Virtual Book Club

Join us in supporting The Book Cellar, our local book retailer, and make new friends at the same time! Meetings will be held 2nd and 4th Thursdays.

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U30 Haus Party

All 18 - 30 year-olds are invited to come dance to contemporary German music featuring today's top hits from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Admission is FREE. Drinks and snacks available for purchase.


Intro to Genealogy

Learn basics skills and tricks of the trade for tracing your family's roots in this informative class on Saturday, March 14, 2020.


Scharpenberg Gallery

Excerpts from over 30 interviews of German Americans about their immigration to the USA. Exhibit open February 28 through April 17th.

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Excerpts from over 30 interviews of German Americans about their immigration to the USA. Exhibit open February 28 through April 17th.

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Everyone is welcome to join us for our monthly Open Haus! Our Skyline Lounge is open the 3rd Friday of each month. Come join us for drinks, food, and fun! Doors open at 7:30 PM. Bring a friend!



Learn how to make traditional German inspired dishes. Our popular cooking classes are held monthly. Get hands-on experience, generous tasting, recipes and a free drink with each course!



Come to the Haus and enjoy local and international musicians and performers. Our concert series feature a wide array of styles and genres. Concerts are free and open to the public .

Concert Schedule


We moved our Kaffeeklatsch to Wednesday night from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Facebook Live.  Deutsch üben und neue Freunde finden.

Now Facebook Live!

Scharpenberg Gallery

1 Cancer Patient Exhibit Opening Reception (date to be determined)


Kaffee, Kuchen

& Kino

Every Saturday morning from September through June we offer seniors an opportunity to socialize and watch Heimat German movies from the 40's, 50's and 60's.

Movie Schedule

Parent Café

Are you raising bilingual or multilingual children? Parent Café is a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas, resources and form new friends with other parents of multilingual children.

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Maifest Chicago

Don your Dirndl or Lederhosen and celebrate Spring at Maifest in Lincoln Square. Enjoy brats, bier and dancing to some of the best German bands in Chicago. Interested in helping out?

Volunteer at Maifest


Our signature indoor Oktoberfest is held annually on the third Friday of Oktober in our historic Marunde Ballroom. Try your luck at the stein holding contest. You may go home with our coveted raffle prize, the now infamous"barrel of booze"! Bring friends and introduce them to a dose of German Gastfreundschaft!


Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM


    Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    7:00 PM 

    Sign up today for our virtual cooking class with Carol Himmel and $5.00 will go directly to the restaurant! Restaurants, and their employees, nationwide have been directly impacted by the forced closings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of you would like to help - and ensure - that one of our favorite German restaurants remains strong and open long after this crisis has ended and here's how you can help, no matter where you are!

    We are offering a virtual cooking class with Carol Himmel! She will be preparing her famous Schnitzel. If you have ever eaten at her restaurant, you know how delicious this dish is.  Course is 35 minutes long and after the demonstration, students will be able to ask Carol questions.

    How will it work? When you register for the class ($10 per person), you will receive an email confirmation from our system. Later you will receive a second email from ( that will have a link for the class and a copy of the recipe so you can follow along. In the second email you will have detailed instructions on how to download and tips on making the most of the class. 

    Prior to taking the class, you will want to download on your computer or smart phone. This application is free and takes about one minute. We will even help you if are having trouble using the program.

    The class will start EXACTLY at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Simply click on the link, join the class and watch Carol cook! You will be able to see other people on the call and even ask Carol questions at the end of the class. 

    $5.00 will go to support Himmel's Restaurant and $5.00 will go to support the DANK Haus.

    • Thursday, April 09, 2020
    • 7:00 PM


    April 9th - Introduction Meeting

    April 23rd - Book Review

    Join our book club from the comfort of your own home! Suzy from The Book Cellar has selected our first title, Olive Kitteridge.

    This fictional story is set in Crosby, Maine, where the main character, Olive, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large.  As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life—sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition—its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

    There Is no fee to join the book club. Meetings will be held virtually through on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, until we can meet in real life.

    You may already have the book in your collection, or if you need a copy, you can purchase it online from our local bookstore, The Book Cellar. All books will be shipped in two to three business days.

    PLEASE register for this class so you can receive the link for the virtual meeting. You may also email us at

    Order your book online:

    • Friday, April 17, 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Skyline Lounge

    Come one, come all to our first ever VIRTUAL Stammtisch Open Haus on April 17th, 2020! Join us as we celebrate good friends and good times at the DANK Haus. The virtual party begins at 7:30!

    Simply click this link and you will be prompted to install on your computer, tablet or smart phone. Once you've joined the meeting, you can see fellow guests, say hello and even try your hand our virtual trivia game!

    Since we can't serve you any beer, may we suggest stopping by Dovetail Brewery before the virtual party? They have packaged goods that you can purchase in advance and pick up curbside. We recommend the Hellas! And for your dining pleasure, why not order from Himmel's Restaurant? Pick up their daily special and treat yourself while you and your friends play our trivia game!

    This is a great way to meet new friends, or bring your friends and introduce them to the Haus! Normally, Stammtisch is held in our Skyline Lounge, complete with vintage bar and unbeatable panoramic views of the Chicago skyline, but we are being creative and hope to spread some joy to all that join!

    Remember, just click on this link at 7:30 PM (or whenever you want to join us!) on Friday, April 17, 2020. 

