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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

    • 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!

    • 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
    • Friday, September 28, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • 5th floor, kitchen
    • 13
    An average American eats more than 8 pounds of pickles per year. But pickles are not just popular in the USA... Germans also like to have a pickle, or ghurkin, with their Abendbrot.  As with most foods, the best pickles are homemade! So join Frau Rita Schubert to learn the secrets of homemade refrigerator pickles--crisp, delicious
    in summertime, and simple to make using only a few ingredients. Fresh cucumbers, spices, and timing are the main mix in the traditional pickling process, which Frau Rita has updated for our class at the DANK Haus. 

    Class fee includes a recipe, hands-on demonstration, one drink from the bar, generous tasting, and great camaraderie.
    • Friday, October 12, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • 5th floor, kitchen
    • 16


    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 "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.
    • Saturday, October 13, 2018
    • Sunday, October 14, 2018
    • 2nd, 4th, 5th Floors

    Open House Chicago Weekend at the DANK Haus

    Sat, Oct. 13th, 12:00pm - 3:00pm | Sun, Oct. 14th, 10:00am - 5:00pm

    Once again, the DANK Haus is a participating site in the citywide Open House Chicago weekend hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center! From Oct. 13th-14th, we will open our doors to the public to show off our gallery, museum, ballroom, Skyline Lounge, and seldom-viewed Schlaraffia Club room where visitors can enjoy German refreshments. 

    This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to stop by the 4th floor gallery on Oct. 14th at 1:00pm for the grand opening of the "Chicago Architektur" exhibit featuring architecturally-inspired works by local photographers and artists.

    • Friday, October 19, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 6th Floor Skyline Lounge

    Join in on all the German fun - OKTOBERFEST - Stammtisch Open Haus

    Fri, October 19 | 7:30pm | 6th Floor Skyline Lounge

    Trachten contest, Stein holding contest, music by Paloma band, dancing, singing, beer, brats and so much more. Come be a part of this amazing German celebration held in the DANK Haus, Marunde Ballroom. So much fun to be had by all.

    This event is open to the public. $5 door donation.

    Click HERE to let us know you are coming on Facebook.

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

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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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