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We are known to throw the best events in the neighborhood. World Cup, Eurovision, Mayfest, Stammtisch, Kino, Comedy Shows, Classical Concerts, or Oktoberfest.  READ MORE


We offer German language classes for everyone from toddlers and kids to teens to adults. Registration for summer classes is now open!  READ MORE


Come experience the "Lost German Chicago" exhibit! Open Mon-Fri, 1:00pm - 5:00pm or by appointment. READ MORE

Hall Rentals

Plan your event in one of our beautiful, historic rooms. The elegant architectural details from the marble lobby to the gilt plaster frieze of the ballroom make the perfect setting.   READ MORE


There are over 7,000 volumes in our collection which includes several rare sets. Our collection includes adult fiction, history, poetry, drama, children's books, and more.   READ MORE


The Willi Scharpenberg Gallery hosts rotating artistic and historical exhibits in a wide range of media. READ MORE

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 19, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sunday, October 20, 2019
    • 5:00 PM

    Saturday, October 19th

    Sunday, October 20th

    Noon - 5 PM

    DANK Haus

    DANK Haus will be a featured building in the 2019 Open House Chicago City-Wide Event!

    Built in 1927, our building is part of the Chicago Architecture Center's self guided tour of 200 architectural and historical buildings in the city. In 1967 DANK (Deutsch Amerikanischer National Kongress) purchased the building from the Three Links Association, a fraternal organization, to house our library, museum, art gallery, and language school. 

    Guests are welcome to come and explore multiple floors of our building full of artifacts and secret spaces, including the elaborately-decorated Schlaraffia Club (rarely open to the public). Visitors can take in an exhibit in the Scharpenberg Gallery entitled "Once Upon A Stein", peruse the museum, and enjoy the sumptuous views of the city from our rooftop terrace.

    As a truly special feature, this year we will have a continuation of our indoor Oktoberfest in our Marunde Ballroom. Guests can enjoy some beer, pretzels and live entertainment from Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles Polka Band! Be sure to make DANK Haus part of your Open House Chicago tour!

    Wheel chair accessible.

    Photos permitted.

    Live entertainment.

    Snacks, beverages and beer available for purchase.

    Free parking at 5/3 Bank at Western and Gunnison.

    • Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    • 5:45 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Western Brown Line CTA Station and DANK Haus

    Celebrate the German Reunification 

    and the 30th Anniversary of Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Tuesday, November 5th| 5:45PM  - 9:00 PM

    You are invited to attend the celebration of the Reunification of Germany and the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of  the Berlin Wall on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

    The celebration begins with a re-dedication of the Berlin Wall Monument inside the Western Brown Line CTA Station (4648 N. Western Avenue) at 5:45 PM. Special guest speakers include Consul General Wolfgang Mössinger and DANK Haus President Dagmar Freiberger.

    After the re-dedication ceremony, the celebration will continue at the DANK Haus with complimentary appetizers, entertainment and opportunities for guests to share their own experiences that led up to and surrounding the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

    Free Parking at 5/3rd Bank Entrance on Western & Gunnison

    • Friday, November 15, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    • Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

    Friday, November 15th

    Doors Open - 5:00 PM

    Performance from 6:00 - 7:15 PM

    Cliff Dwellers | 200 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

    Join us for some delightful melodies! Enjoy the works of two German composers, Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, Nonet Op. 139 (1885) and Peter von Winter, Octet (1813), performed by the Chicago NonetBoth pieces are for a string and wind instrument ensemble: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon.This combination of instruments is rarely heard but wonderful!

    Performers are members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, and other groups.

    Doors open at 5:00 PM and the concert takes place from 6 PM to 7:15 PM at Cliff Dwellers200 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Guests will see breathtaking views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan in this opulent venue. Security personnel will guide you to the dedicated elevator to the top floor. 

    General admission is $12.50, $10 for members. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be available for purchase.  

    Tickets are available online. Please let us know you are attending the concert by registering in advance.

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Friends of DANK Haus

Whether you are interested in taking a class in our language school, participate in one of our events throughout the year, support our community outreach, attend the museum, gallery and library, or simply want to show the pride in German heritage and culture, our Friends of DANK Haus Benefits program has lot of perks:
  • Free monthly Open Haus Stammtisch event
  • Free movie events
  • Free museum access
  • Free parking during off-business hours
  • Discount on German language classes (coming soon)
  • Discount on rentals of our Skyline Lounge and Ballroom  
  • Discount on Kulturküche cooking classes
  • Discount on concerts and special events
  • Discount on flights to Germany (coming soon)
  • Invitation to exclusive member-only events
  • Early-bird access to events with a guaranteed sell-out 

When joining the Friends of DANK Haus benefits program, you are supporting a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We also encourage you to support and join the DANK National organization, which has its own membership benefits.

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German American Cultural Center
4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

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Office: +1 (773) 561-9181
Email: Dank@Dankhaus.com

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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