Join our magic class and learn two tricks from Magic Dave, Professional Magician from Ash's Magic Shop. Suitable for ages 7 - 107.



Free Zoom tutorial class for seniors teaches the basics for navigating this new technology. All are welcome to join!


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!

Classes Offered

The Germanic Origins of the English Language:

Learn how influences from the 5th century have shaped modern English, with Mike Haas. Thurs, May 14 at 7:00pm

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Virtual Garden Series

Join us Saturday Mornings at 9:00 AM for our three part mini gardening series with Kasey Eaves on Facebook Live. 

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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 monthly on Zoom.

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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!


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!


Scharpenberg Gallery

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

Take A Virtual Tour!

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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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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Virtual Maifest 

DANK Haus is hosting a Virtual Maifest where we can still celebrate our German culture and traditions! We anticipate a weekend filled with a variety of events.

Virtual BINGO!

Join us Wed. May 13th  for a fun filled evening and play this game of chance. 50% of the pot will go to DANK Haus and 50% will be divided up as game prizes. Buy as many cards as you like to increase your odds!

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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.


Scharpenberg Gallery

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

Kaffee, Kuchen

& Kino

We can't wait to return to our Saturday morning Heimat German movies from the 40's, 50's and 60's. Until then, please stay safe!


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


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, May 26, 2020
    • 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Saturday, May 30, 2020
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • DANK Haus

    Class Description

    Review and practice your skills from Elementary I before enrolling in Elementary II this summer. this class will review German language structure and concepts in two intensive review sessions.  

    Class Structure: Students will have the opportunity to talk to their teacher and their classmates in two 60 minute zoom sessions on Tuesday (8:30PM-9:30PM) and Saturday (9:30AM-10:30AM).  In addition, students will receive assignments from their teacher via email. Materials provided by your Instructor.  

    Prerequisites: Want to refresh your basic German? This is your class!

    Maximum Enrollment: 6 Students   

    ***Payment must be received within 15 minutes of registration to avoid cancelling your enrollment. Please contact Danica Polanski with any questions.

    • Friday, May 29, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Sunday, May 31, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
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    Join us for the first ever DANK Haus Virtual Maifest!

    Friday, May 29th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Saturday, May 30th 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Sunday, May 31st 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Let's celebrate together our German American heritage and the beginning of spring! Traditionally, we come together to celebrate Maifest in Lincoln Square, the heart of our German community in Chicago.

    In past years, up to 35,000 guests come to enjoy a grilled Bratwurst, sample a piece of Bienenstich cake, and hoist a Hofbrau German Bier in the warm sunshine. We sing and dance to Paloma Band of Chicago, cheer our youngest performers that treat us to ethnic dances, and wear our best dirndls and lederhosen for everyone to admire.

    Due to the coronavirus, we can no longer gather in person, but we will not let a worldwide pandemic stop us from celebrating - zusammen - together!

    Everyone is welcome to purchase a $20 "Virtual Wristband,", an all access pass to over 12 hours of entertainment! Here is a sample of our lineup:

    - Live interactive presentation form Consul General Wolfgang Mössinger on his 30 years as a German Consulate and the posts where he and his family served.

    - Live cooking class with Carol Himmel from Himmel's Restaurant.

    - Prerecorded past performances of German clubs and organizations.

    - Stein Holding Contest sponsored by the Rheinischer Verein

    - Bingo - a chance to win up to $100 cash prizes, one card included with your registration!

    - Screening of Gemütlichkeit documentary film about the beloved Chicago Brauhaus

    - Pet Parade - dress your pet up and you may win one of three $100 prizes from Ruff Haus and Urban Pooch

    - Lectures and so much more! Visit our dedicated page on our website for the complete schedule at

    We will also have curbside pick up of all of your favorite festival food and alcohol Please check out our menu in our shopping cart here:

    Your $20 wristband is a direct donation to the DANK Haus. As a preferred vendor at Maifest Chicago, we have come to rely on the revenue we earn from selling food and beverage at the event. Our past three year average net income from Maifest Chicago was $75,000 per year. Maifest Chicago has been our number one fundraiser for decades. We enlist over 300 volunteers to work 500 shifts over the 4 day event. We hope that many of you can join us for our celebration. If you wish to donate more than $20 per household for access to our programming, you may double your contribution by adding the + $20 donation when you register. You may also donate any amount on our website at Thank you for your support! We want to remain solvent for future generations! Danke!

    • Saturday, May 30, 2020
    • 12:15 PM (CDT)
    • VIRTUAL From Your Own Home

    Education Subcommittee 

    Join us on Saturday, May 30th at 12:15 PM for our Education Subcommittee. We will discuss plans for the fall regarding 

    • a full day preschool and kindergarten in the fall,
    • our Saturday Kinderschule,
    • adult classes,
    • safety measures for our students.
    Please register for the subcommittee to receive the zoom link and the agenda. 

    Please feel free to reach out to if you have any questions or concerns regarding our program.

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

    **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.


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