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Open House: Come Explore Life at the HUB!

The HUB Housing Coop is excited to announce…

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


 

New Date!

Sunday, 30 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

Growing Season in Review

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.

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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. We look forward to selling that unit and introducing a new member (or more) soon. Also – some of us are hoping to bring in new pets in the spring – chickens!

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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. This was an expansion of a project that started years ago, which created the wonderful container garden beds we were starting with. 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.

Maybe next year, we’ll be able to use more of the courtyard that gets the best light for native and edibles gardening. In the meantime, we are pretty happy with the results of this latest phase.

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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; 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!

Harvesting Compost at the Huuuuuuuub!

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.

Compost Bin

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.

Or manually shift through into the wheelbarrowWe* made filtering boxes out of wood and something resembling chicken wire. You shovel the compost bits from the bin into the filter box over a wheelbarrow. You can either sit next to the set-up and manually sift the goods into the wheelbarrow. The idea is that the stuff that’s ready goes into the wheelbarrow, while the dirt that’s still too gooey and wet stays in the filter.

*To be fair, I had nothing to do with it! They were made before I joined the coop. 

You can make your own filter box

You have to wear overalls. And gloves.

You have to wear overalls.

 

 

 

 

 

This stuff will get tossed back into the pile

This still “green” stuff will get tossed back into the pile

One thing you have to do is filter out the garbage from the compost

One thing you have to do is filter out the garbage from the compost

The stuff that doesn’t make it through the filter that’s too clumpy and wet, I toss in a pile on a tarp or large plastic garbage bag. After distributing the good stuff into the garden, I mix that overly “green” compost back in the bin with more browns.

 

Inevitably, some garbage ends up in the pile. Our most common non-compostables we fish out are produce stickers (remember to pull them off right when you bring them home from the store) and the stray credit cards that made it through the shredder with the newspapers used as browns. Some tea bags don’t compost as well, so you can open them up and just put the innards back in. And there’s the occasional small toy or spoon that finds its way in there…

The best part is distributing the final product into the garden!

The best part is distributing the final product into the garden!

Once you’ve got your good mix into the wheelbarrow, you then get to shovel it into and spread it around the garden! Yum, your garden instantly looks fresh and rich, and the worms get to work enriching the soil to make yummier veggies and prettier flowers.

As I like to say, enjoy your homemade dirt, you hippies!

Sunny 1-bedroom unit for sale

Sunny 1-bedroom available in the HUB housing cooperative in Little Village

The HUB Co-op is a member-owned housing cooperative on Marshall Boulevard. We’re an intentional community, and we value cooperation, fun, responsibility, and openness.

NEW! Check out our listing on ForSaleByOwner.com: tinyurl.com/HUBCoop123

  • Huge windows throughout
  • Eat-in kitchen looks out onto green courtyard

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  • Laundry and wi-fi included
  • Recently renovated

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  • Vegetable and flower garden, common courtyard, storage space
  • Woodworking shop and bike workshop for member use
  • Convenient to shopping, public transportation and parks
  • Dogs and cats welcome!
  • Kid friendly!

The unit is approximately 950 square feet, with hard-wood floors, enormous windows, and ten foot ceilings. Appliances such as a gas stove, refrigerator, and microwave are included. New furnace.

Members share a common courtyard for gardening, grilling, and hanging out. The basement has storage space, laundry, and communal workspace. A partial green roof, composting, and a garden are a few of our projects. Hopefully chickens to come in 2015!

The HUB Coop is close to schools, parks, the Pink line, several bus routes & good bike routes. Marshall Boulevard is a beautiful grassy and treelined street with a protected bike lane and a proposed Divvy Station.

Asking $8,000 buy-in (negotiable–make us an offer!). The HUB provides financing. A monthly payment covers your part of the mortgage and the co-op’s carrying charge. For this unit, the mortgage and the carrying charge totals approximately $975 right now. (Membership decides budgeting and financial issues.) This monthly fee pays for most costs of ownership, including property tax, building insurance, repairs, projects, common utilities and adding to the reserve.  There are also a couple of additional charges that are per person -– gas for hot water and wifi. So the total depends on the number of residents. Remember, you’re an owner, so you can deduct your share of the mortgage interest and property tax.

 

HUB photo garden

Unit R3 for sale SOLD!

Hi, and welcome!  If you’ve just found us, please take a look at this photo tour of Unit R3, and then read our About page to learn more about us and who we are as a cooperative.

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We (Sarah and Sam) love this studio.  It’s spacious yet comfy.  Lots of daylight from the skylights.  Great kitchen.  We’re relocating, and we’re seeking the next great co-op member–you?

