MOSAIC Co-op is looking for Summer subletters!

Posted April 23, 2015 by mosaic2000

Are you looking for a place to live over the summer?  MOSAIC Co-op’s house on Sherman and Foster may be the place for you!
We have many rooms available from mid June to mid September, with room rates depending on size generally between $450 and $550 per month.  As a subletter, you’d be welcomed into the MOSAIC community.  MOSAIC strives to live intentionally and cooperatively through nightly meals made by other co-opers, communal chores,  and events and parties.  If you think you’d be interested in living at the Co-op, shoot us an email here. Our subletting committee will reply to help you learn more about the house and get you set up!

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MOSAIC Co-op is looking for Summer subletters!

Posted April 23, 2015 by mosaic2000

Are you looking for a place to live over the summer?  MOSAIC Co-op’s house on Sherman and Foster may be the place for you!
We have many rooms available from mid June to mid September, with room rates depending on size generally between $450 and $550 per month.  As a subletter, you’d be welcomed into the MOSAIC community.  MOSAIC strives to live intentionally and cooperatively through nightly meals made by other co-opers, communal chores,  and events and parties.  If you think you’d be interested in living at the Co-op, shoot us an email here. Our subletting committee will reply to help you learn more about the house and get you set up!

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MOSAIC Co-op is looking for Summer subletters!

Posted April 23, 2015 by mosaic2000

Are you looking for a place to live over the summer?  MOSAIC Co-op’s house on Sherman and Foster may be the place for you!
We have many rooms available from mid June to mid September, with room rates depending on size generally between $450 and $550 per month.  As a subletter, you’d be welcomed into the MOSAIC community.  MOSAIC strives to live intentionally and cooperatively through nightly meals made by other co-opers, communal chores,  and events and parties.  If you think you’d be interested in living at the Co-op, shoot us an email here. Our subletting committee will reply to help you learn more about the house and get you set up!

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9th Annual Housing Cooperatives Gathering

Posted April 22, 2015 by marksmithivas

A free celebration of cooperation and
communities in Chicago
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Whether you’re part of an established housing cooperative or exploring cooperative living as a homeownership option, we hope that you’ll join us for a day of learning, networking and good food!

At this half-day gathering, the following topics will be covered:
Fair Housing: What does your cooperative need to know to be in compliance?
Marketing/Recruitment/Networking: Learn about a tool under development to help match people looking for a cooperative, see the existing digital cooperative community presence and brainstorm how to expand, and hear about cooperation among cooperatives in Chicago.
Understanding your Financial Statements: Learn how to read your financial statements and budget for a rainy day.
Conflict Resolution: Learn how to work through conflict using interest-based bargaining.
Open Space Sessions: Bring topics that you’d like to discuss with others!

Invite with Registration to Follow!
WHEN: Saturday, June 27, 10:30 am-3:00 pm
WHERE: Stone Soup Cooperative – Ashland House, 4637 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL
POTLUCK: Bring a side dish or dessert to pass; hot dogs and burgers (including vegan and vegetarian options) will be provided.
PARKING: Street parking is available, but transit, carpooling and biking are encouraged!
For more information, visit CCLF’s website or contact the workshop coordinator,
Aaron Akers, at (312) 252-0442 or workshop@cclfchicago.org.

Winter Recruitment Brunch!

Posted February 9, 2015 by mosaic2000

Our annual Winter Brunch for prospective members will be this coming Sunday, February 15th!
If you’re interested in living in MOSAIC but want to learn a little more first, this is the perfect time to see the house, meet the community and get a taste of our amazing cooking.
Check out the event on Facebook! We hope to see you there!

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Applications for the 2015 – 2016 School Year are Live!

Posted January 12, 2015 by mosaic2000

Join our community!
Applications are live!
Apply ASAP, admissions are rolling.
If you’d like to know more about MOSAIC send us an email, or write to us on Facebook.  We have dinner 5 nights a week, let us know if you’d like to attend one night to learn more about the Co-op (or to just hang out, visitors always welcome).
Check out the application if you’re interested here.

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Growing Season in Review

Posted November 2, 2014 by corriegirl

Well, it’s not quite the end of the year, but as the growing season winds down, it seems like a good time to look back and share what all we’ve accomplished this year.

Douglas park from car window

Autumn view of nearby Douglas Park

People and Pets!

