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We are known to throw the best events in the neighbordhood. World 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


Come experience the "Lost German Chicago" exhibit! Open Mon-Fri, 1:00pm - 5:00pm or by appointment. 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 7,000 volumes in our collection which includes several rare sets. Our collection includes adult fiction, history, poetry, drama, children's books, and more.   READ MORE


The Willi Scharpenberg Gallery hosts rotating artistic and historical exhibits in a wide range of media. READ MORE

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    • 15 sessions

    • Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Avenue

    German culture beyond the Oompah ... Join us for an evening of German-language, song, spoken word, and musical composition! All performers are welcome!

    Bring your Gitarre, Geige, Korg MS-20 or just your schöne Stimme. Piano on the premises.

    Deutsch-Mic takes place every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in our Skyline Lounge. Join other sung and spoken German word enthusiasts in the Deutsch-Mic closed Facebook group!

    Free Admission, drinks available for purchase.

    • Saturday, March 24, 2018
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • DANK Haus

    Transgressive Theatre-Opera concludes its season with The Leider, Chanson, and Hungarian Songs of Franz Lehár. This concert event, featuring all female artists, once more examines the larger human condition from that perspective.

    Lehár is thought to be German, since his wonderfully successful operettas were written in that language. His Merry Widow is still one of the most popular operettas in the standard repertory. However, many do not know that Lehár was Austro-Hungarian. Born in Hungary, and returning to Hungary before his death, Lehár penned glorious art song in his first tongue, while of course exercising his acquired understanding of the German tongue. 

     This special concert has the potential to unite us all, at a time in our country's history when division seems to be the order of the day helping us to momentarily rise above the scandals that  beset us, while feeding our collective souls. 

    The performance will take place on March 24 at 8:00 at Chicago’s DANK Haus, 4740 N Western Ave., which is wheelchair accessible. 

    Tickets are available here:



    • Saturday, March 31, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 5th Floor Ballroom

    March 31st | 1:00 - 9:00pm | 5th Floor Ballroom

    Play traditional games and try foods from around the world. Test your wits in trivia starting at 5:00pm in the 5th floor bar (German beer on tap!). Top off the evening with your own icy custom creation at the sundae bar.

    $5.00 suggested donation at the door

    Food & drink available for purchase

    Free parking at MB Financial Bank lot after 12:00pm (entrance on Western & Gunnison).

    Special thanks to our affiliates at the National Hellenic Museum, Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Haitian American Museum of Chicago, and the Japanese American Service Committee.

    Featured vendors will include Amy's Candy for sundae toppings, Himmel's Chicago (German cuisine), and more to come!

    • Friday, April 06, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • 5th floor, Skyline Lounge
    • 23
    This is a "Friends of DANK" members only event.
    This April, experience the drama of a German Cabaret in our Skyline Lounge. Enjoy daring performances by candlelit crooner Elizabeth Doyle and readings from author William Farina writer of The German Legacy in American Popular Music. A selection of snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
    Seating starts at 6:30pm in the Skyline Lounge

    Limited Tickets on sale!
    Want more information on how to become a Friend of DANK follow the link, provided, https://www.dankhaus.com/join/, today!

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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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