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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, July 20, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 6th Floor - Skyline Lounge

    Stammtisch - Pieptone

    Fri, July 20 | 7:30pm | 6th Floor - Skyline Lounge

    This event is OPEN to all. No registration needed!

    Come join us and join in on the fun. This is our monthly open haus. All are welcome. Come dressed in your 80s garb. Lets groove and move, grab a drink and then head out to our Terrace to see one of the most amazing views in Chicago. 

    Snacks and drinks available for purchase

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

    • Friday, July 27, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 5th floor, kitchen
    • 2
    Register
    "Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei"                                                           (Everything has an end, only a sausage has two)

     

    According to an old saying, two things you never want to see made are laws and sausage.

    We’re not so sure about that.
    Who doesn’t love a good sausage? And just how are they made?
    On July 27 all these questions and more will be answered as Peter Andros of Sausage König comes to DANK Haus for wurst-making of the very best kind! 
    Peter has been making sausages for 8 years and started Sausage König with his wife Cheryl 3 years ago.
    They make unique and very flavorful sausages you won’t find in any butcher shop. he class will cover sausage making basics regarding food safety, types of sausages,
    materials, seasoning, and equipment needed. Peter will also make two different sausages for the class. You’ll get a taste of his best-selling, traditionally flavored Onion Brat as well as a delicious breakfast sausage which requires no special equipment and anyone can make at home!


    As always, the class fee includes hands-on instruction, generous tastings, recipes, a drink from the bar, and of course camaraderie.
    This class will fill up fast so register now!
    • Monday, August 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, August 17, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Dank Haus German American Cultural Center
    • 7
    Register

    DANK Haus Kinderschule Sommercamp is a fun introduction to and reinforcement of German language and culture for kids ages 9-12.  
    Because it was so much fun last year ... this year's theme will once more be "Wenn ich groß bin - When I grow up" and circle around all things skilled trades and jobs. 
    We have two fun-packed weeks planned for our "apprentices" to explore "Berufe" (professions). We will find inspiration for hands-on projects when visiting local fashion and interior designers, Lincoln Square bakers and cooks, purchase fresh snacks at the Farmers Market right outside our doors, haul food donations and unclaimed Lost & Found clothing items to the The Friendship Center Food Pantry, say "Hallo" to Yoga instructors ... and more! Sommercamp is hosted August 6 through 17 from 9am to 3pm. Before & after care is available. Flexible registration for one or two weeks.   


    • Monday, August 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, August 17, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Dank Haus German American Cultural Center
    • 2
    Register

    DANK Haus Kinderschule Sommercamp is a fun introduction to and reinforcement of German language and culture for kids ages 9-12.  
    Because it was so much fun last year ... this year's theme will once more be "Wenn ich groß bin - When I grow up" and circle around all things skilled trades and jobs. 
    We have two fun-packed weeks planned for our "apprentices" to explore "Berufe" (professions). We will find inspiration for hands-on projects when visiting local fashion and interior designers, Lincoln Square bakers and cooks, purchase fresh snacks at the Farmers Market right outside our doors, haul food donations and unclaimed Lost & Found clothing items to the The Friendship Center Food Pantry, say "Hallo" to Yoga instructors ... and more! Sommercamp is hosted August 6 through 17 from 9am to 3pm. Before & after care is available. Flexible registration for one or two weeks.


    • Friday, August 10, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W. Belle Plaine, Chicago, IL 60613
    • 26
    Register

    Learn how bier is made by München-trained master brewers!

    Date: Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 7:00pm 

    Cost: $10

    Location: Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W. Belle Plaine, Chicago, IL 60613

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of Dovetail Brewery! End the evening in the tap room with your own pint of Lager, Pilsner, Hefeweizen or Rauchbier! Although the owners are from Chicago, they met in Munich at the Doemens Institute while studying for their Master Brewer Certifications. Their goal is to produce beer of the highest quality similar to the level of craftsmanship found in fine woodworking. They merge continental European styles and techniques with American creativity to produce the kind of beers found in small, family-run breweries in Europe. They respect both traditional brewing methods and modern brewing creativity to create sublime beers that play on all of the senses and uplift their customers.

    Tour duration: 1 hour.

    <<Click the "Register" button to the left to reserve your spot on the tour!

    • Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Lincoln Square Farmers Market, N Lincoln Ave & W Leland Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

    Visit Kinderschule at the Lincoln Square Farmers Market! We'll have balloon Wiener Dogs, giant bubbles, a craft and answers to all your questions about kids and teen German classes at DANK Haus!

    • Tuesday, August 14, 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.

    • Friday, August 24, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 4th Floor Scharpenberg Art Gallery
    • 200
    Register


    Come join us for a reception celebrating our Glory of Germania exhibit! Guests will have the opportunity to listen to our keynote speaker while enjoying refreshments and viewing the mosaic from our viewing platform. Prints of the mosaic will be available for purchase, so come and support us and our restoration efforts! 

    Note: Advanced registration is required. All registrants 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).

    • 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.

    • 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
    Register


    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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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

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