DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a nonprofit cultural center and language school located in the heart of one of Chicago's traditionally German neighborhoods, Lincoln Square. Open to all ages and backgrounds, the center features a language school, a museum, an art gallery, and a library. Regular programs include a monthly open house, movie screenings, cooking classes, as well as concerts, plays and other performances. Whether you wish to learn the language, connect with your roots, or find new friends, we look forward to meeting you!


Cultural Events

We are known to throw the best events in the neighbordhood. Word Cup, Eurovision, Mayfest, Stammtisch, Kino, Comedy Shows, Classical Concerts, or Oktoberfest.  READ MORE


We offer German language classes for everyone from toddlers and kids to teens to adults. Our cooking classes and other educational events are a hit for all types of students.   READ MORE


First you will be in awe over the "Lost German Chicago" exhibit, but once you see our painting of Kaiser Wilhelm II, it will leave you speechless! READ MORE

Hall Rentals

Plan your event in one of our beautiful, historic rooms. The elegant architectural details from the marble lobby to the gilt plaster frieze of the ballroom make the perfect setting.   READ MORE


There are over 6,000 volumes in our collection, including many rare sets. Categories range from adult fiction history, poetry and drama, but the favorite section are the children's books.   READ MORE


Curated by the Programming Committee, the Willi Scharpenberg Gallery hosts rotating exhibits of German American and German artists in a wide range of mediums. READ MORE

Upcoming events

    • Friday, May 05, 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • DANK Haus | 4740 N. Western Avenue
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    TruffelsWe are excited to announce our very first truffles class! Join chef Dobra Bielinski from Delightful Pastries and learn how to make bittersweet truffles, flavored with Kirschwasser and Eiercognac to give them that special German touch.

    In this culinary adventure, Dobra will demonstrate how to make a classic ganache filling with bittersweet chocolate, how to shape them and then round them, dipping them and finish them off. And of course, the whole class will get to taste the fruits of their labor. To match the occasion, we will top off this class with a complimentary champagne toast.

    Class fee includes recipe, hands-on demonstration, one drink from the bar, generous tasting, and great camaraderie.

    • Saturday, May 06, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • DANK Haus, Skyline Lounge
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    Celebrate an early Mother's day and take your loved ones out for a special performance by Roman Salyutov, a young world-class piano virtuoso from Germany who is also the chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra Bergisch Gladbach.

    In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Salyutov will perform pieces by classic protestant composers such as Johannes Brahms (Sonata Nr. 3) and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Sonata in B-flat). His program will also include pieces by Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner.

    Kaffee & Kuchen as well as light drinks & champagne will be available for purchase.

    Weather permitting, we will also open our terrace to catch some breathtaking views of the city.

    Program available here

    • Saturday, May 13, 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • DANK Haus

    Once again, DANK Haus is opening its doors for one of the greatest contests on earth: the European Song Contest.

    Every year, millions of people tune in to watch this wacky, international spectacle. Following Ukraine's victory in 2016, this year's contest takes place in Kiev. 42 countries will compete, including Romania and Portugal who were absent in 2016. This year's contest will also be a special one for Austria, Denmark and the United Kingdom which are all celebrating the 60th anniversary of their participation.

    So far, Germany has only won the contest twice: in 1982 with Nicole and her unforgettable “Ein bißchen Frieden," and in 2010 with Lena and her song "Satellite". Of course, we are hoping that Levina will bring the title back this year with "Perfect Life".

    As one of the longest-running television shows in the world, the European Song Contest could be called the "granddaddy" of all singing contests. Since 1956, member countries of the European Broadcasting Union have sent their candidates to compete for the best performance. Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition.

    DANK Haus will stream the contest live from Kiev. Channel the European in you and come to cheer for your favorite country and song!

    Doors open at 1:00 pm | Contest starts at 2:00 pm

    Free Admission | Food and drink available for purchase

    Child care available - please register in advance!

    • Friday, May 19, 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • DANK Haus, Skyline Lounge

    Prost!Maifest is around the corner, but why not get the party started early? At this month's Open Haus, we will indulge in the German springtime favorite of eating Spargel (white asparagus). While the green variety is available in American supermarkets all-year round, Germans prefer the seasonal, white variety that grows only during the highly-anticipated Spargelzeit (April 22 to June 24).

