Halperin House


  • Fall Apple Orchard trip with DelGiorno House
  • End of the quarter spaghetti dinner in RH apartment
  • Indiana Dunes camping trip in Fall and Spring
  • Awkward Date Night!
  • Trip to the Korean Spa


Halperin is a special place with an eclectic mix of personalities and House activities. The year kicks off with a House auction where you might bid on services provided by other members of the House such as a manicure, doing your laundry, Rubik’s cube lessons or the ever popular ‘readings out loud’ where someone will read out loud to you your favorite book. The distinctive Friday Teas provide a casual time for people to catch up with each other and decompress from the week. Teas include home baked bread and an assortment of cheeses. When the weather is nice, tea might be hosted on the Midway at the same time that people will come support or play on the intramural Frisbee team, just one of the many IM sports that Halperin will play each year. The quirky humor of the House is expressed through a love of improv comedy or if you get ‘Nick Cage-d’ (a picture of Nick Cage might pop up randomly in your room or in another place in the House). Every May 5 there is a piñata party and the heads from each year are collected and displayed in the lounge. Formal Hall is held once a quarter when the residents meet in the lounge for a formal toast and hors d’oeuvres before heading over to the dining hall to impress everyone in their best attire. A perennial House event favorite is Awkward Date Night when members of the House will invite another Housemate they don’t know well to join them at a dinner hosted at a neighborhood restaurant. More informally, people are often found doing their work in the House Lounge or taking in some karaoke. And, like many other Houses, Halperin’s House Lounge will host a weekly viewing party of popular TV shows, including Game of Thrones. The sunlit House Lounge is connected to the courtyard which allows people to flow out and play lawn games such as croquet or bocce. Sunday nights are reserved for House meetings and the minutes sometimes take the form of poetry. House trips often provide time to bond away from the confines of Hyde Park with autumn and spring camping trips to the Indiana Dunes or a visit with DelGiornio House at a Korean Spa.


Halperin House is named for Robert M. Halperin, PhB’47, emeritus University Trustee. After receiving his PhB from the College in 1947, Mr. Halperin went on to pursue graduate work and received his BSME from Cornell University in 1949, and his MBA from Harvard University in 1952. Since then, he has enjoyed a lengthy career in the field of technology manufacturing, serving the Raychem Corporation in various executive roles before co-founding Vitria Technology in 2004. He was elected as a Trustee of the University in 1981. Ruth L. Halperin received her AB from Stanford University in 1947. She married Mr. Halperin in 1956, and worked for White House and Emporium department stores while he served as an executive for Raychem. Later, she directed her energies toward volunteerism and philanthropy, becoming a great patron of the arts. She passed away in November of 2008. The Halperins have three children, and their eldest son, Mark Robert Halperin, graduated from Chicago with an AB in History in 1981.

Over the years, Mr. and Mrs. Halperin have remained active in the life of the University, extending philanthropic support to initiatives and programs in the College, the Division of the Humanities and the Oriental Institute. In addition to his leadership on the Board, Mr. Halperin has served as a member of the Visiting Committee to the Division of the Physical Sciences.

Many of the original Halperin House upperclassman came from Michelson House after the closing of Shoreland Hall in 2009.

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Resident Staff

Adam Reynolds, Resident Assistant
Skylar Spear, Resident Assistant
Nikola Sladojevic, Resident Head
Jovana Sladojevic, Resident Head
Philippe Guyot-Sionnest, Resident Masters
Caryl Gout, Resident Masters

Residence Hall Map

6031 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Getting Around

A short walk from the main campus quadrangles, this new residential complex is located immediately south of Burton-Judson Courts. Together with the new Arley D. Cathey Dining Commons and Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts, the complex anchors a newly vitalized community on the University’s Campus South.

Total Hall Residents: 787

Room Arrangements

Half the spaces are in double rooms; a third of the spaces are in single rooms; there are 3-4 apartments (for four people) per House; and there is a triple room (for 3 students) in most houses. Community bathrooms on each floor, along with at least one private single-user bathroom per House. First year students are typically assigned to double or triple rooms (approx. 10’x20’). All rooms are carpeted.

Granville-Grossman Sample Room Floor Plan


  • Two large building commons
  • Two-story 5th floor reading room
  • Two courtyards
  • Street level cafe/convenience store
  • Music practice rooms
  • Study rooms
  • House lounges
  • Internal House staircase
  • Steps from Cathey Dining Commons