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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

    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    • 15 sessions


    • Saturday, February 10, 2018
    • Saturday, March 10, 2018
    • 4th Floor - Scharpenberg Art Gallery

    2018 Culture Bridge Art Exhibition | Feb. 10th, 2018 - Mar. 10th, 2018

    4th Floor - Scharpenberg Gallery (M-F, 10:00am - 5:00pm)


    The DANK Haus is proud to host the annual Culture Bridge / Kulturbrücke once again in the 4th Floor Scharpenberg Art Gallery. This month-long international art exhibition features over 50 talented artists and photographers. These works are open to the public in the Scharpenberg Gallery Monday through Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm for viewing and for purchase. Special weekend and extended evening hours will apply throughout to related events. Stay tuned for updates on weekly Culture Bridge events including musical performances, theater, and dance. 

    The exhibition officially begins on Saturday, February 10th with an opening reception from 6:00pm-10:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

    Exhibition curated by Marianna Buchwald and Laura Engel.

    • 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. 

    Free Admission, drinks available for purchase.

    • Friday, February 23, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • 5th floor, kitchen
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    Pretzels Everybody loves them, but do you know how to make them? Due to heavy popular demand, 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.
    • Friday, March 09, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • 5th floor, kitchen
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    Pretzels Everybody loves them, but do you know how to make them? Due to heavy popular demand (our February class sold out in a 1/2 day!), 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.
    • Saturday, March 31, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 5th Floor Ballroom

    March 31st | 1:00 - 9:00pm | 5th Floor Ballroom

    Play traditional games and try foods from around the world. Test your wits in trivia starting at 5:00pm in the 5th floor bar (German beer on tap!). Top off the evening with your own icy custom creation at the sundae bar.

    $5.00 suggested donation at the door

    Food & drink available for purchase

    Free parking at MB Financial Bank lot after 12:00pm (entrance on Western & Gunnison).

    Special thanks to our affiliates at the National Hellenic Museum, Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Haitian American Museum of Chicago, and the Japanese American Service Committee.

    Featured vendors will include Amy's Candy for sundae toppings, Himmel's Chicago (German cuisine), and more to come!

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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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