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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

    • Thursday, August 29, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 6th Floor Skyline Lounge DANK Haus

    Thursday, August 29th

    7:00 - 9:00 PM

    Skyline Lounge

    Jazz Concert - Dieter Köhnlein

    Join us for an enchanted musical performance by German jazz pianist, Dieter Köhnlein. Presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, the concert will take place in the 6th Floor Skyline Lounge of the DANK Haus. The performance will feature Köhnlein’s concert of original compositions, and it is free and open to the public. 

    Dieter Köhnlein, born in Ansbach, Germany in 1959, is a leading jazz pianist and composer. His style incorporates energetic performance and spontaneity that have earned him multiple awards abroad. Köhnlein studied music education at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and has since pursued jazz, creating original compositions that he fondly calls a ‘vehicle for improvisation’. We are thrilled to have him perform at the Haus!

    The concert takes place from 7 PM to 9 PM on the 6th Floor Skyline Lounge of the DANK Haus. Admission is free of charge and open to the public. Beverages and light refreshments will be available for purchase. Free parking is available in the 5/3rd Bank, located at Western and Gunnison. We are located across the street from the Western Brown Line Train Stop and there is metered parking (in 3 hour increments) on Western Avenue.

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

    • Friday, August 30, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 5th floor, Kitchen
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    Registration is closed

    Kulturküche - Frikadellen

    August 30th | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm | 5th Floor

    Join us for German-inspired cooking classes at the DANK Haus! This month, Chef Rita Schubert cooks up classic Frikadellen, a German spiced filled meatball. This yummy treat is perfect served cold for summer barbeques and fancy enough for a dinner party. Hurry! Tickets sell out fast for our popular Kulturküche Classes!

    $26 per person / $22 for “Friends of DANK Haus” Members. Class is held Friday, August 30th and starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Beverages will be available for purchase at the bar. 

    Free Parking available in the 5/3 Bank formally MB Financial lot (entrance on Western & Gunnison).

    • Friday, September 20, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Friday | September 20th

    Scharpenberg Gallery

    6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    You think you know a beer stein when you see one? They are more than just cups; "typisch deutsch" with their ornate lids and handles. Expand your idea of what makes a beer stein at our exhibit "Once Upon A Stein... Beer Steins and the Stories They Tell". The Opening Reception for the exhibition is Friday, September 20th located in our Scharpenberg Gallery. Bring a fellow beer lover to the Haus and examine highlights from the DANK Haus stein collection. Shown in all shapes and sizes, these cups are sure to spark conversations about health, gender, work, leisure, and more.

    After you view the exhibit, head upstairs for a beer and a pretzel at our Stammtisch Open Haus where the stein excitement continues. Enter your personal stein into our first ever "Stein Contest" and have a chance to win a prize! Categories include: Most Unusual, Biggest and Prettiest Steins. This is a chance to show us your favorite German stein and tell us the story behind it.

    Free Parking is located at 5/3 Bank at the intersection of Western and Gunnison.

    • Thursday, September 26, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Thursday, February 13, 2020
    • 9:00 PM
    • DANK Haus, 2nd Floor Brandenburg Room

    Join us as we immerse ourselves in the lives and times of the Weimar Republic, the German people’s first taste of Demokratie during a period of extraordinary political, economic and societal turbulence. Tragically sandwiched between the sorry end of Bismarck’s Kaiserreich in 1919 and the very beginning of Adolf Hitler’s diabolical reign in 1933. National demoralization from defeat in war, ruinous hyperinflation via punitive war reparations and sinister political forces arrayed against democracy present Weimar with extreme challenges. Yet Weimar also gives rise to uniquely creative cultural expression which flourishes during the Golden Twenties before being strangled by the great worldwide Depression and rapid ascent of a neo-pagan, anti-Semitic and anti-democratic ideology known as National Socialism.

    For more info: Konflikt, Kultur and Kabarett in Weimar, 1919 to 1933.JPG

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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

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