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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. Our cooking classes and other educational events are a hit for all types of students.   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, August 24, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • 5th floor, kitchen
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    PretzelsWe're bringing back our very own Pretzel Meister Reinhard for a fantastic, hands-on lesson in authentic German pretzel making! Known long ago as "little rewards," the pretzel - or German "Bretzel" - was most likely developed by a German baker's guild in the early 12th-century. This class will use old-world methods passed down through Meister Reinhard's family. As a special treat, each participant will get a supply of special pretzel lye to make their own pretzels at home. Sign up now, this class sells out fast!

    Class fee includes a recipe, hands-on demonstration, one drink from the bar, generous tasting, and great camaraderie.
    • Friday, August 24, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 4th Floor Scharpenberg Art Gallery
    • 151

    Join us for a reception celebrating our Glory of Germania exhibit! Featuring over 1,000 tiles, this 125-year-old mosaic was part of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. 

    Guests will have the opportunity to listen to our keynote speaker while enjoying refreshments and viewing the mosaic from our viewing platform. 

    Note: Advance registration is required. Along with your $5.00 registration, all attendees will receive a free Glory of Germania postcard at the event!

    Free parking is available in the MB Financial Bank lot after 5 pm (entrance on Western and Gunnison).

    We are pleased to welcome Dr. Diane Dillon as the keynote speaker at the reception. Dr. Dillon is the Director of Exhibitions and Major Projects at the Newberry Library and an expert on world's fairs. We will welcome Dr. Reinhard Andress (Loyola University) as well who will present historical material uncovered in the manufacturer's archive in Berlin. 

    • Saturday, August 25, 2018
    • Saturday, December 22, 2018
    • 32 sessions
    • DANK Haus, 3rd Floor

    Are you ready for your first or next German course? Registration for Fall Semester German Classes is now OPEN through August 19th!

    Go HERE for more information and registration links!

    • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Avenue

    German culture beyond the Oompah ... Join us for an evening of German-language, song, spoken word, and musical composition! All performers are welcome!

    Bring your Gitarre, Geige, Korg MS-20 or just your schöne Stimme. Piano on the premises.

    Deutsch-Mic takes place every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in our Skyline Lounge. Join other sung and spoken German word enthusiasts in the Deutsch-Mic closed Facebook group!

    Free Admission, drinks available for purchase.

    • Thursday, September 13, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 4740 N Western Ave, Chicago

    Join the Dank Haus and AJC for this unique event with Holocaust survivor, Mr. Israel Starck, author of, A Boy Named 68818.

    Mr. Israel Starck will shares his first-hand experience and life as #68818. Special remarks will be given by the German Consulate General Chicago.

    Registration is required: 

    Please click on the word - REGISTER now to register. Spaces are limited. 

    • Friday, September 14, 2018
    • Friday, December 21, 2018
    • 14 sessions
    • DANK Haus, 3rd Floor

    The next semester of Teen German classes begins September 14th! Class registration opens July 23rd. Registration deadline is September 2nd!

    Go HERE for more information and registration links!

    • Saturday, September 15, 2018
    • Saturday, May 18, 2019
    • 90 sessions

    German classes for kids ages 1-14! The Kinderschule 2018/2019 school year begins September 15th. One week earlier, on September 8th, we host our Meet & Greet. Registration for Kinderschule classes opens July 23rd. Registration deadline is September 2nd!

    Go HERE for more information and registration links!

    • Thursday, September 27, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • DANK Haus, Skyline Lounge

    Explore the history of the Kaiserreich (German Empire or 2nd Reich) of Otto von Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm I & II from the ecstasy of unification (1871) to the agony of defeat at Versailles (1919). Examine the Kaiserreich as Kulturnation, the science, philosophy, music and literature that not only made this epoch so remarkable but portentous for the years which lie ahead. Study the geo-political chain of events which lead to tragic defeat in WWI and national humiliation at Versailles. An interesting, insightful, visually oriented Power Point presentation history will buffs enjoy.

    Syllabus for Kaiserreich to Versailles Sept 2018.pdf

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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

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