Booth House


  • Thematic Movie and TV Marathons
  • Spring camping trip
  • Booth House Film Fest
  • International House program and lecture attendance


Boisterous! Enthusiastic! Boothies make themselves known wherever they go! Accepting, diverse, and inclusive characterize the residents at Booth House. Though composed of single rooms, the House is far from secluded. Residents look forward to Friday tea time with the RA or a homemade study break that might include cheddar biscuits. The House is active in midnight soccer and Intramural frisbee and a friendly rivalry has sprung up between Booth and Breckinridge House communities. High-quality, original student-created films are screened during the Booth House Film Fest each year. The weekly movie night in the RH apartment includes a prize at the end of the quarter if you can correctly identify the link that connects each movie to the previous week’s showing. The proximity of I-House to Ida Noyes means that Boothies often head to Doc Films. But Boothies do far more than make and watch movies. The House might visit a taping of NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” or an improv show at “Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind.” Residents also take advantage of the community spaces and programming offered by living in International House. The House council produces vivid meeting minutes with graphics and even includes a crossword puzzle from time to time. Booth House, whose motto is “Booth House, Best House”, is known as the home of the Fierce Bears. The enthusiasm at Booth is palpable.


Wayne and Phyllis Booth House is named after Wayne (‘PhD 50) and Phyllis Booth, the first Resident Masters of Woodward Court residence hall in 1970-71. Together they played an important role in the establishment of The College Houses faculty Resident Master program. Wayne Booth served as the George M. Pullman Professor of English beginning in 1962 and then served as Dean of the College from 1964-1969, guiding the College during a critical period of transition. Booth House is a College House of 75 students located on the second and third floors of the east tower of International House. Booth House is the second College House located within International House, after Phoenix House.

International House has an 80-year history as a dynamic program center and residence housing over 400 undergraduates, graduate students, and interns from around the world. Residents in Booth House have the opportunity to take advantage of a wealth of exciting programming sponsored by International House as well as enjoy the many community spaces in the building including lounges, a large kitchen, and a beautiful inner courtyard.

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Resident Staff

Gabriela Skifstad, Resident Assistant
Jelani McEwan, Resident Head
Tess McEwan, Resident Head
Craig Futterman, Resident Master
Kenyatta Futterman, Resident Master

Residence Hall Map

1414 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 753-2270

Getting Around

Located just to the west of the Metra (electric commuter train) station, on the north side of the Midway Plaisance. The Harper Quad is about a five minute walk.

Total Hall Residents: 363

Room Arrangements

Breckinridge, Booth and Phoenix: All single rooms on single-sex floors; approximately 10’ X 12’. Community bathroom on each floor.

Thompson and Shorey: Mostly single rooms, a few doubles on co-ed floors; approximately 10’ X 12’. Community bathroom on each floor.

International House Sample Room Floor Plan


  • Inner courtyard
  • Programming in Assembly Hall
  • Third floor quiet study lounge
  • Large community kitchen and dining room
  • Each House has a small House lounge