The Zooo

Known as the Zooo, MOSAIC’s oldest house is located at the corner of Sherman Avenue and Foster Street, surrounded by lots of big old trees. It’s just two blocks from Northwestern University’s Evanston campus, one block from the Foster El station, and about two blocks from downtown Evanston. Since 2004, generations of MOSAIC co-opers have made this lovely house into a home.



People appreciating each other with kind words and hugs. A discussion on the philosophy underpinning a piece of modern literature. Warm vegetarian food being stirred by a few co-opers. What do all these things have in common? They all take place in the Zooo, often at the same time, in adjoining rooms. And sometimes even in the same room. Living in the Zooo means you’re not just some person living in a house, but rather part of a family.

We’re dedicated to improving ourselves as people and engaging the world around us. Community and student groups that Zooo residents are involved in meet in our house, and we incorporate environmental sustainability and anti-oppression into how we run things. Our open mic nights and dance parties are not to miss, either!

Zooo animals eating dinner!


The Zooo is a spacious turn-of-the-century house, with three levels above ground and a basement. We have a storage room, two washing machines and two dryers, three full bathrooms, a large common room and dining room, and lots of natural light. We have a galley-style kitchen, with commercial-style stainless-steel counter tops, a six-burner gas stove an oven, and two large refrigerators. We also maintain a considerable arsenal of kitchenware, herbs, and spices.

In the warmer months, co-opers can be spotted relaxing and working on our front porch, with enough seats for everyone and a scenic view of Sherman Avenue.

Utilities for this house include: gas, electricity, water, and internet. We also compost our organic waste.

Most importantly, this house is filled with awesome co-opers and memorabilia of 13 years of cooperative living!


The Zooo has room for 13 people in a mix of singles and doubles. Because of the house’s architecture, the sizes and shapes of the rooms vary widely. For information on room rates, click here.

All rooms come furnished with, at minimum, a bed/mattress. Many rooms come with additional furniture, like dressers and desks.