Who We Are
Founded in 1959, the DANK Haus is a non-profit organization committed to preserving German language and culture. Our museum, gallery, language courses, and cultural events have been a mainstay in the Lincoln Square neighborhood for over 50 years.
Six Floors of Italian Renaissance Design
Come experience Chicago history firsthand with a visit to our six-story center built in 1927 by German-American architect Paul Gerhardt, Sr. Originally built as a temple for the International Order of Odd Fellows, our beautiful building is now a popular destination for fans of Chicago architecture that is off the beaten path. Highlights include the luxurious Marunde ballroom and the lovely view from our sixth-floor terrace.
(Image: VKB Photography)
Guided Museum & Gallery Tours
Our museum is home to the “Lost German Chicago” exhibition that features artifacts, artwork, and memorabilia from Chicago’s German-American community. Experience the drama of the Haymarket riots and see original pieces from the World’s Columbian Exposition.
Our tours also include the Scharpenberg gallery which hosts rotating artistic and historical exhibits.
Plan Your Visit
For groups of 10 or more (60 max), we offer guided tours led by our knowledgeable DANK Haus staff. Plan to spend one hour exploring the museum, gallery, Schlaraffia room (maintained by a secretive German-speaking society from Prague), and other sights.
Call or email today for information on rates and to schedule your tour. We ask for at least one week advance notice to ensure that we have sufficient docents on hand for large groups.
Call: (773) 561-9181 x4