Venues & Facilities

Diverse Venues, Worldly Spaces

The Assembly Hall

The beautiful cathedral windows, colorful display of international flags, and rich hues of oak paneling give the spacious Assembly Hall optimum elegance and grandeur. Equipped with a balcony and a full stage including a 9 ft Steinway concert grand piano, dressing rooms, rehearsal and dance studio, projection booth and oak floors, the Assembly Hall is ideal for visual and performing arts, cultural festivals, conferences, seminars, dances and gala dinners. The Assembly Hall can accommodate five hundred guests for performances, conferences and receptions, and two hundred guests for banquets.

The Library

The International House Library is a rich, historic space featuring an expansive collection of books curated by the local Seminary Co-op Bookstores. Bright, natural light floods through gothic windows facing the historic Midway Plaisance, and a stone fireplace makes the library a perfect venue for a small author lecture, book club discussion or reception.

The Home Room

The Home Room is a bright and elegant lounge graced with cathedral ceilings, chandeliers, and a grand piano. Located on the second floor, this room offers striking views of the University of Chicago campus. This intimate room is ideal for recitals, banquets, lectures, symposiums, and multimedia presentations. The Home Room can accommodate up to seventy-two people for banquets and as many as eighty-five for receptions and recitals.

The Tiffin Boardroom

Ideal for intimate receptions and dinners, press conferences, or as a break-out room for a full-day symposium, the Tiffin Boardroom with its historic oak conference/dining table can seat twelve guests. Basked in natural light, the Tiffin Boardroom offers a lovely view of the fountain Courtyard.

Rockefeller Lounge

The Rockefeller Lounge, rededicated in 2013, is an elegant lounge graced with cathedral ceilings, chandeliers, antique furniture, and a grand piano. Located on the first floor, this room overlooks the Midway Plaisance and is adjacent to the Courtyard. This spacious room is ideal for receptions, lectures, symposiums, and recitals or small concerts. The Rockefeller Lounge can accommodate up to one hundred twenty-five people for a lecture or symposium and as many as one hundred seventy-five for receptions.


Adjacent to the Rockefeller Lounge, the Courtyard is centered around a fountain and was designed by the renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand. The Courtyard is a bright, open space providing an accessible oasis for students to study, or for guests to dine and socialize together. The Courtyard provides a natural transition between International House’s indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing for more opportunities for guests to interact. The Courtyard can accommodate up to 50 for a sit-down meal and as many as 100 people for a reception.

The Coulter Lounge

The Coulter Lounge is an impressive room with a view of the historic Midway Plaisance. It boasts high ceilings, handsome oak paneling, leaded glass windows, and a stone fireplace. The Coulter Lounge, with its unique qualities of both an old-world boardroom and a private study, is the ideal room for seminars, recitals, films, and receptions. The Lounge can accommodate fifty guests in a theatre-style or banquet setting and thirty participants for a conference.

North Garden

The North Garden provides a large open green space for outdoor activities. Accessible off Blackstone Avenue, the North Garden is a prominent convening and conversation space, created as an expanded outdoor area. The North Garden is a perfect venue for large outdoor events including tented events providing a sheltered space for activities. The North Garden can accommodate 600 for receptions and 400 for banquets.


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The University of Chicago
International House
1414 East 59th Street

Chicago, Illinois 60637-2997

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