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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, July 19, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 5th floor, Kitchen
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    Kulturküche - Pretzel Blitz

    July 19th | 6:30pm - 9:30pm | 5th Floor

    Ever wondered how to make authentic German Pretzels? Join us for Kulturküche, our very own German-inspired cooking class! This month's class features Pretzel Meister Reinhard and a hands-on lesson in German Pretzel making. This is a popular class and it fills up fast. Course includes generous tastings and one free drink. $24 per person / $20 for “Friends of the DANK Haus”. Class is held Friday, July 19th and starts at 6:30 PM (Perfect pretzels take time! Please plan to spend 3 hours with us). Tickets must be purchased in advance. Beverages will be available for purchase at the bar. Bring your friends and your taste buds!

    Free Parking available in the 5/3 Bank formally MB Financial lot (entrance on Western & Gunnison).

    • Friday, July 19, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    • 6th Floor Skyline Lounge DANK Haus


    Friday, July

    19th

    7:30 PM

    Skyline Lounge

    Stammtisch - Neue Deutsche Welle

    80's Music Night!

    Put on your acid washed jeans, neon t-shirts and dark sun glasses and join us for all the fun! Our monthly open house - Stammtisch - will feature the hits from the 80's! Neue Deutsche Welle 80's Music Night will rock you to the Casbah and back with German and American Pop Songs!  The 80's ushered in Germany's hottest street food, Currywurst, and we will have our own Haus recipe you'll love to try!  Grab a drink at our vintage bar and then head out to our terrace to see one of the most amazing views in Chicago. Come and dance the night away at the DANK Haus!

    Doors Open at 7:30 PM

    Food & Drinks available for purchase.

    Free Parking at 5/3rd Bank located at Western & Gunnison.


    • Friday, July 26, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 5th floor, Kitchen
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    Kulturküche - Pretzel Blitz

    July 26th | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | 5th Floor

    Ever wondered how to make authentic German Pretzels? Join us for Kulturküche, our very own German-inspired cooking class! This month's class features Pretzel Meister Reinhard and a hands-on lesson in German Pretzel making. This is a popular class and it fills up fast. Course includes generous tastings and one free drink. $24 per person / $20 for “Friends of the DANK Haus”. Class is held Friday, July 26th and starts at 1:00 PM (perfect pretzel take time! Please plan to spend 3 hours with us). Tickets must be purchased in advance. Beverages will be available for purchase at the bar. Bring your friends and your taste buds!

    Free Parking available in the 5/3 Bank formally MB Financial lot (entrance on Western & Gunnison).

    • Monday, August 05, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, August 16, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Dank Haus German American Cultural Center
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    *We've reached our maximum and registration is now closed! You are welcome to register to be placed on the waitlist and you will be contacted if a spot becomes free.

    *If you have already registered your child but now would like to add before/after care, please email danica@dankhaus.com for assistance.

    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
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    *We've reached our maximum and registration is now closed! You are welcome to register to be placed on the waitlist and you will be contacted if a spot becomes free.

    *If you have already registered your child but now would like to add before/after care, please email danica@dankhaus.com for assistance.

    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.


    • Thursday, September 26, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Thursday, February 13, 2020
    • 9:00 PM
    • DANK Haus, 2nd Floor Brandenburg Room
    Register


    Join us as we immerse ourselves in the lives and times of the Weimar Republic, the German people’s first taste of Demokratie during a period of extraordinary political, economic and societal turbulence. Tragically sandwiched between the sorry end of Bismarck’s Kaiserreich in 1919 and the very beginning of Adolf Hitler’s diabolical reign in 1933. National demoralization from defeat in war, ruinous hyperinflation via punitive war reparations and sinister political forces arrayed against democracy present Weimar with extreme challenges. Yet Weimar also gives rise to uniquely creative cultural expression which flourishes during the Golden Twenties before being strangled by the great worldwide Depression and rapid ascent of a neo-pagan, anti-Semitic and anti-democratic ideology known as National Socialism.

    For more info: Konflikt, Kultur and Kabarett in Weimar, 1919 to 1933.JPG


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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.
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center does not discriminate based on race, color, sexuality, national origin, sex, disability or age.
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