    Rich in nutrients and very low in calories, Spargel possesses a mild flavor that Germans simply can't resist. For the beer lovers, there will be another herald of spring: Maibock beer. Brewed in the winter and released in the spring, it is the perfect beer to transition from the richer beers of the colder months to the lighter, crisper beers of the summer. Come and join us in these culinary adventures as we gear up for Maifest!

    Free Admission

    Food & Drinks for purchase

    • Saturday, May 20, 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • 5th Floor, Ballroom

    Conductor Chris RamaekersIn this unique collaboration, the Ravenswood Community Orchestra teams up with another neighborhood group, bluegrass ensemble Tangleweed, and special guests to present an evening of iconic American music. Local Flutist Erin K. Murphy joins the orchestra for a performance of Renascence by the award-winning Chicago-based composer Lita Grier. Soprano Karen Schriescheim from London will sing Samuel Barber's classic Knoxville, Summer of 1915. 

    Tangleweed and the RCO will premiere Meditation by composer Kelsey Green, and the concert will conclude with a special performance of Rodeo by the great American composer Aaron Copland. The orchestra will play all four movements of Copland's original ballet suite, with Tangeweed performing standard bluegrass tunes in-between. If you're wondering what America sounds like, this is the place to find out!

    Free will donations at the door
    Snacks & Drinks for purchase

    The Ravenswood Community Orchestra was founded with a small group of musicians in 2000 by the then-music director at St. Benedict's Church. In 2004, the group adopted the name Ravenswood Community Orchestra to reflect its community affiliation. The RCO currently has 70 members and plays 3-5 classical concerts each year in Chicago. It is led by conductor Chris Ramaekers.

    Conductor biography here

    • Sunday, May 21, 2017
    • 2:30 PM
    • 5th Floor, Ballroom

    Deutsch-Amerikanischer Kinder- und Jugendchor with Carol Himmel and Glen SorgatzBring your mother, your children, and the whole family to this lovely Mother's Day tradition! Der Deutsch-Amerikanische Kinder- & Jugendchor under the direction of Carol Himmel, and the German-American Singers of Chicago under the direction of Glen Sorgatz will all be performing. Tickets are $15 dollars at the door. Children age 12 and under are free. Food and drink available for purchase after the concert.

    More information here

    • Friday, May 26, 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • DANK Haus, Brandenburg Room

    WestwindDoreen and Isabel are 17-year-old twins from rural Saxony in East Germany. The two are successful oarswomen practicing hard to be accepted at a renowned boarding school for athletes. In 1988, a year before the Berlin Wall came down, they have the chance to spend the summer at Lake Balaton in the Soviet satellite state of Hungary.

    On their journey to the camp, they meet two boys from West Germany, Arne and Nico. Despite the camp rules, the four teenagers become friends. When Doreen inevitably falls in love and the end of their stay approaches, Arne asks her to flee to the West with him. Torn between her sister, who is still focused on training, and her personal life, Doreen has to make a tough decision jeopardizing the close bond that unites her to her twin.

    Free Admission

    Food & Drinks available for purchase

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Friends of DANK Haus

Whether you are interested in taking a class in our language school, participate in one of our events throughout the year, support our community outreach, attend the museum, gallery and library, or simply want to show the pride in German heritage and culture, our Friends of DANK Haus Benefits program has lot of perks:
  • Free monthly Open Haus Stammtisch event
  • Free movie events
  • Free museum access
  • Free parking during off-business hours
  • Discount on German language classes (coming soon)
  • Discount on rentals of our Skyline Lounge and Ballroom  
  • Discount on Kulturküche cooking classes
  • Discount on concerts and special events
  • Discount on flights to Germany (coming soon)
  • Invitation to exclusive member-only events
  • Early-bird access to events with a guaranteed sell-out 

When joining the Friends of DANK Haus benefits program, you are supporting a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We also encourage you to support and join the DANK National organization, which has its own membership benefits.

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German American Cultural Center
4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

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Office: +1 (773) 561-9181
Email: Dank@Dankhaus.com

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center does not discriminate based on race, color, sexuality, national origin, sex, disability or age.
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