We started out the year with three new members — Saba, D’Avon, and Astrid. We also were happy to welcome Wally, a Chihuahua pup that Glenn and Noreen rescued from the neighborhood.  We also said farewell to our tenant in R2 and have been busy getting that unit ready for sale.

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John brings the bedroom walls back to life

 

Jayson & Corrie make the windows shine

Jayson & Corrie make the windows shine

D'Avon makes the stove glow

D’Avon makes the stove glow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pavement & Planting

Our biggest achievement of the year was in April, when we ripped out a bunch of pavement in the courtyard to make way for a new style of gardening. Over a few days this spring, we removed the concrete between our existing planters and the fence. Everyone had a blast trying the different tools, though we definitely learned our lesson, that the jackhammer got us the best bang for our buck. Jayson’s dad even came down from Wisconsin, and we have named our friend Anthony an honorary Hubbie for his commitment to the project.

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We used some of these enormous pieces to make a concrete table, and to line the fence

Glenn Wields Weapon

Until we got the jackhammer, our progress was slow and taxing

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Remnants of the container garden, now expanded to be a walkable growing space

Jim & Jayson celebrate a breakthrough against the concrete.

Jim & Jayson celebrate a breakthrough against the concrete.

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…And it was all worth it!

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Butterfly and herb garden

Places, Protests, and Potential!

All told, our members traveled to Mexico, Argentina, California, Georgia, Ohio, New York, and probably a few other places this year. We also participated in advocating for bike lanes in the neighborhood; talked with our neighbors about how to address the problems of street violence on the boulevard; protested in solidarity with the struggle in Ferguson; watched many hours of the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Agents of Shield; and worked to build community in Chicago through the bicycling, Buddhist, hacker, artist, and activist worlds.

Members & friends at the fall fire party

Members & friends at the fall fire party

We are in the process of finding the perfect person or people to be the next HUB members, to move into R2. We are hopeful that the next member(s) will bring lots of energy, skills, fun, and a certain amount of nerdiness to join us for the road ahead. Know someone who would be a good fit? Send them our way!

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Open House: Come Explore Life at the HUB!

Posted November 2, 2014 by corriegirl

The HUB Housing Coop is excited to announce…

We are hosting an Open House to showcase unit R2, which is now available for sale.


 

Saturday, 8 November, 1-4pm

2358 S Marshall Blvd., Chicago 60623


Come check it out, meet a few HUB members, and enjoy some snacks and hot beverages.

See our posting on ForSaleByOwner.com: http://tinyurl.com/HubCoop123

 

R2 photo living area

The large living room features extensive Southern exposure, for full day of sunshine and tree views.

A view from the courtyard

A view from the courtyard

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Harvesting Compost at the Huuuuuuuub!

Posted October 26, 2014 by corriegirl

Hi Friends,
One of my favorite things about living at the HUB is that I have learned about compost! I have even become the Compost Czar! And invented a song that is to be sung during the ritual (see post title). I thought I’d share some tips about how we do it here.
I love compost, because it enriches our soil and helps the garden. It’s also tremendously satisfying to make rich dirt out of kitchen scraps. And I’ve even enjoyed the dirty, stinky process of it, and the joy of finding squirmy worms through the work.
We keep our bin close to the edge of the property, so it’s away from the hang-out area, but not so close to neighbors/the sidewalk that people can smell/complain about it
First, you build up the compost in the bin, by adding the good stuff! Any organic matter will do – but leave out any meat/animal products, or the rats will find it too tempting, and it will be smelly. You can store your compost in a bin in the freezer or on your counter. Add “browns” and sift with a pitchfork about once every few weeks or monthly, so that the greens/wet stuff mixes with the drier material. We use shredded newspaper for our browns, and also end up adding in a lot of coffee grounds and also occasional ash from fire parties.
We harvest about four times a year — early spring, mid-summer, late summer, and late fall. We are a building with six units/ten humans, so we use two compost bins. While one is “brewing,” we just let it hang, and add to the other one for awhile.
We* made filtering boxes out of wood and something resembling chicken wire. You shovel the compost bits from the bin into the (Read more…)

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Logan Square Cooperative Annual Open House

Posted August 29, 2014 by marksmithivas

Our cooperative’s annual open house is Sunday September 7th. We invite anyone interested in learning more about cooperative living, and/or starting your own housing co-op.

More info and to RSVP, please visit:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/logan-square-cooperative-annual-open-house