German Day 2020

Celebrate German heritage safely  this fall. Order your favorite food to pick up curbside at the DANK Haus on Saturday,  September 12 (12 - 5 PM). Support your neighborhood community cultural center!

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Beyond Good and Evil

Join Course Moderator Mike Haas on a 16 week study/discussion of Germans and Germany during the Third Reich,1933-1945. Starting 1 October. Thursdays 7 - 9 PM



Elvis is in the Haus!

Join us in person or online for a LIVE performance of Michael St. Angel as Elvis Presley. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8:00 pm

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Opening Reception: 

Urban Life / Social Fabric

July 24, 5:00–8:00pm

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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


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!



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!

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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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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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!

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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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!


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

    • Friday, July 10, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Friday, August 21, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • DANK Haus + Online Event
    • 464

    The return of Pretzel Blitz!

    We are hosting 6 pretzel making classes in July and August. Why? Pretzels LOVE warm weather and we LOVE pretzels! Our classes will be a combination of in-person live event and a live telecasted Zoom event. We will host up to 8 students in our industrial kitchen at the DANK Haus. These eight students will get hands on training from Reinhard Richter, our resident Pretzel Meister, and take home their homemade pretzels at the end of the class. Simultaneously, the class will be broadcast on Zoom so additional students can join the course from the comfort of their home and learn how to make this uniquely German treat!

    We have 6 class times to choose from - and even added two classes in the daytime – to accommodate busy schedules. Our new format is perfect for Chicago locals that want to have an intimate and safe event to attend and anyone near or far can attend through Zoom! No matter if you are in person or online, you will get the same great pretzel making tips so you can make authentic German pretzels from home. All students will get the recipe and be able to communicate directly with our chef.

    Class schedule:

    Friday, July 10, 2020 - 6:30 PM

    Friday, July 17, 2020 - 6:30 PM

    Friday, July 24, 2020 - 1:00 PM

    Friday, August 7, 2020 - 6:30 PM

    Friday, August 14, 2020 - 6:30 PM

    Friday, August 21, 2020 - 1:00 PM

    Fee: $30 in person - class size limited to 8 students. Students will be required to wear face masks. In person students will receive one free beverage of choice and will take home freshly baked pretzels. Class time estimated 2 hours.

    Fee: $10 online - class size is limited to 95 students. Students will receive recipe and live instruction where they can ask our chef questions. Class time estimated 75 minutes.

    • Friday, August 21, 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM (CDT)
    • DANK Haus + Online

    Elvis is in the Haus!

    Friday August 21@ 7:30 PM CST

    Live Performance and Broadcast From DANK Haus!

    Aloha! Looking to enjoy the summer groove before it's gone? Ready to try some safe social distancing at the DANK Haus? Join us for our monthly Open House, Stammtisch. This month we are featuring acclaimed Elvis impersonator, Michael St. Angel, as the King of Rock-N-Roll! Slick your hair and shake-rattle-and-roll the night away with good friends and great music! Plus you can enjoy a rockin' view of the Chicago skyline from the rooftop terrace.

    Doors open at 7:30 PM and the concert begins promptly at 8:00 PM.

    You can join us in person at the DANK Haus (limited to 25 people for safe social distancing) to watch Michael St. Angel, LIVE, in person in the Marunde Ballroom OR join from the comfort of your own home with Zoom. Either way, you will be serenaded by the wonderful music of the King of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis, who is also one of the most famous German Americans in the world!

    Special Prices are as follows:

    $20 per person- watch the live performance in the Marunde Ballroom. Beer and snacks will be available for purchase.

    $30 per person- includes a meal with the live broadcast from the Marunde Ballroom. Drinks sold separately.

    $10 per person- Zoom login to watch from home anywhere in the world.

    Note: at this time, advanced registration is highly recommended and we will only allow credit card transactions the day of the event. We are currently planning on 25 in-person guests. This number may decrease based on what our limitations are at the time of the performance. In the event that our in-person event is canceled or modified, ticket holders will be given a credit for a future DANK Haus event or a refund. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

    • Friday, August 21, 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 11:30 PM (CDT)
    • Skyline Lounge

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    Aloha! Looking to enjoy the summer groove before it's gone? Join us for our monthly Stammtisch Open Haus! This month we are featuring acclaimed Elvis impersonator, Michael St. Angel, as the King of Rock-N-Roll! Slick your hair, put on your blue suede shoes, and shake-rattle-and-roll the night away with good friends and great music! Plus you can enjoy a rockin' view of the Chicago skyline from the Skyline Lounge.

    Doors open at 7:30 PM. $5 suggested donation at the door.
    Food & drinks are available for purchase.
    Free parking is located at 5/3rd Bank, on Western & Gunnison.
    • Friday, September 11, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

    Join us for a reception of German-American artist Barbara Diener's show "The Rocket's Red Glare." The exhibition explores the controversial life of Wernher von Braun, a German aerospace engineer who worked for the U.S. government under the program Operation Paperclip, which recruited scientists who had worked for the Nazis. This show explores Wernher von Braun’s life in Huntsville, Alabama where he developed a rocket that traveled to the moon. Rather than simply retelling the complex story, "The Rocket's Red Glare" poses questions and looks at how history is passed on through generations.

    The reception will have two shifts, each limited to 25 guests. Please note our COVID-19 safety measures:

    • Masks are required without exception. If using a clear face shield, a mask must be worn underneath. 
    • Social distancing will be strictly enforced.
    • You will be asked to wait outside the gallery until ample space is made inside to allow for social distancing. 
    • A 30-minute disinfecting period will happen between shifts. 
    • Saturday, September 12, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • DANK Haus German American Cultural Center
    • 210

    DANK Haus German Day Curbside Food Pick-up!

    Saturday, September 12th 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Although the annual German Day festival and parade have been canceled, does not mean you still cannot celebrate German American Heritage and the arrival of fall.  Back by popular demand with our Virtual Maifest, the DANK Haus will be offering traditional German festival fare for curbside pick-up on Saturday, September 12th from noon-5pm.  This is a fundraising opportunity for Chicago's only German American Cultural Center.  Purchase your food today and support your neighborhood community cultural center.  Please note that You will have to reserve your one hour time slot for curbside food pick-up. 

    Please check out our menu in our shopping cart here:

     You may also donate any amount on our website at Thank you for your support! We want to remain solvent for future generations! Danke!

    • Thursday, October 01, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Thursday, February 18, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CST)
    • DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

    Beyond Good and Evil: to Götterdämmerung in the Third Reich, 1933/1945

    Join us in 16-week class as we explore the impact of the Nazi Party on German citizens, a people once considered among the most learned in Europe, as they found themselves caught in the undertow of a diabolical riptide of moral darkness and depravity which defined and culminated in the Holocaust.

    Course moderator Mike Haas explains the significant historical events which brought the  Nazis to power in 1933 and then leads us through this darkest chapter of German history until Third Reich's complete and utter destruction in 1945.

    As noted by Peter Fritsche in Life and Death in the Third Reich (2008):

    “Many Germans despised the Nazis though they made compromises along the way. Yet most people identified with the Third Reich, and most believed that the Nazis had healed the wounds of German history. At the end of the war, it was very difficult for Germans to come to grips with their initial political desire for the Nazis and their later feelings of betrayal or to evaluate the parts they and their fellow citizens played in the construction of the racial community and in the pursuit of war and genocide or even to recognize the fundamental, revolutionary aims of National Socialism. Postwar debates and discussions preoccupied families for decades and spilled over from one generation to the next.”

    A discussion that not only continues to this day but will be of primary concern in this course. 

    Please note:

    Due to social distancing, the in person course will be limited to the number of students that are allowed at the time of the start of the course on October 1, 2020. Class seats will be filled on a first come first served basis. Students that wish to take the course online will be given a login for the course 24 hours or more, prior to the first class. The class will have 16 sessions. There are 18 sessions on the calendar as two of the dates are reserved for make up dates in the event of foul weather or mandated closures that could be out of our control. In the event that the course is converted to 100% online, the difference in the course fee will be applied to another event at the DANK Haus, refunded or you may elect to donate at the time of any such changes should arise. We are excited to have this course continue and will provide a safe learning environment for all students. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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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Chicago, IL 60625

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