Housing & Residence Life

Campus North Residential Commons

5500 South University Ave Chicago, IL 60637

  • 8 Houses
  • Room Types: Singles, Doubles, Apartments
  • Dining Hall: Baker Dining Commons
  • Built: 2016

This signature facility, designed by Studio Gang, led by renowned Chicago architect,  Jeanne Gang,  was constructed in collaboration with Mortenson Construction. Ground was broken on the project in 2013 and the facility opened for students in Autumn 2016.

Campus North Residential Commons is located in the northern part of campus, a few minutes walk from the main Quadrangles. The Hall houses eight vibrant communities, each with their own complement of Resident Heads and Resident Assistants, charged with community building.  The Hall has Resident Deans,  who act as intellectual stewards for the residents.

Together with Smart Museum and Court Theatre, Ratner Athletic Center, and the Henry Crown Field House, Campus North Residential Commons is considered the gateway to the campus.

Assistant Director of Residence Life: Jacqueline Payne

Assistant Director of Operations: Lillian Griffin

Standard Room Furniture:

  • XL Twin Bed
  • Dresser
  • Wardrobe or Closet
  • Desk and Chair

Resident Deans

James and Jeannie Evans, and three daughters.

James and Jeannie Evans

Resident Dean Campus North Residential Commons – East

James & Jeannie have served as Residence Deans for Campus North Residential Commons- East since Autumn 2016.

They fill their lives with adventure; they enjoy everything from snowshoeing through Jackson and Washington Parks to swimming in Lake Michigan, as James has even been known to do in the winter. As Resident Deans, the couple share their love of adventure and the city of Chicago while connecting with students and their passions.

James and Jeannie grew up in Southern California and met at Brigham Young University, where James earned a BA in Anthropology and Economics and Jeannie received a BA in Political Science. Jeannie earned her Juris Doctor degree at Harvard University and James earned his MA and Ph.D. in Sociology at Stanford University. James is an associate professor of Sociology, Director of the Knowledge Lab, and Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute. He also directs the new two-year master’s program in computational social science as of fall 2016. Jeannie is a trial lawyer at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, a national class-action and complex litigation firm.

Steve Rings

Steven Rings

Resident Dean Campus North Residential Commons – West

Steve has served as Resident Dean for Campus North Residential Commons– West since Autumn 2016.

Steve is an associate professor in the university’s music department, where he teaches courses on subjects ranging from popular music to mathematical music theory. Before receiving his Ph.D. from Yale University, he earned his B.A. and M.M. from the University of Minnesota (he is a Minnesota native, like one of his research subjects, Bob Dylan). In addition to his work as Resident Dean, Steve keeps busy as the Chair of the Society of Fellows and the Series Editor of Oxford Studies in Music Theory. Before settling in Hyde Park, he lived for two years in the Azores islands (in the mid-Atlantic), where he taught guitar at a Portuguese music conservatory.

In his work as Resident Dean, Steve enjoys introducing students to diverse cultural, intellectual, and social experiences. These cover a broad spectrum, from a refined chamber music series to the raucous and quirky Northwest Sportfest. The latter is a signature annual event for the hall, in which houses compete for predominance in various athletic events (some of them only dubiously “athletic”). Having called Chicago home since 2005, Steve is eager to share his passion for the city and its culture with the residents of Campus North–West.

House Communities


  • Yuen House Shield
  • Boyer House Shield
  • Behar House Shield
  • Dougan-Niklason House Shield


  • Rogers House Shield
  • Strongin  House Shield
  • thangaraj House Shield
  • Trott House Shield