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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. Our cooking classes and other educational events are a hit for all types of students.   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, March 22, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 5th floor, Kitchen
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    Kulturküche - Pretzel Making 

    Mar. 22 | 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, March 22 and starts at 6:30 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 MB Financial lot (entrance on Western & Gunnison).

    • Saturday, April 06, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 4740 N Western Ave, Chicago Il 60625

    International Game Night

    April 6, 2019

    Noon - 8 PM

    Get ready for a night of games from around the world, trivia, and delicious snacks. This is a fun event with games for all ages (children's games through more challenging strategy games). The DANK Haus will collaborate with cultural centers from around Chicago to bring you authentic games from different countries including Germany, Haiti, Sweden, Japan, and Korea.

    Admission: This event is free and open to the public! Snacks at the "international buffet" and German beverages will be available for purchase.

    Parking: Free parking will be available in the MB Financial lot (entrance on Gunnison & Western). The DANK Haus is located just 1/2 block from the Western brown line station. 

    International Game Night Partner Institutions:

    Chicago Cultural Alliance

    DANK Haus German American Cultural Center   

    Haitian American Museum of Chicago

    HANA Center (Korean American center)

    Irish American Heritage Center

    Chicago Japanese American Historical Society

    Swedish American Museum

    American Indian Center

    Are you interested in sponsoring International Game Night? Email Monica Felix (monicafelix@dankhaus.com) to learn more about sponsorship opportunities


    • Friday, April 12, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 6th Floor Skyline Lounge
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    Spring Concert Series

    Andrew Schultze

    April 12 | 7:30pm | 6th Floor

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

    Our series kicks off with Andrew Schultze on Friday, April 12th.

    Andrew is a classically trained bass baritone singer and he will be accompanied by Svetlana Belsky on piano.

    This truly magical evening will feature songs from 17th century Vienna inspired by Schultze's recent Austrian concert tour with the Viennese early music ensemble Affetti Musicali. The concert will include music celebrating the 650th anniversary of the Austrian National Library, with a focus of works for and by the Habsburg Emperor Leopold I. Audience participation and the sing along of a well-known Trinklieder will make this a not-to-be-missed experience.

    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 all three concerts for $40!

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