The Roost

Chicago, Illinois, United States

  • Last updated: May 22, 2015 (2 years ago)
  • Listing created on: June 8, 2008

Mission Statement

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.

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 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.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2007
  • Start Living Together: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Jaxon Blayke
  • Address:
    1245 W Jarvis #2
    Chicago, Illinois, 60626
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.)


  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments:

    Landlord – owner occupied rental building.


  • Adult Members: 6
  • Percent Women: 11-20%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 11-20%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Check out our website, get acquainted with what we’re about; then email us. We love having folks over for dinner, and welcoming new and old friends to the community!

  • Open to new Members: No


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


  • Join Fee: $320
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Members contribute 2% (capped at $20) of monthly income to a shared account.

    One night weekly cooking and dishes, plus house chores.

    A security deposit of $320 that is refundable with a 30 day notice of moving out.

    Monthly rent and food costs are roughly $350-450 each month. We also do 2% income-sharing.

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay), Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    All house food and community dinners are vegetarian . Members are allowed to purchase and prepare non-vegetarian items.

  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations



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