Welcome to Oak Park Commons Cohousing

Strength in Community

Illinois’ first cohousing community fosters intergenerational connection, diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome all those who share our vision 



About Us

Established in January 2018, our group now has eight households who finalized site selection, land purchase and architectural design with the assistance of member builder Jonathan Shack and architect Foster Dale.

As future neighbors we not only learned to pool our resources, but how to negotiate the details of living together (e.g., privacy, noise, pets,…), govern ourselves (consensus building and resident work assignments) and attract new members.

Our building will have 24 one, two, and three bedroom condos with ample fifth floor common areas supporting common resident meals, social events, group meetings, fireside chats, streaming, gardening, exercise, yoga and more. 


Promising to share when purchasing a unit fuels the solidarity that binds us together. Security assured not only by cameras and locks, but the attention and care of resident neighbors. Efficiency gained not only with a high quality building, but meal sharing, bartering and care giving. Sustainability offered not just by energy saving technology, but ride sharing, cycling, and walking.

What is Cohousing?

Cohousing is a residential community of private homes or condos that share a common space intentionally designed to foster social interaction among neighbors and create a safe and friendly environment for kids and seniors alike. Voluntary interaction and interdependency among households at different stages of the life cycle reduces the prospect for social isolation and dependency.

Why Choose Cohousing?

If you like a daily dose of other people beyond your household, cohousing offers just what you need. You meet many of your neighbors before moving in, finding a place in the social community as you settle into your own private dwelling. Participating periodically in social activities and building management work contributes to the welfare of your neighbors as it inspires personal conversation and friendships.

Upcoming Events

Join us for a Welcome Summer Potluck Brunch

Sunday, June 9, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Susan and Charlie’s home

631 S. Harvey, Oak Park, IL 60304


No RSVP required. Email info@oakparkcommons.com for more information.

Oak Park Commons Cohousing hosts monthly public meetings, via Zoom, on the second Thursday of the month.

Our next Public Meeting is June 13, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time. 

Click here to get the Zoom link if you’re not already on our mailing list.
Strength in community


Successful communities share core values & vision such as inclusiveness, diversity and sense of community. 


Cohousing is designed to increase interaction between neighbors, sharing resources and working together to sustain a diverse and inclusive residential community.


People value the sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves and living amongst people who share your core values and convictions.


Knowing your neighbors and sharing tasks, food, friendships and more reduces uncertainty in the face of unexpected problems or threats.


Sharing strategies complement eco-friendly & energy-efficient building features as residents eat meals together, ride share and shop share.

Giving does not only precede receiving; it is the reason for it. It is in giving that we receive.
Israelmore Ayivor