Graham House

Traditions

  • Thrift Shopping
  • Hero and Weenie of the Week
  • Waffles~
  • Karaoke Night
  • Graham House Day [2 March]
  • Service Auction Charity Fundraiser

Culture

Graham House is home to about eighty-five residents, who are variously artists, scholars, athletes, mathletes, punsters, and combinations thereof.  Graham House culture is created through house events, both large and small, including museum trips, RA teas, and Graham House Day—universally acknowledged to be the happiest day of the year.  Residents and House Council lead activities including Graham-ma Night [knitting, tea, and cookies in the lounge], a Snow Ball dance, and Awkward Date Night. Graham residents spend quality time together at each of the three weekly study breaks [greater than or equal to the number of any other house on campus!].  Other special study breaks include Costco cakes to celebrate successful evacuation during fire drills and Harold’s fried chicken/samosas to celebrate room selection for the next year.  Graham House has a collection of graham cracker costumes used to welcome new students and to cheer on our assiduous, if not always victorious, IM sports teams.  Residents fundraise by selling s’mores and boxer shorts that say, ‘UChicago: It’s Hard!’  Although other houses in Max might claim to have a rivalry with Graham House, Graham will never stoop to their level of pettiness and instead collaborates on joint events like the Woodward-Graham Casino Night.  Yet Grahammites have a strong sense of friendly intrahouse competitiveness, demonstrated both in the fierce annual Halloween costume contest and the cutthroat battle to win a free roll of toilet paper by being named ‘Hero of the Week.’  The Graham House listhost is a fantastical place, where the gif : word ratio approaches levels never before seen outside Tumblr.

History

Graham House is located on the 3rd and 4th floors of Max Palevsky Central, above Flint and to the west of Woodward.  Graham House is named in memory of Katharine Graham, AB’38 [1917–2001], who published and was CEO of the Washington Post for more than two decades, including during the newspaper’s historic investigation of the Watergate Scandal.  Graham was the first female CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation and the honoree of Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball.  Her memoir Personal History won the Pulitzer for Autobiography in 1998 and continues to serve as a source of inspiration and guidance for Graham residents to this day.  She was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Although Graham House is now fortunate to be named after such an illustrious alumna of the College, from Graham’s creation on 3 January 2002 through the 2002–3 school-year, the house was so new that it was known simply as ‘New House.’  Early Grahamites waged and won many battles against other houses in IM sports, admitting no competition and garnering worldwide fear and admiration.


Residence Hall Map

1101 E. 56th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-9202

Getting Around

In the heart of campus, just north of the Regenstein Library and across the street from Henry Crown Field House. Less than five minutes from the main quads.

Total Hall Residents: 715

Room Arrangements

First-year students are assigned to double suites consisting of two sleeping rooms for two (about 12’ X 10’ each), a bathroom, and a small entryway. About one-fourth of rooms are single suites for upperclass students (about 10’ X 10’ each side) with shared bath.

 

Max-Palevsky Residential Commons Sample Room Floor Plan

Amenities

  • Large building lounge
  • TV/rec room
  • Music practice rooms
  • Computer room
  • Each House has a study room