverse community accepting of many different lifestyles. It’s a terrific situation for those seeking community, a chance to gain new skills and to share with others. We are in Chicago, near the University of Chicago, and close to the downtown loop. If you’re interested, give a call or write email. We’d love to have you over for dinner!


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


  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 1
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit


  • Adult Members: 51
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Visitors should email the membership coordinators of the house they want to visit to schedule a dinner visit. Dinners start at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., depending on the house.

  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: consensus or majority, depending on the house
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    concensus or majority rule, depending on house


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    ~$170 per month for food/utilities

    ~12 hours/month

    $400-$600 per month for rent

    ~$170 per month for food/utilities

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.