Wallace House


  • Quarterly home-cooked House dinners
  • IM Player of the Week Trophy
  • Café Night in RH Apartment
  • Annual House service auction
  • BBQ’s in the courtyard
  • Game nights in the House lounge
  • Annual Murder Myster Party
  • Karaoke


Wallace House is the smallest House in Max Palevsky, but is known for the incredible size of its House spirit and enthusiasm for House culture. The House’s 72 students enjoy a ton of activities both on and off campus, such as the ludic, subversive Testosterone Festival (colloquially known as Test Fest), an overnight camping trip to the Indiana Dunes, and Super Bowl and Oscars parties, as well as late-night trips to improv shows and weekly Saturday night dinner trips to various Chicago neighborhoods. In addition, the Resident Heads plan a Fitness and Health Challenge and help residents train for a five- or ten-mile race each spring. The RH’s often host students in their apartment, including café nights where students can sample a variety of high-quality coffees. In the past a professional has also been invited to speak over a “coffee cupping” tasting. The inviting “Festival-o-Study Breaks’ occurs during finals week each quarter, with a different study break each night. Students are always out of their rooms and in one of the four community spaces that are in or located near the House. Whether playing pool in the game room, Euchre in the Lounge, or general socializing in the halls, Wallace residents embrace their home in a more secluded part of Max P. An enduring culture surrounding intramural sports exists at Wallace and is nurtured by both participants and cheering spectators, especially in dodgeball (as evidenced by the esteemed House emblem, the flaming dodgeball). The robust Intramural calendar often includes two sports a day and it is as much about fitness and a healthy lifestyle as it is about competition. Make no mistake, however, of Wallace’s prowess. The House has been past winner of the Maroon Cup and an IM player of the week trophy is awarded at each House meeting. Most of all the residents note the supportive community and special closeness that make them feel that they belong. The House motto definitely rings true: Wallace House love is second to none!


Wallace house was named after Elizabeth Wallace (1866-1960), one of the original faculty members of the University of Chicago. Professor Wallace taught Romance Languages and Literature and French History, and she was awarded the French Legion of Honor in 1946 for her work overseas during both world wars. Wallace House occupied Woodward Court from its beginning in 1963 until January of 2002, when it was moved to the first two floors of the West Building of Max Palevsky Residential Commons.

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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