Social Programs

Book Club

Our Book Club for graduate students will continue biweekly on Wednesday afternoons throughout Winter Quarter and we're focusing on plays! 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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Once a month on a Wednesday afternoon we offer a Crafternoon event for graduate students. 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 and some refreshments.

Next Program: Wednesday, July 14, 2PM-4PM

Registration is required.

International Cooking Club

The International Cooking Club continues biweekly. Each individual session features a demonstration for a recipe led by one of our Graduate Fellows. International House will cover the cost of ingredients for those who register in advance, however, this is on the condition that you also join for the virtual program and you must be able to collect them from International House. Participants may choose to cook along or simply enjoy the demonstration and recreate the meal in their own time. Additional unregistered participants may also join the meeting! 

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Open Mic Series

Our Open Mic Series will return in person in Winter Quarter. 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. Recently, graduate students have come together to celebrate Lunar New Year, Nowruz, Mardi Gras, and Diwali.

Check out all the pictures and videos from our Diwali celebration on November 3, 2021.

Show Me Chicago Trips

International House GRAD Global Impact Interns organize regular trips to must-see places around Hyde Park and the rest of the city of Chicago. Past trips have included White Sox baseball game; 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. 

Take a look at the pictures that we took on our trip to Pilsen on October 14, 2021.

Watch Parties

International House often hosts watch parties for various sporting and music events. Annual 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.

Join the GRAD Life Facebook group for all Zoom links and passcodes.

Click here to submit your favorite Chicago must-see places and win a visit for you and a group of graduate students!