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Cultural Events

We are known to throw the best events in the neighbordhood. 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, January 19, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • DANK Haus, 6th floor skyline lounge
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    Germany is a haven for board games and friendly competition. Come and enjoy an evening of playing games with others and grabbing a beer while relaxing with old and new friends. We hope to see you there.

    Free Admission
    Snacks & Drinks for purchase

    Free parking on MB Financial Bank lot after 6pm
    (entrance on Western & Gunnison)

    • Saturday, January 20, 2018
    • Saturday, May 19, 2018
    • DANK Haus, 3rd Floor

    Registration for Spring Semester German Classes is now OPEN through January 14th!

    More information and registration links:


    • Saturday, January 20, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • DANK Haus, 6th Floor - Skyline Lounge
    • 61

    Join us for an evening of music with German concert pianist Roman Salyutov. 

    He has traversed the globe performing in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Israel, the USA, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Recognized for his ability as an instructor, he was invited to give a master-course in the Polish Franz Liszt Society in Wroclaw in 2017. Since 2013, he has served as Chief Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Bergisch Gladbach (near Cologne) and has performed as a member of a new opera-focused initiative for the city. For almost 10 years, he has lead the concert series "The Work of Great Composers" at various cultural centers in Germany. Roman will be performing the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Ravel. 

    Admission to this event includes a transcendent performance and a glass of champagne.

    $18 for NON Members and $16 for Friends of DANK

    $10 Students  - By online. Must present student ID at Will Call. Must be 21 for champagne drink.

    $10 Senior discount for 55+

    Free parking will be available in the MB Financial Bank lot after 6pm (entrance on Western & Gunnison)

    <<Reserve Your Seat Today!

    List of registrants available for members only!

    • Friday, January 26, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 5th Floor, Kitchen
    • 15

    For this Kulturküche (cooking class), Chef Pete Simons will make delicious German spreads that are traditionally slathered on bread. Learn how to make two popular spreads: one with goose fat and one with cheese. Come cook with friends while enjoying a glass of wine or beer.

    Our classes feature step-by-step, hands-on instruction, generous samplings, recipes to take home, a drink from the bar, and good company. Classes fill up quickly, so reserve your seat while you can!

    Class starts at 7:30 pm.

    Free parking at the MB Financial Bank lot after 6pm
    (entrance on Western & Gunnison)

    List of registrants available for members only!

    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    • 15 sessions
    • Dank Haus German American Cultural Center
    • 7

    Sonnenkinder is Kinderschule's weekday play-based German language group for kids ages 3 -5 filled with songs, stories, crafts, movement and play. 

    Child-teacher ratio 7:1.

    Children must be toilet trained.

    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • 5:45 PM
    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    • 6:15 PM
    • DANK Haus, Fourth Floor, Library

    Free and open to the public!

    • Thursday, February 08, 2018
    • 4740 N Western Ave Chicago, Ill 60625

    Join us, here at the DANK Haus, in welcoming to the Skyline Lounge this amazing A Cappella group on February 8, 2018.

    To purchase TICKETS just click on EventBright. Follow this Link to purchase your tickets today.  

    Vocaldente is a German, a capella quintet that excites their audiences with purely vocal experiences unaided, unamplified and unadulterated. Their music spans nearly every decade from the Charleston of the Golden Twenties to German Schlager to 50’s Rock' n' Roll to 70’s disco to the present day. At times furiously fast-paced, sentimentally romantic, abysmally comical, or profoundly demanding, their performances combine perfect technical skill with original arrangements, moderations, and choreographies.

    The quintet is the winner of many national and international vocal and A Cappella awards, including the International Contemporary A Cappella Competition in Taipei and the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival in San Francisco.

    Preview their fantastic performances by clicking HERE 

    • Saturday, February 10, 2018
    • Saturday, March 10, 2018
    • 4th Floor - Scharpenberg Art Gallery

    2018 Culture Bridge Art Exhibition | Feb. 10th, 2018 - Mar. 10th, 2018

    4th Floor - Scharpenberg Gallery (M-F, 10:00am - 5:00pm)

    The DANK Haus is proud to host the annual Culture Bridge / Kulturbrücke once again in the 4th Floor Scharpenberg Art Gallery. This month-long international art exhibition features over 50 talented artists and photographers. These works are open to the public in the Scharpenberg Gallery Monday through Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm for viewing and for purchase. Special weekend and extended evening hours will apply throughout to related events. Stay tuned for updates on weekly Culture Bridge events including musical performances, theater, and dance. 

    The exhibition officially begins on Saturday, February 10th with an opening reception from 6:00pm-10:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

    Exhibition curated by Marianna Buchwald and Laura Engel.

    • Friday, February 23, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 5th floor, kitchen
    • 16
    Pretzels Everybody loves them, but do you know how to make them? Due to heavy popular demand, we'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 "Brezel" was most likely developed by a German bakers guild in the early 12th century. This class will use old-world methods passed down through 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 recipe, hands-on demonstration, one drink from the bar, generous tasting, and great camaraderie.

Join now

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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