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Cultural Events

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

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

    • Friday, February 22, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 5th floor, Kitchen
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    Kulturküche - Sausage Making

    Feb. 22nd | 7:30pm | 5th Floor

    Still trying to figure out how to use the sausage maker you got for a Christmas present? Join us for Kulturküche, our very own German-inspired cooking class! This month we will have Chef Peter Andros from Sausage König teaching students how to make their own homemade sausage. This is a popular class and it fills up fast. Course includes generous tastings and recipes. $24 per person / $20 for “Friends of the DANK Haus”. Class is held Friday, February 22 and starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Beverages will be available for purchase at the bar. Bring your friends and your taste buds!

    Free Parking available in the MB Financial lot (entrance on Western & Gunnison)

    • Saturday, February 23, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Sat, Feb. 23 | 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Join us Saturday, February 23rd for our Artist Workshop “Holzritzbilder” taught by Beate Axmann. Class will be held in the Scharpenberg Gallery where Beate Axmann’s artwork is currently on exhibit. Students will be taught a unique technique that utilizes acrylic paint on wood to create one of a kind artwork. Instructions and supplies are included in the course fee of $25 per person / $20 for members. This class is appropriate for all levels of artistic ability and is open to all ages.

    Class is 10:00 AM – Noon on Saturday, February 23, 2019. The DANK Haus is located at 4740 N. Western Avenue across the street from the Western Brown Line stop. Street parking is metered on Western Avenue.

    About the Artist

    Beate Axmann is an internationally acclaimed German artist. Her current exhibit, "Black Forest Peace Symphony" is inspired by the struggles of the refugees to Germany. We are thrilled to have Axmann’s work on exhibit for the month of February and encourage everyone to take this opportunity to meet her and learn more about her art and her German homeland.

    • Friday, March 01, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

    Join us for the closing reception of internationally renowned German artist Beate Axmann's "Black Forest Peace Symphony" exhibition at the Scharpenberg Gallery.

    Introductory remarks will be made by Consul General Herbert Quelle of the German Consulate General Chicago. 

    Admission is free and the event is open to the public. 

    Beverages will be available for purchase.  Free parking at MB Financial located at the corner of Western and Gunnison.

           



    • Saturday, March 02, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    All children are welcome to attend Kinderfasching ~ a celebration with games, crafts, and activities! We would love to see you and your children dressed up in costumes for this exciting event!

    Do you have a "Faschingsmuffel" (child who does not like carnival or dress up)? No worries, he/she will have fun anyways with the games we planned or he/she can give a hand helping younger kids with activities. 

    There will be food and beverages for sale - including Krapfen (also known as a Berliner). Additional snacks include hot dogs, pretzels, juice, coffee, soda, and water. Adults can purchase beer and wine from the bar.

    Enjoy balloons, face painting, German games, prizes, crafts and be sure to take advantage of our "photo booth" with fun props.

    This event is open to all families.

    If you have children in the Saturday Kinderschule program, be sure to come early to buy carnival tickets and plan to meet your children in the Brandenburg Room on the 2nd floor.

    Admission is free. Doors open at noon and tickets are 10 for $10 and 22 for $20. Proceeds support the DANK Haus Language School program and our continued operations.

    Let us know if you are coming so we can plan for all the fun!

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    • Monday, August 05, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, August 16, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Dank Haus German American Cultural Center
    • 16
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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.  

    This year we want to focus on ways kids can give back, be communal and kind. We will run a mini food donation drive, visit a local food pantry, host a lemonade stand and decide on a charitable organization to donate proceeds to, ... and so much more.

    Sommercamp is hosted August 5 through 16, from 9am to 3pm. Before & after care is available with flexible registration for one or two weeks. Please fill out a separate registration form for before & after care.

    • Monday, August 05, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, August 16, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Dank Haus German American Cultural Center
    • 16
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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.  

    This year we want to focus on ways kids can give back, be communal and kind. We will run a mini food donation drive, visit a local food pantry, host a lemonade stand and decide on a charitable organization to donate proceeds to, ... and so much more.

    Sommercamp is hosted August 5 through 16, from 9am to 3pm. Before & after care is available with flexible registration for one or two weeks. Please fill out a separate registration form for before & after care.


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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.
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center does not discriminate based on race, color, sexuality, national origin, sex, disability or age.
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