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at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

From the great composers, poets, and painters of the past to the incredible modern art of today, the arts have been central to German and German American culture.  One can regularly see and hear phenomenal work presented by renowned artists in the beautiful spaces at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center.

Our 4th Floor Scharpenberg Gallery hosts rotating exhibits by German American artists, as well as displays of cultural significance presented in partnership with the Chicago Cultural Alliance

Classical concerts, plays, cabarets, and dance performances regularly appear in our 5th floor Marunde Ballroom and 6th floor Skyline Lounge.  The cultural center's Programming Committee curates the performing arts series, featuring critically acclaimed singers, instrumentalists, actors, dancers, and ensembles from Chicago and around the world. 

Photo credits:
Paul Crisanti (www.photogetgo.com)

Do you create or perform art related to Germany?
Groups who present works that support the mission of DANK Haus should inquire for more information about appearing on our series.  If interested in renting gallery or performance space at DANK Haus, please fill out this form.

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Avenue

    German culture beyond the Oompah ... Join us for an evening of German-language, song, spoken word, and musical composition! All performers are welcome!

    Bring your Gitarre, Geige, Korg MS-20 or just your schöne Stimme. Piano on the premises.

    Deutsch-Mic takes place every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in our Skyline Lounge. Join other sung and spoken German word enthusiasts in the Deutsch-Mic closed Facebook group!

    Free Admission, drinks available for purchase.

    • Saturday, March 24, 2018
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • DANK Haus

    Transgressive Theatre-Opera concludes its season with The Leider, Chanson, and Hungarian Songs of Franz Lehár. This concert event, featuring all female artists, once more examines the larger human condition from that perspective.

    Lehár is thought to be German, since his wonderfully successful operettas were written in that language. His Merry Widow is still one of the most popular operettas in the standard repertory. However, many do not know that Lehár was Austro-Hungarian. Born in Hungary, and returning to Hungary before his death, Lehár penned glorious art song in his first tongue, while of course exercising his acquired understanding of the German tongue. 

     This special concert has the potential to unite us all, at a time in our country's history when division seems to be the order of the day helping us to momentarily rise above the scandals that  beset us, while feeding our collective souls. 

    The performance will take place on March 24 at 8:00 at Chicago’s DANK Haus, 4740 N Western Ave., which is wheelchair accessible. 

    Tickets are available here:



    • Friday, April 06, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • 5th floor, Skyline Lounge
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    This is a "Friends of DANK" members only event.
    This April, experience the drama of a German Cabaret in our Skyline Lounge. Enjoy daring performances by candlelit crooner Elizabeth Doyle and readings from author William Farina writer of The German Legacy in American Popular Music. A selection of snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
    Seating starts at 6:30pm in the Skyline Lounge

    Limited Tickets on sale!
    Want more information on how to become a Friend of DANK follow the link, provided, https://www.dankhaus.com/join/, today!

Past events

Saturday, February 10, 2018 2018 Culture Bridge Art Exhibition / Kulturbrücke
Thursday, February 08, 2018 A Cappella Concert with Vocaldente
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 Deutsch Mic @ the DANK!
Saturday, December 09, 2017 82nd Annual Christmas Concert of the Deutsch-Amerikanischer Kinderchor & Jugendchor and the German-American Singers of Chicago
Thursday, November 30, 2017 DANK Haus Night at the Lyric Opera: Die Walküre
Sunday, November 26, 2017 DANK Haus Night at the Lyric Opera: Die Walküre
Friday, November 10, 2017 DANK Haus Night at the Lyric Opera: Die Walküre
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Ann Marie Ackermann - Death of an Assassin book chat and signing
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Our Legenden - a music, story telling, art workshop
Friday, October 06, 2017 German Harmonicas and the Blues – A Concert & Book Reading with Grammy Award Winner Peter Madcat Ruth and author Herbert Quelle
Saturday, September 09, 2017 Von Steuben German Day Parade - DANK Float
Saturday, August 05, 2017 Remembering the Cold War: Berlin Wall Rededication Ceremony & Book presentation by Francis Gary Powers, Jr.
Sunday, May 21, 2017 Deutsch-Amerikanischer Kinder- u. Jugendchor & German-American Singers of Chicago: 82nd Mother's Day Concert
Saturday, May 20, 2017 Ravenswood Community Orchestra featuring Tangleweed: American Tunes
Saturday, May 06, 2017 Spring Piano Concert with Roman Salyutov
Friday, April 28, 2017 Ursa Ensemble: Collaboration in Concert with Melanie Brown
Saturday, February 18, 2017 International Art Exhibit - Kulturbrücke 2017
Sunday, October 18, 2015 Einheit: Vocal Duets & Quartets from Germany
Saturday, March 21, 2015 Trio Speranza: Stylus Phantasticus Baroque Chamber Music
Thursday, November 13, 2014 Pomp & Passion: Songs, Arias, & Scenes by Gluck & Strauss
Monday, October 20, 2014 New Budapest Orpheum Society: As Dreams Fall Apart | The Golden Age of Jewish Film Music

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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