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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


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

    • Friday, September 20, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Friday | September 20th

    Scharpenberg Gallery

    6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    You think you know a beer stein when you see one? They are more than just cups; "typisch deutsch" with their ornate lids and handles. Expand your idea of what makes a beer stein at our exhibit "Once Upon A Stein... Beer Steins and the Stories They Tell". The Opening Reception for the exhibition is Friday, September 20th located in our Scharpenberg Gallery. Bring a fellow beer lover to the Haus and examine highlights from the DANK Haus stein collection. Shown in all shapes and sizes, these cups are sure to spark conversations about health, gender, work, leisure, and more.

    After you view the exhibit, head upstairs for a beer and a pretzel at our Stammtisch Open Haus where the stein excitement continues. Enter your personal stein into our first ever "Stein Contest" and have a chance to win a prize! Categories include: Most Unusual, Biggest and Prettiest Steins. This is a chance to show us your favorite German stein and tell us the story behind it.

    Free Parking is located at 5/3 Bank at the intersection of Western and Gunnison.

    • Friday, September 20, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 11:30 PM

    Friday, September 20th

    7:30 PM

    Bring your own stein to our September Stammtisch Open House and enter to win one of three fabulous prizes! Choose from: "Most Unusual Stein", "Biggest Stein" and "Prettiest Stein".

    Start your adventure on the 4th Floor Scharpenberg Gallery and get to know the history and cultural influence of the stein at our exhibition: Once Upon A Stein...Beer Steins and the Stories They Tell. Then head on up to our Skyline Lounge for all of the fun! We will have food and drink for purchase - and of course, lots of great German Bier for your own stein!

    Winners of the Stein Contest will be announced at 9:30 PM. You must be present to win.

    Free Parking is located at 5/3 Bank on the corner of Gunnison and Western Avenue.

    • Thursday, September 26, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 4700 Block North Lincoln Avenue

    Thursday, September 26th

    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Lincoln Square

    Party on the Parkway Progressive Dinner

    Join us for Party on the Parkway benefiting the DANK Haus! Hosted by the businesses located at the 4700 block of Lincoln Avenue in the heart of Lincoln Square. The progressive dinner will include tasty treats from some of our favorite Lincoln Square restaurants including Artango Bar and Steakhouse, Vom Fass, Ormo Cafe and more! Your passport includes a seven course tasting menu and proceeds will go to the DANK Haus for future cultural programming. At the end of the evening, guests that have visited all of the locations will be entered to win a drawing with fabulous prizes! This will be a wonderful evening as you stroll along the beautiful and quaint Lincoln Square!

    Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased in advance:


    Free parking at 5/3 Bank located at Western & Gunnison.

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

    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

    • Friday, September 27, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Friday, September 27

    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Join us for our September Kulturküche German Inspired Cooking Class. We will be learning first hand from Chef Peter Andros, also known as the Sausage König, how to hand craft Blaue Zipfel from scratch.

    You’ll put your knife and sausage grinding skills to good use as you prepare, encase, and cook this delicious dish! Steaming with onions, your friends and family will love this lovely addition to your cooking repertoire!

    Hurry! Classes fill up fast! $28 Course Fee / $24 Member Price Friday, September 27, 2019 Class time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Course includes one FREE drink and the recipe!

    Free parking at 5/3 Bank located at Gunnison and Western Avenue.

    Most DANK Haus events are free of charge, but in some cases an admission fee is published in the hopes of being able to pay high costs involved in hosting particular events. If our published admission fee is too high for your ability to pay, please contact us to arrange a way for you to attend the event that you are interested in.

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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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4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

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