Sophia Community

Chicago, Illinois, United States

  • Last updated: September 11, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: October 14, 2004

Mission Statement

intentional community

Community Description

Sophia Community is an intentional community living in a lovely big house in Hyde Park, near the University of Chicago. Four young women who had all spent a year doing volunteer work in inner-city Chicago neighborhoods founded Sophia Community in 1993.

We live in Quaker House, where we manage the house and guest business on behalf of the 57th Street Meeting of Friends. We have 1 family and 4 singles in the community at present, and are open to more families.

Our key values are:
•Simple Living: communal chores, some organic food, shared community space, common household fund;
•Presence to Each Other: commitment to relationships, shared meals;
•Social Justice: we try to live the change we want;
•Spirituality: diverse, but we share spirituality together on special occasions; and
•Hospitality: we run a small guest business for traveling Quakers and others.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1992
  • Start Living Together: 1993
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Don Wedd
  • Phone: 773-955-1325
  • Community Address:
    5615 S Woodlawn Ave
    Chicago, Illinois, 60637
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.3 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit


  • Adult Members: 8
  • Child Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Phone or email to make arrangements. We may have guest rooms available; we charge for guests.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We recruit in April/May

  • Additional Comments:

    We expect some sort of spiritual practice or valuing of spirituality.


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $400
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    The guest business we conduct requires about 2 hours/week.

    Food and common expenses

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    No meat at community meals.

    No smoking inside house

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

University neighborhood

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vegetarian, shared living, hospitality, families