    Join here:

    • Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    • 5:45 PM
    • Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    • 6:15 PM
    • Library, 4th Floor

    Join us for a cup of coffee and a good German conversation. DANK Haus student or not: German speakers of all levels are invited to join DANK Haus teachers and staff for our weekly chat auf Deutsch!

    Kaffeeklatsch will be hosted every Wednesday from 5:30-6:15pm in Room 206. 

    • Friday, May 01, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 4740 N. Western Ave


    This disease and its consequences can be fought with strength and humor."

    "We are each 1 Cancer Patient."

    - Traci Asher

    "1 Cancer Patient" highlights 5 women who have faced cancer or are currently facing it. Each experience is unique, and their work shows different ways their fight has been navigated. At our opening reception, meet the artists and take in these impactful works.

    Featured Artists:

    • Sara Peak Convery
    • Jane Michalski
    • Nancy Pirri
    • Laura Marie Sanchez
    • and the photography of Traci Asher by  Warren Perlstein, Georgina Caites, and Stacy Cain

    Media include photography, painting, sculpture, and mosaic. The subject matter can be difficult for viewers and includes nudity.

    The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition is located in our 4th floor Scharpenberg Gallery and runs through June 6, 2020. Free parking is located at 5/3 Bank at the corner of Western and Gunnison.

    • Friday, May 01, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 4740 N. Western Avenue

    Andrew Schulze in Concert!

    Come and enjoy a live performance in our 5th Floor ballroom showcasing the works of three of Germany's most beloved composers, "The Three Bs: A Concert of Music by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms." This special concert will feature the singing of bass-baritone Andrew Schultze and Svetlana Belsky on the piano in a performance of songs, arias and keyboard.

    Andrew Schultze is an active performer, conductor, stage director and teacher. He is well known as an interpreter of the standard opera/oratorio repertoire, as a concert singer, and as a specialist in the performance of early music. He has performed around the world including Austria, France, Italy and more. His rich voice and lively conversation is welcome by guests and audience members.

    Andrew will be accompanied by Svetlana Belsky is an in-demand recitalist and chamber pianist, noted for her remarkable rapport with audiences and stylistic versatility. She has appeared in the Ukraine, Russia, Poland, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and throughout the United States. Her performance credits include Carnegie Recital Hall, Kiev Philharmonic Hall, Dame Myra Hess Series, Music in the Loft, countless university concert series, live recitals on Chicago’s WFMT and New York’s WQXR, and guest appearances with the University of Chicago Symphony, Southern Illinois Symphony, Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Tutti Orchestra.

    Admittance to the performance free. A $5 donation is suggested. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Free parking is located at 5/3 Bank located at Western and Gunnison Avenue. 

    • Thursday, May 21, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 4740 N. Western Avenue

    Don't miss this special event! In this one-of-a-kind concert, cabaret artist Laura Freeman will perform some of the most beloved tunes originally sung by the famous 1950's screen actress, Doris Day. Everyone young and old who enjoys good music will love this sentimental musical journey.

    Doors open at 6:30 PM and the performance starts at 7:00 PM. Food and beverage are available for purchase.

    Through the generosity of Mr. John Bareither, this performance is FREE and open to the public. A $5 per person suggestion donation to the DANK Haus is appreciated and welcome. 

    Free parking is available at 5/3 Bank located at Western and Gunnison.

    • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    **Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 17**

    This free professional development session will give you the tools to teach and initiate important discussions about the complex lessons of the Holocaust. In exploring classroom-tested strategies that can be implemented in your classroom or informal teaching setting, you will leave with confidence and materials to tackle the tough questions your students have about this subject. The why. The how.


    Echoes & Reflections is the premier source for Holocaust educational materials and dynamic content, empowering teachers and students with the insight needed to question the past and foresight to impact the future. E & R partner with educators to support them, foster confidence, and amplify their skills and resources to teach about the Holocaust in a comprehensive and meaningful way.


    Through this program, educators will:

    1. Explore a sound pedagogy for the planning and implementation of Holocaust education in the classroom;

    2. Examine instructional enhancements to support student learning and understanding;

    3. Discover and utilize classroom-ready digital assets including lesson plans, visual history testimonies, and additional primary source materials;

    4. Enhance personal knowledge about the Holocaust, including the history of antisemitism; and

    5. Build confidence and capacity to teach this complex subject.

    "The ultimate job of a teacher is to make connections to your students with the curriculum. You want them to walk away with a personal sense of responsibility. Echoes & Reflections helps me do that."

    - Social Studies Teacher, Pinebush High School, NY

    This event is free.

    Echoes & Reflections is a joint program of the ADL, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem.


Event Registration Policies

REFUND/CREDIT DANK Haus Events (language classes not included)                                                                                                             

Any intent to withdraw from a ticketed DANK Haus event has to be expressed in writing.  Full refunds less a 10% administrative fee are available until 24 hours before start time of the event. No refunds will be issued for events not attended.  Thank you for considering to turn your refund into a donation to the DANK Haus.

In the unfortunate event that DANK Haus has to cancel a ticketed event, you will be notified and a full refund will be issued.

By attending a DANK Haus event, I grant the DANK Haus permission to photograph or video me or my child’s participation in DANK Haus programs.  I also grant the DANK Haus permission to use me or my child’s likeness in a promotional capacity including, but not limited to print materials, web site, print, online or out of home media and other medium now or later developed.


4740 N. Western Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625

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