Features:

  • open layout
  • lots of daylight from the skylights.  One skylight opens for roof access.
  • efficient, easy-to-use kitchen
  • sunny breakfast nook plus space for dining table
  • huge & luxurious soaking tub
  • nice soft (waterproof) cork floor makes you want to dance or do yoga
  • You can watch movies projected onto the wall.
  • easy to heat, warm in winter
  • all snugly nestled under green roof.

Asking $4,000 buy-in (negotiable–make us an offer!).  The HUB provides financing!  There’s a monthly fee that covers your part of the mortgage and the co-op’s carrying charge.  Your part of the mortgage is $533.20.  The carrying charge is $425 right now (will likely go up a little bit soon).  This pays for most costs of ownership, including property tax, building insurance, repairs, projects, and adding to the reserve.  There are also a couple of charges that are per person–hot water and wifi.  So the total comes to $991.56 for one person, $1010.81 for two, etc.  Remember, you’re an owner, so you can deduct your share of the mortgage interest and property tax.

Please contact Sarah sarahbikes@gmail.com or Sam treechunk@gmail.com for more details.

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These built-in closets are part of the bedroom area.  This one has a sweater drawer and a tray for jewelry or small items.  All 3 clothes cabinets have a hanging bar and drawers.  The cabinets to the left have large shelf areas to keep your things out of the way.

These built-in closets are part of the bedroom area. This one has a sweater drawer and a tray for jewelry or small items. All 3 clothes cabinets have a hanging bar and drawers. The cabinets to the left have large shelf areas to keep your things out of the way.

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View of the living room/bedroom side of the unit

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There's a tall pull-out pantry too.
There’s a tall pull-out pantry too.

Cozy spot to eat.

Cozy spot to eat.

Tub side of the bathroom!

Tub side of the bathroom!

 

Full-on tub

Full-on tub

Entry closet/shelves

Entry closet/shelves

A view from the courtyard

A view from the courtyard

Our green roof when it was first installed.

Our green roof when it was first installed.

We were featured in the Sun Times! (this pic shows some past owners and does not show some current owners)

We were featured in the Sun Times! (this pic shows some past owners and does not show some current owners)

 

 

 

 

thai peanut butter sandwiches

I found this super easy awesome recipe for thai peanut butter sandwiches. Think grilled  cheese, except made with peanut butter spiced up like Thai peanut sauce.

I’ve made it a few times. It’s so delicious, and always a big hit. I’ve tweaked it somewhat to scale it up for parties and make it easier, and also make it just a little more flavorful.

the ingredients:

  • half a jar of natural-style peanut butter
  • five or six limes
  • about five tablespoons of soy sauce
  • about five tablespoons of brown sugar
  • a five or six inch fat finger of ginger root
  • and a small squeeze of sriracha to taste (remember to respect the hot cock)
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had a couple quarter-jars of peanut butter lying around.

  • a loaf of good whole grain bread
  • half a tub of butter or butter substitute
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yes, that’s not a whole loaf. Do as I say, not as I do.

First, peel and chop the ginger root. I always cut it in big chunks and feed it to my food processor (actually my stick blender’s food-processor attachment–this batch is small enough to fit it).

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Then, add the peanut butter, squeeze the limes, add the brown sugar and soy sauce, and mix. If you’re using a food processor, just add it to the chopped ginger.

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Taste it. The ginger might be  a little weak at this point–that’s ok, it will come out more in the cooking, and more if you do this step overnight. You can add a bit of sriracha if you like, but not too much.

Put a pan on medium heat. Add butter when it’s good and hot (always add your cooking oil to a hot pan–it will clean up more easily later.)

Then, make a peanut butter sandwich with it. Add cilantro if you like. Butter both sides. Fry each side 2 minutes.

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Take your fried sandwich, cut it in quarters and set it aside.

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ah, perfection.

Repeat till you run out of Thai peanut butter or bread. You can even get a whole assembly-line thing going if you want.

Serve hot.

HUB monthly brunch

Monthly brunch is back! Come on over Sunday March 3rd from 11am – 3pm for some good food and great conversations. We’ll have coffee and tea and some yummy dishes, but please bring a dish of your own to share as well. Can’t wait to see you all! Please rsvp via facebook with an idea of what you’ll be bringing.

Pie Party

Hi everyone! We’re having a great big pie party on Sunday December 2nd in unit R3. We’re asking for a $5 donation OR a HOME MADE pie (the home made is the important part, rather than spend more than $5 on a store bought pie, you should just bring cash). The party will go from noon to 4pm, and will be DELICIOUS.