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Friedman Place is a nonprofit Supportive Living Community for adults who are blind or visually impaired. Most of our residents have additional health challenges, that become more difficult to manage due to blindness. Visual impairment is what unites our residents, but each person has unique needs which are addressed by the programs and services Friedman Place provides.

FRIEDMAN PLACE'S Update on the COVID-19 Pandemic:

As of September 12, 2020, things are moving along at Friedman Place with (happily!) not much new to report. No residents have been infected and no staff since April (and that was our one and only case and the individual recovered fully!).

Lunch is still being served in the dining room during the week and residents come down in shifts and either eat in the room or take their meal to go. New activities are being added, including movies and TV shows, bingo, crosswords, walking group, and social hour.

Social distancing, the wearing of masks, and frequent disinfection of touch-areas is required at all times.

The Illinois Department of Public Health and Department of Healthcare and Family Services continue to provide guidance. Friedman Place is currently in Phase 2 of 3. See below for the link providing details


More about visitor restrictions can be found under the News & Events tab or for more information please call executive director, Alexander Brown, 773-409-6115. Thank you.

About Us

Friedman Place is much more than just a home.  Our building, located on Chicago’s northwest side is designed specifically to accommodate people who are blind with special lighting, flooring changes, handrails and “talking” elevators.  The building contains more than 75 one-bedroom or studio apartments; along with a clean welcoming place to live, residents receive meals, housekeeping, maintenance assistance, and money management.

These services are provided by an eager staff that consists of nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, activity staff, and others, even volunteers.  All staff are specially trained to work with adults with visual impairments and respond respectfully to their needs.

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Our Mission

The mission of Friedman Place is to provide housing and supportive services to adults who are blind or visually impaired. Friedman Place emphasizes resident self-determination, independence, and interaction within the community. Friedman Place strives to be a primary force among professional organizations serving adults who are blind or visually impaired.

Our Vision

At Friedman Place we value an open, vibrant, and accessible community for our residents. We also engage other stakeholders and adult non-residents who are blind or visually impaired, and seek to enrich our programs and services, utilizing community partners for the greatest benefit. We support a self-directed person-centric model of care that provides for choice, engagement, and possibility.

At a glance

% of Friedman Place’s residents have very low incomes

average number of chronic conditions most of our residents live with

% Legally Blind

% Over the age of 50

News & Highlights

a mural depicting the lakefront and Chicago skyline, with people walking with white canes in the foreground

Meet Our Staff: Adnana

Adnana, certified rehabilitation counselor of The Navigator Program, describes her role as “a bridge” between her clients and the vast array of services available

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Tony Zapata at his desk smiling at the camera

Meet Our Staff: Tony

Christian Zapata, most often known as Tony, a household nickname from his middle name Antonio, heads Friedman Place’s versatile social services department. His wide-ranging

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Upcoming & Recent Events

Nina Frenkel Concert August

23 August, 2019

Friedman Place 5527 N Maplewood Ave Chicago, IL 60625

Please join us for the final concert in this year-long series! Presenting: Musicians Joey Contreras and Beth Jargstorf Performing a variety of contemporary, eclectic, and opera style

Weaving Exhibition Reception

16 May, 2019

Budlong Woods Library 5630 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60659

Join us for a special reception concluding our exhibition of “My Mind’s Eyes Sees What My Regular Eye Cannot: Community Woven Tapestries” Where: Budlong Woods Library 5630

We encourage prospective residents and family members and friends to visit Friedman Place.

Call to schedule a personal visit or for more information.

Call (773) 989-9800