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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, November 15, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    • Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

    Friday, November 15th

    Doors Open - 5:00 PM

    Performance from 6:00 - 7:15 PM

    Cliff Dwellers | 200 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

    Join us for some delightful melodies! Enjoy the works of two German composers, Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, Nonet Op. 139 (1885) and Peter von Winter, Octet (1813), performed by the Chicago NonetBoth pieces are for a string and wind instrument ensemble: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon.This combination of instruments is rarely heard but wonderful!

    Performers are members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, and other groups.

    Doors open at 5:00 PM and the concert takes place from 6 PM to 7:15 PM at Cliff Dwellers200 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Guests will see breathtaking views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan in this opulent venue. Security personnel will guide you to the dedicated elevator to the top floor. 

    General admission is $12.50, $10 for members. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be available for purchase.  

    Tickets are available online. Please let us know you are attending the concert by registering in advance.

    • Friday, November 15, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    • 6th Floor - Skyline Lounge

    Friday, November 15th

    7:30 pm | 6th Floor Skyline Lounge

    Join us for Stammtisch-Open House on Friday, Nov 15th.  Doors open at 7:30 for a fun filled evening with food, music and celebration! November marks the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

    We will be listening to the music from 80's and 90's and hoisting our steins in celebration of the reunification of Germany! Bratwursts, pretzels and drinks will be available for purchase.

    Stammtisch is held in our popular Skyline Lounge complete with panoramic views of the city and vintage bar.

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

    • Saturday, November 16, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Come join us for St. Martins Tag - a family-friendly celebration with crafts and activities! We are excited to share this special German day with you and your family!

    Admission is free and Laterne is included!

    Food and beverages will be for sale - including Bratwurst, hot dogs, pretzels, juice, coffee, soda, and water. Adults can purchase beer and wine from the bar.

    Skip the lines and buy your tickets online for food, drinks and face painting. Or buy them at the event. Doors open at noon.

    Proceeds support the DANK Haus Language School program and future special events.

    Ticket Prices

    Hot Dog - 3 tickets

    Pretzel - 2 tickets

    Juice Box/Coffee - 1 ticket 

    Water - 2 tickets

    Beer - 5 tickets

    Face Painting - 5 tickets

    • Friday, November 22, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 5th floor, Kitchen

    Kulturküche - Rouladen

    November 22nd | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm | 5th Floor Kitchen

    Join us for German-inspired cooking classes at the DANK Haus! This month, Chef Rita Schubert cooks up classic Rouladen, a German meat dish, consisting of bacon, onions and pickles wrapped in thinly sliced beef.

    Rouladen is among most authentic German dishes. What could be better than to serve this as your traditional German Christmas food or other holidays or birthdays ... or anytime you have something special to celebrate?

    Hurry! Tickets sell out fast for our popular Kulturküche Classes!

    $28 per person / $24 for “Friends of DANK Haus” Members. Class is held Friday, Nov. 22nd and starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Beverages will be available for purchase at the bar.

    Free Parking available in the 5/3 Bank at Western & Gunnison.

    • Saturday, November 30, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Lincoln Square
    There’s a lot in-store for shoppers this Small Business Saturday!  Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce transforms the business community into a Holiday wonderland, complete with festive decorations, carolers, ice sculptures, and a tree lighting ceremony.  As always, DANK Haus will be in Giddings Plaza from 11am-7pm serving German glühwein, beer, and hot apple cider!

    Businesses throughout the area offer shoppers great promotions and discounts on this special day, while restaurants showcase their best menu items.  Come out and celebrate what makes Shopping Small so important!

    For more information, please check http://www.lincolnsquare.org/small-business-saturday

    • Saturday, December 14, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Marunde Ballroom - DANK Haus 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago Illinois 60625

    Come join us for a warm indoor Weihnachtsmarkt with German-inspired Christmas shopping, Glühwein, food, music and more!

    Our Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) takes place on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 from 11:00am to 6:00pm. We will have German food and drink for sale as you stroll through rows of festive stands. This is a great holiday event for families and children of all ages. Our Haus will be decorated in beautiful holiday splendor, a perfect back drop for your own cherished memories.

    Santa Claus himself will arrive at 1:00pm and kick off a series of horse drawn carriage rides through Lincoln Square, $8.00 per person. Space is limited, so book carriage ride tickets while you still can by clicking the "Registration" button to the left.

    Admission to the market will be a suggested $5 donation at the door. All proceeds from the event will support cultural programming at the DANK Haus.

    Vendors: There are still a few spots left! We are especially interested in vendors with hand-crafted treasures and unique gifts to sell.  Contact Laura Engel at lauraengel@dankhaus.com to reserve your spot today.

    Visit the DANK Haus at 4740 N. Western Ave. Chicago IL, located just one block west of the Western Brown Line.

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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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