Urban Cohousing transforms the anonymity of urban living into a community experience balancing privacy and solidarity. Residents in multistory buildings know everyone along the corridors they share. Stranger danger cannot happen as residents meet resident neighbors at regular shared meals, meetings, informal gatherings, celebrations, and work groups.
Each cohousing member agrees to join and participate in the life of the community before purchasing a unit. Each household member does this in their own way. Members respect differences and household privacy. Social isolation is not an option.
Meet Oak Park
Our building at the intersection of Madison and Carpenter offers pedestrian friendly convenience. Gwendolyn Brooks middle school, a grocery co-op, drug store, bank, bus stops, CTA train station, Unity Temple, Rush Hospital, Fox Park, Scoville Park, and many restaurants are all less than 10 minutes away on foot. Madison has reduced vehicle traffic and bike lanes.
The Village commercial center is barely a mile away with the Lake Theatre, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Formula Fitness Center, Public Library, Frank Lloyd Wright Studio, and many retail and service shops. Nearby Harlem Avenue provides access to the Eisenhower Expressway linking Oak Park to the City of Chicago and the western suburbs. O’Hare International Airport is thirty minutes away.
Oak Park includes excellent K-12 schools. Lincoln public elementary school offers an optional Spanish bilingual program, Gwendolyn Brooks middle school’s wonderful performing arts opportunities and OPRF high school’s great college and career prep. The school districts actively embrace social diversity and equity goals, as do municipal elected officials and civic leaders.