The Friedman Place Residence from the Front Entrance

Marie playing the accordion

Welcome to Friedman Place


Friedman Place is a non-profit Supportive Living Community for blind and visually impaired adults in Chicago. Our building has been designed with the needs of the blind and visually impaired in mind. Each resident has a private studio or one-bedroom apartment, with a kitchenette and bathroom. A full range of services and activities is provided so that residents’ days are healthy, dignified, and stimulating.

To learn more about Friedman Place, click About in the menu to the left or click Audio or scroll down for an audio introduction.

We enjoyed getting to meet you and hope to see you again soon. Information on volunteer opportunities can be found here. To contact us for more information or to apply for residency, click here.





Logo of a white plate on a black background with the text, 'Dining in the dark experience at Friedman Place'

Sunday, June 3, 2018

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Friedman Place, 5527 N. Maplewood, Chicago, IL


Please contact Laura Roth at (773) 409-6129 for more information

Join us for dinner, dessert, and interesting conversation, in the dark. Learn about blindness from staff and residents; take a brief walk ‘in their shoes” 

This unique experience will feature approximately 45 minutes of immersion in total darkness for dinner and a Q & A session with our facilitators.  A brief orientation will be provided, that includes tips to  help you adjust to eating in total darkness.

Remember - people who are blind don’t necessarily ‘see’ the world as dark.  Total darkness creates an environment in which people with sight will have some idea of what it means to be visually impaired.

Jalapeños in the Oatmeal: A blog about vision loss by Friedman Place social worker Jeff Flodin:  

Watch the video below for a look into life at Friedman Place!

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Click on the Play icon below to hear an audio introduction to Friedman Place:


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Click here for a transcript of the audio introduction: Transcript



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