Amy Karatz: Chicago, IL

Launching Urban Cohousing to Soften City Life

500 Communities comes at a perfect time as Amy prepares to launch the first cohousing in Illinois. She hopes to facilitate the development of both intergenerational and senior communities.

She’s been at the forefront of several major building projects, dealing with developers, the Wrigley Field ballpark, four aldermen, the city, the gay political establishment and many community organizations.

Her work in home staging brings her in close contact with the way people want to live. She believes Chicagoans, already used to small living spaces, will find cohousing an attractive benefit to condominium life. Chicago is a city of apartments, and she hope to turn some of the smaller buildings into cohousing.

She’s driven to find an antidote to the challenges of building community in large cities. Though vibrant, these areas can be lonely, and she believes life in cohousing can ease some of the physical and emotional difficulties of city life.

AmyContact Info

Planning cohousing presentations for the Chicago area soon. Stay tuned!

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