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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Friedman Place offers a wide variety of activities and outings for our residents all year round, but Summer is always busiest as there areRead More
On Sunday, June 3, Friedman Place held our first Dining in the Dark Experience Event. Over 50 guests had the unique experience of beingRead More
Upcoming & Recent Events
16 October, 2018
5527 N. Maplewood Chicago, IL 60625
Invitation for Artists to Exhibit Friedman Place, invites local artists to submit their work, to be included in an exhibition of artworks associated with vision, blindness, or
03 June, 2018
5527 N. Maplewood, Chicago, IL
Join us for a dinner, dessert, and interesting conversation, in the dark. Learn about blindness from staff and residents; take a brief walk “in their shoes”.