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Catering vendors, please send a Certificate of Liability to rentals@dankhaus.com 

Who is the contact person the day of the event?
Your first and best point of contact will be at the freight entrance where a facilities person will assist you with deliveries and access to the space. The office does not accept phone calls the day of an event.

Where can I park?
After business hours, guests are welcome to park in the MB Financial Lot at Western & Gunnison. Metered street parking is available in 3-hour increments. MB Parking Map

Where do I deliver?
In the alley behind Western, south of Lawrence, our freight entrance is marked 4740 on a black & gold door to the high right. Please ring once and the facility person will be there shortly. Keep in mind that it is a large building and it will take a minute to answer the door. After delivering, please move your vehicle to the bank lot or to the street, depending on time and day. Facilities will have some carts available.

When may I deliver?
We highly encourage deliveries a day or two prior to the event. Delivery hours are Mondays 9:00am - 2:30pm, Tuesdays 3:00pm - 8:00pm, and Wednesdays - Fridays, 9:00am - 6:00pm. Saturday deliveries are accepted after 10:00am. 

When may I pick up?
If you cannot pick up the same night, please return on Monday between 9:00am and 3:00pm. The facility is closed on Sundays.

What equipment is provided?
If you rent out the 6th floor Skyline Lounge, only a prep kitchen is included. If you rent out the 5th floor ballroom, the full-kitchen is included and the amenities are highlighted below. The kitchen must be returned to the condition in which it was found. The full kitchen includes:

  • Handwash sink
  • 3-part sink
  • 2 commercial ovens
  • 6-foot stainless island
  • 4-foot stainless surface
  • 10-foot laminate surface
  • Trash cans and bags
  • Ice

Do we need to set up tables and chairs?
No, the room is ready to drop linen.

Do we need to break down tables and chairs?
No, but please be mindful of cleaning up accordingly. 

What size linens do I need?

72" round 108" or 120" for dining/ 132" to floor
8' long 72x144 for dining/90x156 to floor
32" oval hi boy 120" to floor / 132' with tied sash

What other things should I know?

The DANK Haus will take care of the garbage and will replenish the ice throughout the event.  The DANK Haus also has additional add-on 

items, please check out the list here: DANK Haus Rental Add-Ons.

Does the DANK Haus offer discounts for weekday daytime rentals?

Yes, the weekday daytime charge is $215/hour with a minimum of 4 hours. Please email us today rentals@dankhaus.com

DANK Haus Policies

  • 1)    Liability Insurance: It is a policy of the DANK Haus that any renters of hall space provide the DANK Haus with evidence of special event general liability insurance in the amount no less than $1 million for each occurrence AND add DANK Haus as additional insured. Typically, premiums for special event general liability insurance range from $250 - $300. If you require this type of insurance, please call Riehn Insurance (this is the DANK Haus’ insurance provider) at 773-561-4200.
  • 2)    Liability Insurance (caterer): If renter engages the services of a catering company, the catering company shall provide the DANK Haus with evidence of general liability insurance including products liability in the amount no less than $1 million for each occurrence AND naming DANK Haus as additional insured and certificate holder.
  • 3)    Liability Insurance (liquor): If liquor is served, evidence of liquor liability insurance needs to be provided. 
  • 4.)   Decorations: All rentals include the option to display decorations for your event on the first floor and in the elevator. These items can be displayed the morning of the event at the earliest. First floor decorations should be limited to a single table that will be positioned next to the elevator (ex. A stylized announcement or welcome sign for your guests that will direct them towards the elevator). Elevator decorations should be limited to posters, streamers, or other two-dimensional items that can be easily removed without causing damage or discoloration of the elevator walls. Please note that the plastic wall mounted sign holders in the elevator do not open outward. Paper signs slide in and out of the sides only. Pulling the panel outward will result in damage to the holder and a replacement fee will be deducted from the deposit accordingly.

    We also ask that you refrain from removing, damaging, or obstructing any DANK Haus signs or posters. The DANK Haus often hosts multiple events in one evening for the general public that are also advertised in the elevator, hallways, and entryway. Tampering with building signage (ex. Room capacity signs, fire instructions, room numbers, etc) is a safety hazard and is expressly prohibited.

Kitchen & Bar Policies

  • Before leaving, all counters, sinks, and work surfaces must be cleaned and sanitized.
  • All additional equipment (AV, tableware, etc.)  must be packed and set aside to be ready for immediate pick up following your event.
  • Note: With prior notification, we will allow a delayed equipment pick up time provided that the items to be held at the Haus are cleaned of all remaining food and drink and can be stacked and stored without obstructing exhibits or passageways. 

DANK Haus Terrasse Policies

  • No glass allowed, only plastic permitted. Rentee is responsible for providing plastic plastic cups.

  • No chairs are allowed on the terasse.

  • Discard cigarette butts in the cigarette receptacles AND not in our planters.

  • Do not relocate planters,  lights or benches.

  • In the event you obtain prior approval to relocate the benches, you must return the benches to the original location at the end of the event.

  • Do not lean over the edge.

  • Do not set drinks or cups on the ledge, use the tables provided.

  • No confetti allowed.

  • No fireworks or Chinese lanterns allowed.

  • Kids under the age of 14, must be supervised/accompanied by an adult

  • For fire compliance and safety, do not go past the benches

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

Connect with us

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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