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Cultural Events

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

Education

We offer German language classes for everyone from toddlers and kids to teens to adults. Our cooking classes and other educational events are a hit for all types of students.   READ MORE

Museum

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

Library

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

Gallery

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


Upcoming events

    • Sunday, June 17, 2018
    • Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    • 3 sessions

    WORLD CUP VIEWING PARTIES

    Come join in on the fun as we watch Germany take the field to win the World Cup. As long as Germany WINS we will keep the viewing parties going. Doors will open 45 minutes before start time on the 2nd Floor in our Brandenburg Room. 

    Show up have a bier and pretzel as you watch the game and cheer on Germany. 

    $5 suggested door donation.

    • Friday, June 22, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 6th Floor Skyline Lounge

    The Altenheim: A German “Old People’s Home” Through the Ages


    Friday, June 22nd, 7:30pm |6th Floor Skyline Lounge

    In May of 1886 the Altenheim, a German "Old People’s Home" in Forest Park, officially opened its doors to 75 elderly Germans after a vigorous fundraising campaign by the Frauenverein des Deutschen Altenheims, the Women’s Society of the German Old People’s Home. For decades the Altenheim served the aged German-American community before becoming a senior residency open to other ethnic groups as well. It is still in operation today. 

     In his presentation, Dr. Reinhard Andress (Director of   German Studies at Loyola University Chicago) will trace   the history of the Altenheim through the years, its ups and   downs, twists and turns, including some entertaining   oddities of its development.

    A suggested door donation of $5.00 will support the DANK Haus museum and cultural programming. German refreshments will be available for purchase

    Free parking will be available in the MB Financial Lot (entrance on Western & Gunnison). The DANK Haus can also be reached by CTA Brown Line (just a half block from the Western station)

     

     

     


     


     

     


    • Friday, June 29, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • 5th floor, kitchen
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    Pretzels Back again in June and our very popular class we're bringing back our very own PRETZEL MEISTER REINHARD for a fantastic, hands-on lesson in authentic German pretzel making! Known long ago as "little rewards," the pretzel or German "Bretzel" was most likely developed by a German bakers guild in the early 12th century. This class will use old-world methods passed down through Reinhard's family. As a special treat, each participant will get a supply of special pretzel lye to make their own pretzels at home. Sign up now, this class sells out fast!

    Class fee includes recipe, hands-on demonstration, one drink from the bar, generous tasting, and great camaraderie.
    • Wednesday, July 04, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 6th Floor Terrace
    • 53
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    Come and enjoy amazing panoramic views of fireworks around the city from our beautiful Skyline Terrace.

    To join us, you must pre-purchase your spot. Your $7.00 ticket buys you a prime spot on our terrace along with a celebratory Ice Cream Sundae. It's the perfect treat on a festive summer night. 

    Click the "Register" button to the left and don't miss out on one of the most unique places to watch fireworks in the city. 

    Food, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase. 

    Note: Spaces are limited! 




    • Monday, August 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, August 17, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Dank Haus German American Cultural Center
    • 13
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    DANK Haus Kinderschule Sommercamp is a fun introduction to and reinforcement of German language and culture for kids ages 4-8.  
    Because it was so much fun last year ... this year's theme will once more be "Wenn ich groß bin - When I grow up .... 2nd Edition" and circle around all things skilled trades and jobs.  Besides daily hands-on activities, stories and songs about varying professions, we will explore the neighborhood and visit local businesses on little walking field trips. Yes, August in Chicago can be hot, but how much fun is a summer spent inside? A full day field trip to Volkening Heritage Farm in Schaumburg in week 2 will round up our fun exploration!   


    • Monday, August 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, August 17, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Dank Haus German American Cultural Center
    • 5
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    DANK Haus Kinderschule Sommercamp is a fun introduction to and reinforcement of German language and culture for kids ages 9-12.  
    Because it was so much fun last year ... this year's theme will once more be "Wenn ich groß bin - When I grow up .... 2nd Edition" and circle around all things skilled trades and jobs.  Besides daily hands-on activities, stories and songs about varying professions, we will explore the neighborhood and visit local businesses on little walking field trips. Yes, August in Chicago can be hot, but how much fun is a summer spent inside? A full day field trip to Volkening Heritage Farm in Schaumburg in week 2 will round up our fun exploration!   


    • Friday, August 10, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W. Belle Plaine, Chicago, IL 60613
    • 29
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    Learn how bier is made by München-trained master brewers!

    Date: Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 7:00pm 

    Cost: $10

    Location: Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W. Belle Plaine, Chicago, IL 60613

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of Dovetail Brewery! End the evening in the tap room with your own pint of Lager, Pilsner, Hefeweizen or Rauchbier! Although the owners are from Chicago, they met in Munich at the Doemens Institute while studying for their Master Brewer Certifications. Their goal is to produce beer of the highest quality similar to the level of craftsmanship found in fine woodworking. They merge continental European styles and techniques with American creativity to produce the kind of beers found in small, family-run breweries in Europe. They respect both traditional brewing methods and modern brewing creativity to create sublime beers that play on all of the senses and uplift their customers.

    Tour duration: 1 hour.

    <<Click the "Register" button to the left to reserve your spot on the tour!

    • Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • 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.

    • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • 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.

    • Thursday, September 27, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • DANK Haus, Skyline Lounge
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    Explore the history of the Kaiserreich (German Empire or 2nd Reich) of Otto von Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm I & II from the ecstasy of unification (1871) to the agony of defeat at Versailles (1919). Examine the Kaiserreich as Kulturnation, the science, philosophy, music and literature that not only made this epoch so remarkable but portentous for the years which lie ahead. Study the geo-political chain of events which lead to tragic defeat in WWI and national humiliation at Versailles. An interesting, insightful, visually oriented Power Point presentation history will buffs enjoy.

    Syllabus for Kaiserreich to Versailles Sept 2018.pdf

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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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DANK Haus
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.
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