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


Oktoberfest Curbside Pick-Up

Celebrate Oktoberfest this year with delicious German food from the DANK Haus available for curbside pick-up!

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 10/25 Virtual Event

Saved From Rust: The American Love Affair with the Volkswagen Bus


10/27 Virtual Event: The Voyages of Our German Immigrants 


Pretzel Blitz

Learn how to make delicious pretzels! In-Person & Online options available!


November Stammtisch - The Music of Doris Day

Join us for our monthly Stammtisch featuring the music of Doris Day performed by Laura Freeman!



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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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!

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!


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!


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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German Day 2020

(Food Sales Are Closed!) 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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Upcoming events

    • 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.

    • Friday, October 23, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Friday, December 11, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 3 sessions

    Calling all parents! Bring your own coffee, and join the conversation with other parents. Share ideas and experiences about raising multicultural/multilingual children. This is a great opportunity to relax and have fun.

    Because of the pandemic, we will be holding all Parent Cafés virtual for the foreseeable future. We will meet once a month using Zoom, usually at 8pm on the third (or fourth) Friday of the month.

    Our next meeting will be on Friday, October 23, at 8pm.

    We will send out Zoom invites to all our parents, and if you haven't received one, but would like to be invited, please contact

    • Friday, October 30, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Friday, November 13, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 3 sessions
    • DANK Haus + Online

    The Pretzel Blitz is back!

    We are hosting 3 pretzel making classes in October and November. Why? 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 10 students in our industrial kitchen at the DANK Haus. These ten 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 3 class times to choose from - and even added one class 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, October 30, 2020 - 6:30 PM

    Friday, November 6, 2020 - 1:00 PM

    Friday, November 13, 2020 - 6:30 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, November 20, 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (CST)
    • 5th Floor Marunde Grand Ballroom, DANK Haus

    Friday, November 20th @ 7:30pm

    Join us on Friday, November 20th at 7:30pm for this Sentimental Journey through the music of Doris Day! Our November Stammtisch will feature live music by Chicago cabaret favorite Laura Freeman, authentic German food, and drinks. Please make sure to register in advance as we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins. 

    This event will take place on the 5th floor of the DANK Haus.

    $50 per person- Includes entrance into the event, dinner, two drink tickets, and live music by Laura Freeman. Additional beer and snacks will be available for purchase. 

    $40 per person-Includes entrance into the event, 2 drink tickets, and live music by Laura Freeman. Additional beer, dinner and snacks will be available for purchase.

    $10 per person (Virtual Option) Zoom login to watch the entertainment from home anywhere in the world.

    Please note that we are limited to 50 people at the in-person event for safe social distancing, and masks are mandatory.

    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 50 in-person guests. This number may decrease based on what our limitations are at the time of the event. 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.

    The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is doing everything we can to protect you as well as our workers and volunteers. To this extent, we will be following the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and local health department guidelines with regard to social distancing practices in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This will require our staff and volunteers to maintain six (6) feet of distance between ourselves and you, as much as possible. We will also be requiring this same procedure for client-to-client contact in order to limit the exposure to all individuals. We will require all individuals (staff, volunteers, and clients) to use either surgical masks or improvised masks such as scarves, bandanas, and handkerchiefs to reduce the risk of exposure to yourself and others. It is also required of everyone to either wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival and after using the restroom, sneezing, or coughing. If we all work together, we can overcome the spread of this virus as well as other infectious diseases.


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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