Social Programs

Book Club

Our Book Club for graduate students occurs biweekly on Wednesday afternoons! Copies of the book will be provided to those who register in advance on the condition that you also join us for the discussion – spaces are limited!

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Our Crafternoon schedule is coming soon. The craft projects leave time to connect and chat with other students. Join our event to get creative with others! We will provide the craft supplies to those who register in advance on the condition that you also join us for crafting. 

International Cooking Club

The International Cooking Club occurs biweekly during the Summer Quarter. Each individual session features a demonstration for a recipe led by one of our Graduate Fellows or Interns. International House covers the cost of ingredients for those who register in advance. 

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Open Mic Series

Graduate students are invited to perform any kind of talent, or to simply come along to support creative minds.

Grad Mixers & Cultural Celebrations

The Graduate Commons Program regularly hosts student mixers, often connected to special cultural events. Graduate students have come together to celebrate Lunar New Year, Nowruz, Mardi Gras, and Diwali. 

Show Me Chicago Trips

International House Global Program Fellows Interns organize regular trips to must-see places around Hyde Park and the rest of the city of Chicago. Past trips have included a White Sox baseball game; a Chicago Fire soccer game; Robie House tours; various museums; rooftop brunches; holiday attractions, such as Lincoln Park zoo lights and Chriskindlmarket; as well the many wonderfully diverse Chicago neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Greektown, and Pilsen. These are a great way to explore the many exciting activities that this city has to offer in a group. 

Watch Parties

International House often hosts watch parties for various sporting and music events. Past events include the Superbowl, Oscars, Eurovision Song Contest, and FIFA Champions League matches.


All events are exclusively for graduate students at least 21 years of age.

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The University of Chicago
International House
1414 East 59th Street

Chicago, Illinois 60637-2997

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