TCB is committed to building an intentional community attracting creative individuals from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds. We encourage all people in the creative arts to apply regardless of race, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual preference, or status with regard to public assistance or physical challenges. We are interested in individuals who are committed to building a creative community and willing to contribute their time and energy toward this goal. The artists will organize and manage common space for music practice, a dance rehearsal space and meeting room.
Learn more about common questions by reviewing our FAQ below:
What is Cornerstone Apartments?
Cornerstone Apartments is a collection of apartments in Bronzeville’s North Washington Park neighborhood, which particularly includes 14 new apartments designed to support working artist households. These new apartments of 613 and 637 at Cornerstone have a minimum of 10-foot ceilings, large windows, utility sinks, and flexible open space, as well as in-unit washers and dryers, luxury vinyl plank floors, back porches and sleek appliances. Common space exclusively available to residents includes:
Cornerstone Apartments is surrounded by historic and relatively new arts-related organizations and businesses. Our intent is to help support the community’s continuing commitment to the arts and the artists by providing high-quality housing that fits the needs of artists and their families. Cornerstone Apartments is intentionally quite affordable and will remain that way for the long term, as will its leasing preference for working artists.
Who Manages Cornerstone Apartments?
Cornerstone Apartments is managed by The Community Builders.
Do you have to be an artist to live at Cornerstone Apartments?
Cornerstone Apartments does have income restrictions, so please see the income table below. Anyone who qualifies under those income restrictions may apply, but a leasing preference is provided to applicant heads of households who are working artists. Non-artist family members are welcome. Roommates are welcome, but preferences will be given to roommates where each is a working artist or where a household has a head of household who is a working artist and all other household members are family members.
No income need be derived from an applicant art practice, as many artists also work in other fields to pay the bills.
How do you define "artist"?
We understand that artists work within a wide spectrum of creative pursuits. Consequently, our definition of "artist" broadly includes individuals actively engaged in artistic and literary activities, including: visual arts, theater, multi-media, dance, music, writing, design, and functional art, such as furniture making. During the application process evidence of professional commitment will be requested, which can be done through:
How much is rent?
Rent is subject to change, daily. Contact us for current rental rates.
1 Bedroom- Starting at $725
2 Bedroom- Starting at $900
3 Bedroom- Starting at $1200
How much is the security deposit?
The security deposit equals one month's rent.
Can I have pets?
Pets are allowed with restrictions. No aggressive or intimidating breeds such as Akita, Alaskan Malumutes, Americana Bulldog, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Pit Bull, Presa Canarios, Rottweiler, Siberian Husky, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Wolf Hybrid.
Pets - Max 1 allowed, maximum weight 25 lb, rent $20, and deposit $350. Pet deposit is refundable.
What if I use tools and equipment that make noise?
The project has adopted some rules about noise that adhere to the City of Chicago noise ordinance. Quiet time is generally designated between 10pm and 8am Sundays' through Friday mornings and after 11pm Fridays and Saturday nights in any area within 600 feet of a residential district. Neighbors who may have quiet art forms such as writing may ask you to keep noise down when they are working.
Are all art forms allowed at Cornerstone?
Artistic processes that are extremely noisy, require industrial zoning or involve hazardous materials will not be permitted to be conducted in or adjacent to the building. For example, welding, woodworking using power tools, or glass blowing would not be allowed. Amplified musical or dance practice is only allowed in the tenant common space and within the stated rules for those spaces.
How do I apply?
There are three steps to the application process for rental of units at Cornerstone Apartments:
The Cornerstone Selection Committee is drawn from local artists and community organizations as well as 1-2 members of the Property Management team. The process is friendly and informal, but we take it very seriously; we want residents of Cornerstone to be committed artists and good neighbors, and we're sure you'd want this too. The selection committee does not judge the content or quality of an applicant’s artistic work.
What questions will the selection committee ask?
The questions are based on selection criteria and asked of every artist applicant. One is a demonstrated commitment to art. The second is a desire to live in and contribute to a community, both within the building and the broader Bronzeville community.
Who can live in Cornerstone Apartments? Are there income restrictions?
Cornerstone Apartments is made possible with financing that encourages affordable housing. As a result, household income limitations do apply. If you intend to qualify for an affordable unit, you will be required to provide financial information evidencing household income.
The applicant must demonstrate a financial ability to pay his/her monthly contribution toward the rent of the unit.
Property Management will verify the amount and source of the applicant's income, assets, and expenses. The credit, criminal and eviction records of the applicant will be obtained through a credit reporting agency with service fees payable by the applicant.
Income Limits: HUD income limits are released yearly. Contact us for information on current limits.
Is there a waiting list?
If an applicant is preliminarily approved and there are no available units, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list. Two waiting lists will be maintained for the project: one for preference and artist applicants, and the other for non-preference and non-artist applicants. Applicants who complete and return the enclosed materials but who are not contacted for an interview will receive a letter stating that they have been placed on the applicable waiting list and will be informed of their position on such list. Placement on a waiting list will be based on the order in which the completed applications are received by Metroplex management. If there are qualified preference applicants or qualified artist applicants on a waiting list, such persons will be given preference over any qualified non-preference or non-artist applicant. If there are no qualified preference applicants on a waiting list, applications of qualified non-artist applicants will be processed further on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants claiming a preference will be notified if they are placed on the non-preference waiting list.
How does the credit report affect my application?