Rickert House


  • Winter ski trip
  • Tea and bread every Friday
  • Midnight soccer in the fall
  • Sunrise/Sunset-Plunge-at-the-Point
  • Estro-fest and Test-Fest
  • Awkward date night


About half of Rickert residents are first years, bringing fresh faces, fresh ideas and general freshness to the House each year. Regardless of how things may transform each year, Rickert ends up being ‘home’ for everyone and each resident finds their place within the House. The varied events and traditions virtually assure this. Residents might go to Second City, take in Broadway shows, attend a BBQ with Wallace at the start and end of the year, or join one of the House dinners hosted each quarter in the RH apartment. There are frequent Karaoke jams in the lounge and Rickert hosts its own estro-fest/test-fest and awkward date night. Residents will make their way to the Point twice yearly to plunge into the lake at sunrise of the first day of classes and at sunset at the end of the quarter. Broomball and soccer intramural sports teams are consistently popular and successful. The awe inspiring House council includes positions as Doomsayer, Toxic Avenger, Mother Goose, and Unpaid Intern and super witty flair in meeting minutes. The house emblem is a lightning bolt and the mascot is a monkey.  A House gorilla suit is even donned for special events.


Rickert is named for Edith Rickert (1871-1938), a former professor of English literature who is noted for her work on Chaucer and the Canturbury Tales. The House was originally located in Woodward Court residence hall where all the Houses were named for prominent female professors. David Brooks, columnist at the New York Times, was a Rickert resident when the House was located in Woodward. Rickert moved to Max Palevsky West in January of 2002 and occupies the third and fourth floors. Rickert House won the Quest event during O-Week in 2012.

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


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