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Cultural Events

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

Education

We offer German language classes for everyone from toddlers and kids to teens to adults. Registration for summer classes is now open!  READ MORE

Museum

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

Library

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

Gallery

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


Upcoming events

    • Friday, April 26, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 5th floor, Kitchen
    • 4
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    Kulturküche - Apfelpfannkuchen

    April 26 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm | 5th Floor

    Ever wondered how to make authentic German Apfelpfannkuchen? Join us for Kulturküche, our very own German-inspired cooking class! This month's class features chef Rita Schubert and a hands-on lesson in making Apfelpfannkuchen, or German apple pancakes. Course includes generous tastings and one free drink. $24 per person / $20 for “Friends of the DANK Haus”. Class is held Friday, April 26th and starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Beverages will be available for purchase at the bar. Bring your friends and your taste buds and enjoy this sweet German treat!

    Free Parking available in the MB Financial lot (entrance on Western & Gunnison).

    • Thursday, May 02, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Maifest Volunteer Orientation!

    2nd Floor Brandenburg Room

    Thursday | May 2nd | 6:30 PM

    Calling all Maifest Volunteers! We will be hosting a Maifest Volunteer Orientation Meeting on Thursday, May 2nd at 6:30 PM. This brief educational meeting will cover all of the duties at Maifest. From check in to check out, we will cover safe food handling, menu, prices, sunscreen and of course how to pour a perfect German Bier! We will also briefly mention other volunteer opportunities at the Haus!

    In addition to food safety, we will be distributing your Maifest German Chicago T-shirts! If you already own a DANK Haus "pretzel" volunteer t-shirt, please wear it to the meeting so new volunteers can easily identify our "pros"!

    Volunteering at Maifest is a great way to meet new friends, or sign up with a group of your friends and introduce them to the Haus! We have over 500 volunteer shifts available. Flex your grill skills, serve up some sauerkraut, build our booth, be a DANK Haus ambassador, or serve on a clean-up crew - there's a job for everyone! To show our appreciation, for every shift worked, volunteers receive a one drink ticket and a meal ticket.

    DANK Haus Volunteers must attend the orientation meeting. T-shirts and orientation packets will be distributed. Light refreshments, beer, and wine will be served. Come out and meet the crew!

    Free Parking located at MB Financial located at Western and Gunnison.

    • Friday, May 03, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 79
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     Spring Concert Series

    Roman Salyutov

    "Piano Music from Sonata to Symphony"


    May 3rd | 7:30 pm | 6th Floor


    We are excited to announce our Spring Concert Series featuring three performances – in April, May and June!

    Our spring concert series continues! On Friday, May 3rd we will have world famous pianist Roman Salyutov. This truly magical evening will feature works by J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven and P. Tchaikovsky. 

    Roman Salyutov is currently on tour in the USA and has been hailed as “A man - like a whole orchestra. ” - Lausitzer Rundschau, Cottbus (DE)

    Each of the concerts will be held in our popular Skyline Lounge complete with panoramic views of the city and vintage bar. Food and beverage will be available for purchase during the brief intermission. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $25 each, $20-member price. Act now and buy a MEGA PASS and see the remaining two concerts for $40!

    Free Parking available in the MB Financial lot (entrance on Western & Gunnison).

    • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Spring Clean Up Day!
    Wed. May 15th
    10 AM - 5 PM
    Free Lunch for volunteers!


    Help us do some

    Haus Cleaning!


    We are going to tackle big and small jobs around the DANK Haus on Wednesday, May 15 and can use your help! Tasks include:

    * Planting flowers on the terrace

    * Ripping up carpet

    * Washing windows

    * Decluttering offices

    * Painting

    * Cleaning the basement - did you know we have a pool?

    Sign up at: https://dankhaus.ivolunteer.com/event_012

    Can't make it on the 15th, but want to help out! You can! We need:

    * $25 Home Depot Gift Cards

    * Clean rags, detergents, gloves (disposable all sizes)

    * New paint brushes, drop cloths, paint trays, paint rollers

    * Flower containers - large, matching, minimum of 4

    * 40 pound bags of potting soil

    Drop off donations at the DANK Haus or email us at dank@dankhaus.com.

    #mariekondo #joyoftiddyingup #sparkjoy #helpclean #freelunch

    • Friday, May 17, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    • 6th Floor - Skyline Lounge

    Stammtisch - Maifest

    Fri, May 17 | 7:30 pm | 6th Floor Skyline Lounge

    Join us for Stammtisch-Open House! On Friday, May 17th we will be indulging in the German springtime favorites of eating Spargel - white asparagus, and drinking Maibock Beer - a light, crisp summer beer. Come and see what German Spargelfest is all about.

