Stone Soup Cooperative

Chicago, Illinois, United States

  • Last updated: February 24, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: October 14, 2004

Mission Statement

Joy and Justice

Community Description

Stone Soup is an urban intentional community dedicated to joy and justice. Our members are organizers, teachers, social workers, students, artists, and others doing creative work for social change. We support each other’s commitment to social justice with a caring, creative, and fun living environment.

Stone Soup is made up of 38 members in three properties. Two houses are in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood and the third is in the McKinley Park neighborhood. Communal dinners are held five nights a week, including a weekly Tuesday potluck that is open to the public (please call ahead).


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


  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:

    1 property is rented, 2 are owned


  • Adult Members: 39
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We accommodate short-term visitors who make arrangements in advance. Call ahead to reserve guest space.

  • Open to new Members: Yes


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


  • Join Fee: $500
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $500
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 3
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    3-7 hours per week

    $300 – $1000 Member Share

    $400 – $640 Monthly Charges

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Common meals are vegetarian, Individuals may prepare their own meals as they please

  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual