Opening Reception: Stitched Memories

Meet artist Dana Florenta and view her patchwork of colors in our first floor gallery on Friday, August 20.


Laura Freeman in Concert

Join us on September 2nd as Chicago cabaret favorite Laura Freeman performs the music of Doris Day.


Postwar Germany: Stunde Null 1945 to the Berlin Wall

Join moderator Mike Haas for this 16 week history course diving into Postwar Germany.



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


We can't wait to return to our regular Open Haus Stammtisch events where everyone is welcome to Our Skyline Lounge is usually open the 3rd Friday of each month. Come join us for drinks, food, and fun when we return to normal!



We're back! Join us every Wednesday for a gemütlichen Klatsch on Zoom.

Register for Free!

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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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


Upcoming events

    • Friday, August 20, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM (CDT)
    • 6th Floor, Skyline Lounge & Terrace

    Friday, August 20th, 7:30-11:00 PM

    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 newly renovated Skyline Lounge! Delicious food and drink will be available for purchase. 

    Suggested donation: $5

    Please be consider registering in advance to help us keep track of attendance and adhere to all current COVID guidelines.

    Note: Masks are optional for patrons that have received the COVID-19 vaccination.

    • Wednesday, September 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Virtual/in-person


    Through this page you can book one of our teachers for private (1 student) or semi-private (2 students) German lessons. We teach all levels, and all ages.

    We will connect you with the teacher of your choice, and you can choose between one trial class, 5 sessions, or 10 sessions.

    Each session is 45 minutes.

    Classes are generally virtual, but if you prefer, teachers may also be available to meet in-person, please confer with your teacher.

    After payment, we will connect you with the teacher of your choice (select "I love all of them" if you do not have a preference). You can then make an appointment with her/him/them.

    Registration for tutoring will open end of August, as our teachers are re-energizing over the summer break.

    • Thursday, September 02, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • 5th Floor, Marunde Ballroom

    Thursday, September 2nd @ 7:00pm

    Join us on Thursday, September 2nd at 7:00pm for this Sentimental Journey through the music of Doris Day! 

    Doris Day passed away in 2019 at the age of 97.

    To celebrate her amazing life, Chicago cabaret favorite, Laura Freeman will host a celebration of her music. A regular performer at such Chicago sights as; The Auditorium Theatre, The Park West, Davenports Piano Bar, Freedom Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center, Miss Freeman…”becomes the character reflected in the song. It shines in her face, in her voice, and above all, in her heart.” (Carla Gordon, Cabaret Scenes).Who better to highlight this singer’s journey? Having recorded over 600 songs, Day is known for such hits as Sentimental Journey, Secret Loveand Everybody Loves a Lover. Doris was not just a pretty voice and a pratfall. She represents the spirit of us all, at various times in history. She was the voice of the returning service men from World War II. She was the voice of the early women’s lib movement, representing single career woman everywhere. She was also the voice of a grieving gay community, at the height of the AIDS crisis. Her rendition of My Buddy, sung for her friend Rock Hudson, was used to say goodbye to sons, brothers and lovers in the early 80’s.

    This event will take place on the 5th floor of the DANK Haus and is generously sponsored by John Bareither. There is no cost to attend, however all donations are greatly appreciated.

    • Monday, September 20, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Monday, December 13, 2021
    • (CST)
    • 12 sessions
    • online

    Class Description: During this 6 week online class you can take your German to the next level. We will talk, listen to, watch, and read about current events happening in German speaking countries. The topics might range from sports to local elections, or from the arts to economics. And while the focus is on current events, the inherent grammar and vocabulary of the studied sources will also be discussed.

    This class offers two independent sessions, and each is 6 weeks long. You can attend one session, or both, simply select the one(s) you want to attend during the registering process.

    Class Structure: Students will have the opportunity to talk to their teacher and their classmates in 90 minute online sessions and practice their German in break-out rooms.

    Online Meeting Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 8pm CST

    • Session I: September 20 - October 25
    • Session II: November 1 - December 13

    Materials: Your instructor will provide the required materials.

    PrerequisitesThis class is tailored to students who are currently enrolled in Beginner IV and up (or the equivalent of CEFR level A2+). Please take our placement test to see if this class is right for you.

    Choose your Session(s): Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to take

    • Session I (September 20 - October 25),
    • Session II (November 1 - December 13),
    • or both.  
    Each 6 week session costs $127. Or you can book both for $250.

    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students 

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


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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