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

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

    The drive will be held April 21 -29 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).

    You can drop off your items MON-SAT from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. Please deliver all items in closed kitchen bags!

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

    Please note: The drive ends Saturday, April 29 at 4:00pm!

    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

    • Friday, April 28, 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • DANK Haus, Brandenburg Room

    Although she is an acting student, Fine suffers from not being seen. She lacks the self confidence to uninhibitedly storm the stage. When a well known director invites her for an audition, Fine gets a chance at her first big part that she in no way wants to lose.

    As she slips into another identity, Fine puts herself in the hands of her director who lets her go through hell without psychologically rescuing her. A dangerous game in which she forgets her own strengths and becomes her own enemy.

    Free Admission

    Food & Drinks available for purchase

    • Friday, April 28, 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • DANK Haus, Skyline Lounge

    Ursa EnsembleCollaboration In Concert events combine live music, art creation, and audience participation. A guest artist is invited to teach the audience a few “tricks of the trade,” typically focusing on one element of their craft.

    Then, the Ursas perform! During this performance, audience members use their newly-taught art skills to create an art piece guided by the music they are hearing and seeing.

    Get tickets here!

    This program will feature visual artist Melanie Brown, and works by Messiaen, Martinu, Milhaud, Lutoslawski, and Webern.

    Stick around after the show to tell us/show us what you heard!

    Light Snacks and Full Bar available

    About Ursa Ensemble

    • Friday, May 05, 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • DANK Haus | 4740 N. Western Avenue
    • 17

    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
    • 99

    Celebrate an early Mother's day and take your loved 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.

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

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

    Every year, millions of people tune in to watch this wacky, international spectacle. This year, the contest takes place in Kiev, following Ukraine's victory at the 2016 edition. 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!

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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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