Join our Friends of DANK Haus Membership Benefit Program Today!

Friends of DANK Haus Benefits Program

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.

Membership benefits include:

  • Free:

    • monthly online newsletter

    • guided tours of the Dank Haus

    • monthly Stammtisch Open Haus

    • museum access

    • library membership

    • parking (during off-business hours)

  • Discounts on: 

    • German language and history classes

    • Considerable discounts on Dank Haus Hall Rentals 

    • Special pricing for Kulturküche cooking classes

    • Concerts and special events

    • Free Theatre Y Programming

    • Discounts on select Joffrey Ballet Performances

    • Discounts on select Lyric Opera Performances

    • Discounts on German travel packages

  • Plus:  
    • Invitation to exclusive member-only events
    • Early-bird access to events (when expected to sell out)

    • and every month a new DANK Haus exclusive discount

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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Why become a member?

Friends​ ​of​ ​DANK​ ​Haus Support​ ​and​ ​sustain​ ​the​ ​building,​ ​programs​ ​and​ ​activities​ ​of  DANK​ ​HAUS​ ​German​ ​American​ ​Cultural​ ​Center 

Summary  The​ ​DANK​ ​Haus​ ​has​ ​started​ ​the​ ​​Friends of DANK Haus ​program​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​sustainable​ ​and predictable​ ​source​ ​of​ ​revenue,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​help​ ​to​ ​identify,​ ​support,​ ​and​ ​reward​ ​the​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the organization.​ ​Many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​yearly​ ​DANK​ ​Haus​ ​fundraising​ ​events,​ ​like​ ​Maifest,​ ​are​ ​unpredictable,​ ​as​ ​they’re dependent​ ​on​ ​weather​ ​and​ ​other​ ​factors​ ​out​ ​of​ ​our​ ​control.​ ​The​ ​additional​ ​funds​ ​from​ ​the​ ​​Friends of DANK Haus Benefits Program​ ​will​ ​help​ ​the​ ​organization​ ​maintain​ ​staff​ ​and​ ​address​ ​regular​ ​expenses​ ​that​ ​occur​ ​rain-or-shine.  Additionally,​ ​we​ ​hope​ ​that​ ​the​ ​program​ ​will​ ​help​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​a​ ​closer​ ​relationship​ ​between​ ​the​ ​organization​ ​and its​ ​supporters​ ​that​ ​will​ ​help​ ​the​ ​DANK​ ​Haus​ ​grow​ ​and​ ​adapt​ ​over​ ​time.

Questions​ ​and​ ​Answers 

How much does Friends of DANK Haus cost?  As seen above the​ ​annual​ ​contribution​ ​is​ ​$50​ ​for​ ​an​ ​individual,​ ​or​ ​$75​ ​per​ ​year​ ​for​ ​a​ ​family​ ​of​ ​up​ ​to​ ​six​ ​people.​ ​A​ ​portion​ ​of  the​ ​contribution​ ​is​ ​tax-deductible.   

Why should I become a Friend of the DANK Haus? The​ ​DANK​ ​Haus​ ​is​ ​dedicated,​ ​as​ ​an​ ​organization,​ ​to​ ​preserving​ ​German​ ​and​ ​German-American​ ​culture​ ​in Chicago​ ​as​ ​a​ ​vibrant​ ​thread​ ​in​ ​the​ ​city’s​ ​tapestry.​ ​Becoming​ ​a​ ​Friend​ ​of​ ​the​ ​DANK​ ​Haus​ ​demonstrates​ ​your  commitment​ ​to​ ​that​ ​mission​ ​and​ ​to​ ​the​ ​future​ ​of​ ​the​ ​organization.​ ​It​ ​helps​ ​to​ ​fund​ ​activities,​ ​programs,​ ​and  building​ ​maintenance​ ​and​ ​improvement.​ ​With​ ​your​ ​help,​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Friend​ ​of​ ​the​ ​DANK​ ​Haus,​ ​these​ ​ongoing​ ​efforts  can​ ​continue.   

What are the benefits of the Friends of the DANK Haus program? In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​providing​ ​substantial​ ​support​ ​to​ ​the​ ​DANK​ ​Haus,​ ​becoming​ ​a​ ​​Friends of DANK Haus entitles  you​ ​to​ ​benefits,​ ​including: 

● Discounted​ ​hall​ ​and​ ​room​ ​rentals​ ​at​ ​the​ ​DANK​ ​Haus 

● VIP​ ​and​ ​​Friends -only​ ​invites​ ​to​ ​DANK​ ​Haus​ ​events 

● Advance​ ​registration​ ​and​ ​discounts​ ​for​ ​popular​ ​cooking​ ​classes 

● Discounts​ ​on​ ​tuition​ ​at​ ​the​ ​DANK​ ​German​ ​Language​ ​School 

● Friend of the DANK Haus ​discounts​ ​and​ ​promotions​ ​at​ ​local​ ​Chicago​ ​and​ ​Lincoln​ ​Square​ ​businesses.   

What is DANK National? The​ ​German​ ​American​ ​National​ ​Congress,​ ​also​ ​known​ ​as​ ​DANK​ ​(Deutsch​ ​Amerikanischer​ ​National​ ​Kongress),  is​ ​the​ ​largest​ ​organization​ ​of​ ​Americans​ ​of​ ​Germanic​ ​descent.​ ​It​ ​has​ ​19​ ​chapters​ ​in​ ​7​ ​states,​ ​including​ ​8​ ​in​ ​the greater​ ​Chicagoland​ ​area.   

How does this differ from DANK membership? If​ ​you’re​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​DANK,​ ​you’re​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​both​ ​the​ ​National​ ​organization​ ​and​ ​your​ ​local​ ​chapter.  Membership​ ​in​ ​the​ ​DANK​ ​National​ ​supports​ ​the​ ​mission​ ​of​ ​the​ ​larger​ ​organization​ ​with​ ​which​ ​the​ ​DANK​ ​Haus is​ ​associated.​ ​DANK​ ​National​ ​membership​ ​helps​ ​to​ ​support​ ​German​ ​and​ ​German-American​ ​culture,​ ​heritage and​ ​language​ ​across​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​United​ ​States.​ ​The​ ​DANK​ ​Haus​ ​encourages​ ​everyone​ ​with​ ​an​ ​interest​ ​to become​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​DANK​ ​National.​ ​However,​ ​only​ ​a​ ​very​ ​small​ ​portion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​membership​ ​fee​ ​flows​ ​through​ ​from​ ​the​ ​national​ ​organization​ ​to​ ​the​ ​local​ ​chapter​ ​–​ ​including your​ ​DANK​ ​Haus.    

Participation​ ​in​ ​the​ ​​Friends of DANK Haus program​ ​provides​ ​increased​ ​support​ ​for​ ​your​ ​local chapter,​ ​helping​ ​it​ ​to​ ​remain​ ​a​ ​landmark​ ​in​ ​Lincoln​ ​Square​ ​and​ ​Chicago​ ​by​ ​continuing​ ​to offer​ ​a​ ​wide​ ​array​ ​of​ ​activities​ ​and​ ​programming. 


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Chicago, IL 60625

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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