    Stammtisch is held in our popular Skyline Lounge complete with panoramic views of the city and vintage bar. We will open the terrace, weather permitting, and truly enjoy springtime in the city, German style!

    Free admission with snacks and drinks available for purchase.

    Free parking at MB Financial Bank lot at Western and Gunnison.

    • Saturday, May 18, 2019
    • 1:00 PM

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

    Every year, millions of people tune in to watch this wacky, international spectacle. Last year, the winner was the singer Netta from Israel with the song "Toy", written by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger.

    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". Germany is noteworthy for having competed in the contest more than any other country; they have competed in every contest since the first edition in 1956 except for the 1996 contest when the nation was eliminated in a pre-contest elimination round.

    As one of the longest-running television shows in the world, the Eurovision 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 last day of the contest live from Israel. 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

    • Saturday, May 25, 2019
    • 2:30 PM
    • SeatGeek Stadium 7000 S Harlem Ave Bridgeview, IL 60455

    German Heritage Day

    Chicago Fire Soccer Game

    Saturday, May 25 | 2:30 PM

    Come cheer on Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Chicago Fire Soccer Club as they take on NYCFC on May 25th at 2:30pm for German Heritage Day! Bring your flags, wear your scarves and show your German pride in the stands and throughout the match!

    Discounted Corner Kick tickets are available for $24!

    Parking day of game is $20 (cash only)

    Every ticket purchase will include a mini German flag!

    Make sure to arrive early and tailgate pre-game

    Parking lots open 3 hours before the game begins

    Make sure to check out the concession stand behind Section 134 throughout the match to grab your beer and brats!

    Get your discounted DANK Haus sponsored Chicago Fire tickets online through this special offer:

    https://groupmatics.events/event/Dankhaus

    • Thursday, May 30, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sunday, June 02, 2019
    • 10:00 PM
    • Lincoln Square

    Celebrate 20 years of Maifest in Chicago!

    May 30th - June 2 | Lincoln & Leland Ave.


    Live Music & Entertainment All Days of the Event!

    Thursday: 5PM to 9:30PM “Rock the May Fest” Preview Party

    Friday: 5PM to 11PM (8PM Official Opening Ceremony, Traditional Keg Tapping and May Queen Crowning)

    Saturday: 12PM to 11PM (Live Music & Entertainment)

    Sunday: 12PM to 10PM (Maipole Dance & Cultural Program 1PM to 4PM)


    The DANK Haus - your local German American Cultural Center - and Chicago's German community welcomes all to Maifest in Lincoln Square; the heart of Chicago's German Community. Bring your friends and family and enjoy authentic German food, live music, and of course - cold beer. Come out and support the DANK Haus!

    Brought to you by the May Fest Committee, President Joe Matuschka. Special thanks to 47th Ward Alderman Matt Martin.

    Additional parking available at St. Matthias Church and MB Financial Bank.

    Want to volunteer at Maifest? Sign up online:

    https://dankhaus.ivolunteer.com/maifest_2019

    Food, dancing, and as always... German Gemütlichkeit

    • Monday, August 05, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, August 16, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Dank Haus German American Cultural Center
    Register

    DANK Haus Kinderschule Sommercamp is a fun introduction to and reinforcement of German language and culture for kids ages 9-12.  

    This year we want to focus on ways kids can give back, be communal and kind. We will run a mini food donation drive, visit a local food pantry, host a lemonade stand and decide on a charitable organization to donate proceeds to, ... and so much more.

    Sommercamp is hosted August 5 through 16, from 9am to 3pm. Before & after care is available with flexible registration for one or two weeks. Please fill out a separate registration form for before & after care.

    • Monday, August 05, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, August 16, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Dank Haus German American Cultural Center
    Register

    DANK Haus Kinderschule Sommercamp is a fun introduction to and reinforcement of German language and culture for kids ages 4-8.  

    This year we want to focus on ways kids can give back, be communal and kind. We will run a mini food donation drive, visit a local food pantry, host a lemonade stand and decide on a charitable organization to donate proceeds to, ... and so much more.

    Sommercamp is hosted August 5 through 16, from 9am to 3pm. Before & after care is available with flexible registration for one or two weeks. Please fill out a separate registration form for before & after care.


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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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DANK Haus
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.
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