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, March 31, 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • DANK Haus | 4740 N. Western Avenue
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    Pretzels Everybody loves them, but do you know how to make them? Due to popular demand, we're bringing back our very own PRETZEL MEISTER REINHARD for a fantastic, hands-on lesson in authentic German pretzel making! Known long ago as little rewards, the pretzel or German "Brezel" was most likely developed by a German bakers guild in the early 12th century. This class will use old-world methods passed down through Reinhard's family. As a special treat, each participant will get a supply of special pretzel lye to make their own pretzels at home. Sign up now, this class sells out fast!

    Class fee includes recipe, hands-on demonstration, one drink from the bar, generous tasting, and great camaraderie.
    • Saturday, April 08, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • DANK Haus, 5th Floor Ballroom

    Chicago Premiere & Fundraiser for "Real Prayers Are Said in German" - a movie in the making! The story:

    In a close knit German farming community in central Illinois during WWII,  the Baumann family must cope with illness, anti-German sentiment, and the poverty of war-time farming life. Instead of merely surviving, the children find solace and joy in their German heritage, music, baseball, and especially the Cubs at a time when "We'll get 'em next year" became a hopeful mantra for the future.

    Like the Baumann family, everyone has a story to tell!  We hope you'll join us April 8th to tell us yours!

    Event highlights:

    • 3 Screenings of 15-min preview movie on large screen
    • Meet & Greet w/ creative team behind the film
    • Story Share: Share a story about your family heritage or Cub's baseball and we will feature it on our website and blog!
    • Silent Auction: Including Cubs tickets & items, Chicago restaurants and more! Complete list revealed April 1st!
    • Firsthand look at the visual concept for the feature with Nicolle Wood
    • German History Booth
    • Traditional German Pastries & Coffee plus German Music & Games
    Donations taken at the door:
    Adults: $10 / Children: $5

    • Friday, April 21, 2017
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    • 9 sessions
    • DANK Haus, 1st floor

    Get ready for spring by cleaning your Haus! Participate in our spring donation and do two good things at once: clean out your closets and finally get rid of all that old stuff you haven't looked at in years, and help us raise funds at the same time.

    The drive will be held April 21 -29 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm at the DANK Haus. Our goal is to raise $1,000 to help support the renovation of our storefront. Acceptable donations include clothing, shoes, linens, towels, and accessories (for details see below).

    Please deliver all items in closed kitchen bags!

    All donations are tax-deductible. Please ask us for a receipt when you deliver your items.

    DANK Haus is holding the Drive in partnership with Savers, a global thrift organization. They pay us by the pound for every qualifying donation received. In turn, these items help keep their floors freshly stocked.

    We DO NOT accept:

    • Furniture
    • Books/CDs/DVDs
    • Appliances bigger than 18" in one or more directions
    • Weapons, hazardous material, flammable products

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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.

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

Connect with us

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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