Karneval Gala & Fundraiser

Collected: $10,000.00
Goal: $25,000.00



February 22, 2020

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Stammtisch Open Haus

Everyone is welcome to join us for our monthly open house! Our 6th floor 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!

Kulturküche Cooking Classes 

Learn how to make traditional German inspired dishes at the DANK Haus. Our popular classes are held monthly in our commercial kitchen. You'll get hands-on experience, generous tastings, recipes and free drink when you sign up for classes.

Intro to Genealogy

MARCH 14, 2020

Register Here


Stop by every Wednesday night from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM for Kaffeeklatsch. We provide free coffee and a comfortable room to practice and polish your German Language skills. Es ist eine großartige Möglichkeit, Deutsch zu üben und neue Freunde zu finden.

Parent Café

Are you raising bilingual, trilingual or multilingual children? Do you want to meet with other parents that are facing the same challenges? Our monthly Parent Café is a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas, resources and form new friends with other parents of multilingual children. Meetings are free and parents (and kids) are welcome.

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. The films start at 1:00 PM, but drop by early for coffee and cake and a conversation with German friends. Schedules are posted in the main office and the Brandenburg Room.start promptly at 1:00 PM

Maifest Chicago

Don your Dirndl or Lederhosen and celebrate Spring at the annual Maifest in Lincoln Square. Over 35,000 guests come out for this outdoor festival and enjoy brats, bier and dancing to some of the best German bands in Chicago. Interested in helping out? Over 500 volunteers are needed to serve the hungry guests! 


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!


Come to the Haus and enjoy local and international musicians and performers. Our concert series feature a wide array of styles and genres. Check in regularly for updated events, dates and times. Most are free and open to the public .


Upcoming events

    • Friday, February 21, 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Skyline Lounge

    Come one, come all to our Stammtisch Open House on February 21st, 2020! There will be food and music as we celebrate good friends and good times at the DANK Haus. Doors open at 7:30!

    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, February 22, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM


    February 22, 2020

    7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    5th Floor Ballroom

    Karneval 2020 is our first ever annual gala and fundraiser to benefit the DANK Haus.

    Enjoy Karneval with all your friends and support the DANK Haus at the same time! You are invited to join in this German holiday tradition of celebration and the "5th Season"! Come dressed to impress and enjoy a night of dancing, food, entertainment and all around fun! Child Care Service is available for children 5 years and older. 

    Your tickets include tasting stations featuring German inspired food from Funkenhausen. Chef Mark Steuer creates unique dishes that bring together the unique flavors of the south that create a soulful mashup of cuisine and culture, perfect for our night of fun. Dovetail Brewery is bringing us local craft beer created by brew master Hagen Dost and there will be plenty of spirits from Koval Distillery and live entertainment from Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles that will make this an evening to remember.

    We will also have an opportunity for you to support the DANK Haus and our vision for the future by bidding on items in our silent and live auction. All of the proceeds will go to help modernize our classrooms, repair our building and fund more arts and cultural programming at the DANK Haus.

    We need your support! Individual tickets are available for purchase online. If you or your company wish to sponsor the event or purchase group tickets, please contact us at karneval@dankhaus.com for details on how you can get involved.

    Buy your tickets now as prices will go up as we get closer to the event!

    It's going to be a night of memories, fun and gratitude for all. We are looking forward to celebrating with you Karneval style. Danke for your support! Helau!


    $75 per person / $125 per couple

    • Saturday, February 22, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • DANK Haus 4740 N. Western Avenue.

    Saturday, February 22, 2020

    7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    2nd Floor Brandenburg Room

    Kids can come and enjoy a German Language children's Film, crafts and board games, while parents enjoy a night of fun in the ballroom during the the DANK Haus inaugural KARNEVAL gala & fundraiser on February 22, 2020.

    Parents that are attending the KARNEVAL Gala and Fundraiser may use use this event for child care services for children 5 years old and up, or with prior approval from Frau Polanski (danica@dankhaus.com).

    First child is $25 for the evening, additional siblings are $20 each.

    Popcorn & Drinks provided, please alert staff to any food allergies at check-in.

    • Thursday, March 05, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 4740 N. Western Ave.

    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, you will leave with increased confidence and effective 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. We 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, New York

    Sign up using "Register" link on this page. For more information, contact Museum Director Rosa Gallagher, rosa@dankhaus.com.

    This event is free, and the facility is wheelchair accessible.

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

    • Saturday, March 14, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave.
    • 25

    Attention beginners! 

    Retired genealogist and librarian of 25 years Michael Mulholland is coming to the DANK Haus to show you his top tools and guidelines for family research. Join our one-day intensive workshop to meet like-minded family researchers and get familiar with the field. Bring a pen and paper to take notes! The seminar will be held in our beautiful 6th floor Skyline Lounge. 

    What to expect:

    • See useful online resources demonstrated in action
    • Demystify family documents, civil records, and church records
    • Build your confidence as a beginner family researcher
    • Take home sample documents for family tree diagramming
    • Coffee and light refreshments! 

    There is free event parking at 5/3 Bank, located at the northwest corner of Western and Lawrence (1/2 block north of the DANK Haus). Those taking the CTA should get off at the Western brown line and walk one block north. 

    If you have questions, please email Rosa at rosa@dankhaus.com. You can also call 773-561-9181 x 4.


4740 N. Western Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.DANK Haus German American Cultural Center does not discriminate based on race, color, sexuality, national origin, sex, disability or age.

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