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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, September 26, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 4700 Block North Lincoln Avenue

    Thursday, September 26th

    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Lincoln Square

    Party on the Parkway Progressive Dinner

    Join us for Party on the Parkway benefiting the DANK Haus! Hosted by the businesses located at the 4700 block of Lincoln Avenue in the heart of Lincoln Square. The progressive dinner will include tasty treats from some of our favorite Lincoln Square restaurants including Artango Bar and Steakhouse, Vom Fass, Ormo Cafe and more! Your passport includes a seven course tasting menu and proceeds will go to the DANK Haus for future cultural programming. At the end of the evening, guests that have visited all of the locations will be entered to win a drawing with fabulous prizes! This will be a wonderful evening as you stroll along the beautiful and quaint Lincoln Square!

    Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased in advance:


    Free parking at 5/3 Bank located at Western & 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

    • Friday, September 27, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Friday, September 27

    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Join us for our September Kulturküche German Inspired Cooking Class. We will be learning first hand from Chef Peter Andros, also known as the Sausage König, how to hand craft Blaue Zipfel from scratch.

    You’ll put your knife and sausage grinding skills to good use as you prepare, encase, and cook this delicious dish! Steaming with onions, your friends and family will love this lovely addition to your cooking repertoire!

    Hurry! Classes fill up fast! $28 Course Fee / $24 Member Price Friday, September 27, 2019 Class time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Course includes one FREE drink and the recipe!

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

    Most DANK Haus events are free of charge, but in some cases an admission fee is published in the hopes of being able to pay high costs involved in hosting particular events. If our published admission fee is too high for your ability to pay, please contact us to arrange a way for you to attend the event that you are interested in.

    • Friday, October 11, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 5th floor, Kitchen
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    Kulturküche - Pretzel Making Class

    Oct 11th | 6:30pm - 9:30pm | 5th Floor

    Ever wondered how to make authentic German Pretzels? Join us for Kulturküche, our very own German-inspired cooking class! This month's class features Pretzel Meister Reinhard and a hands-on lesson in German Pretzel making. This is a popular class and it fills up fast. Course includes generous tastings and one free drink. $28 per person / $24 for “Friends of DANK Haus”. Class is held Friday, Oct. 11th and starts at 6:30 PM (Perfect pretzels take time! Please plan to spend 3 hours with us). Tickets must be purchased in advance. Additional beverages will be available for purchase at the bar. Bring your friends and your taste buds!

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

    • Friday, October 18, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • DANK Haus, 5th floor ballroom
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    Friday, October 18th

    7:30 PM - Midnight

    DANK Haus


    Cap off your Oktoberfest season at the best fest in town! Our indoor Oktoberfest features live music from Paloma Band of Chicago, authentic German food and drinks. Attendees will enjoy plenty of yodeling, dancing, and pretzel eating starting at 7:30 PM until midnight.

    Our historic Marunde Ballroom, located on the 5th floor, will be decorated in traditional festival style and our signature vintage bar will feature imported German Spaten Oktoberfest, Würzburger and local Festzelt Oktoberfest beers on tap. Come hungry and enjoy Thüringer, Bratwurst, Leberkäse, potato salad, sauerkraut, pretzels and Landjäger!

    Guests can enter our famous "Stein Holding Contest" and dance to the music of Paloma Band of Chicago. Come wearing your finest Dirndl and Lederhosen to the Oktoberfest of the Season at the DANK Haus!

    $5 Donation at the door

    Snacks & Drinks for purchase

    Free parking at 5/3 Bank at Western & Gunnison

    Doors open at 7:30 PM

    • 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.

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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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