ABOUT US | Oak Park Cohousing | United States

Oak Park Commons cohousing seeks to build an intergenerational co-housing community within a 27 unit-family building in Oak Park, Illinois that features shared common spaces that fosters social interaction among residents, a development strategy that enables moderate, middle and upper income households to become members, and a building that promotes energy conservation practices and environmental sustainability. 

Here are Susan and Charlie to give you an overview of the project  2018:

Four households met in January 2018 and began organizing the first cohousing project for Oak Park. Committed to intergenerational diversity they began hosting information meetings for interested prospects. Arbor West Neighbors, a local non profit group https://www.arborwestneighbors.org/ sponsored the first meeting at LIVE! cafe in February 2018. 30 folks attended and more have followed at subsequent meetings held at the Oak Park Public Library.  We created a membership structure and how have four teams organizing our effort: financial-legal, membership,-marketing, development-design and the Coordinating team. 

Check out big idea proposal


Take a look at our member handbook.  It covers procedures to obtain membership, organizational structure, and decision-making procedures.

Check out Member Manual


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Sunny and Tom

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Sanjeev, Priti, and Anna

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Charlie and Susan

Heather and Jonathan


 Sean and Sheila


Our committed members come from a variety of social and geographic backgrounds and bring a host of professional experience in the fields of architecture, real estate development, urban planning, insurance, business and sociology.


I.  The physical design of shared common spaces (e.g., mail room, fireplace, dining area) will foster social interaction among residents.

  • Preparing and sharing meals on a regular basis in a common dining area (voluntary, periodic)

  • Coordinating social interaction, barter and labor exchange for services among residents

  • Common space will include space for gardening, child play and guest rooms


II.  Pursue a building design, development strategy and organizational structure that enables moderate, middle and upper income households to become members

  • Members may pay less for smaller dwelling units with fewer amenities and more for larger units  

  • Institutional relations with Village agencies secures rent subsidy for select units & households


III.  The residential buildings will be developed on a location near public transportation and pedestrian accessible shops and services.

IV.  Promote and adopt energy conservation practices in the physical construction, maintenance and use of the building and facilities.


Timeline for the establishmet an construction of the Oak Park Multi-Generational CoHousing Community
Each notch represents one month. We started February 2018