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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


We offer German language classes for everyone from toddlers and kids to teens to adults. Registration for summer classes is now open!  READ MORE


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


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


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

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 4740 N Western Ave. Chicago IL 60625 5th Floor


    January 28th

    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    5th Floor

    Come join us for Kulturküche, our German inspired, specialty cooking class! Lincoln Square's own Chef Carol Himmel will teach students how to make Rahm Schnitzel - a delectable pork tenderloin in a mushroom cream gravy - all from scratch.

    Have you ever wondered the best way to brown meat or the just the right combination of seasoning to give a meal that authentic Bavarian taste? Pull up a chair, relax and enjoy a drink on us while you watch and learn. 

    hands-on demo with a pro is the perfect winter experience for anyone resolving to expand their cooking repertoire this year. You'll get practical instructions while discovering the secrets behind one of Germany’s most popular meals. Come experience the warmth of the kitchen, share the camaraderie of a community, and receive helpful tips from the master herself. You’ll want to teach your family everything you learn! 

    Carol has been dishing up scrumptious, homemade meals at her family's neighborhood restaurant, Himmel's, for years. Rahm Schnitzel is one of the meals Carol learned to make by watching her mother after the family moved from Germany to Chicago. So whether you're interested in German cuisine or simply enjoy toying in the kitchen, you must add this event to your calendar.

    For the first Kulturküche of 2020 we have various VIP options, including a Chef's Table inside the kitchen. The front row gets the best view and tickets are limited, so reserve yours today!

    Hurry, Kulturküche classes fill up fast! Tickets start at $30  / $25 Member. Friday, January 28, 20207 PM - 9:30 PM. Course includes one FREE drink and the recipe!

    Free parking at 5/3 Bank located at Gunnison and Western Avenue.

    Most DANK Haus events are free of charge, but in some cases an admission fee is published in the hopes of being able to pay high costs involved in hosting particular events. If our published admission fee is too high for your ability to pay, please contact us to arrange a way for you to attend the event that you are interested in.

    • Saturday, February 08, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 5th Floor, Marunde Ballroom

    Come join us for Kinderfasching - a family-friendly celebration with crafts and activities! We are excited to share this special German day with you and your family! 

    We would love to see you and your children dressed up in costumes for this exciting event!

    Admission is free and fun is included!

    Food and beverages will be for sale - including Krapfen (Berliner), Bratwurst, hot dogs, pretzels, juice, coffee, soda, and water. Adults can purchase beer and wine from the bar.

    Skip the lines and buy your tickets online for food, drinks and face painting. Or buy them at the event. Doors open at noon.

    Proceeds support the DANK Haus Language School program and future special events.

    • Saturday, February 22, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM


    February 22, 2020

    7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    5th Floor Ballroom

    Karneval 2020 is our first ever annual gala and fundraiser to benefit the DANK Haus.

    Enjoy Karneval with all your friends and support the DANK Haus at the same time! You are invited to join in this German holiday tradition of celebration and the "5th Season"! Come dressed to impress and enjoy a night of dancing, food, entertainment and all around fun!

    Your tickets include tasting stations featuring German inspired food from Funkenhausen. Chef Mark Steuer creates unique dishes that bring together the unique flavors of the south that create a soulful mashup of cuisine and culture, perfect for our night of fun. Dovetail Brewery is bringing us local craft beer created by brew master Hagen Dost and there will be plenty of spirits from Koval Distillery and live entertainment from Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles that will make this an evening to remember.

    We will also have an opportunity for you to support the DANK Haus and our vision for the future by bidding on items in our silent and live auction. All of the proceeds will go to help modernize our classrooms, repair our building and fund more arts and cultural programming at the DANK Haus.

    We need your support! Individual tickets are available for purchase online. If you or your company wish to sponsor the event or purchase group tickets, please contact us at karneval@dankhaus.com for details on how you can get involved.

    Buy your tickets now as prices will go up as we get closer to the event!

    It's going to be a night of memories, fun and gratitude for all. We are looking forward to celebrating with you Karneval style. Danke for your support! Helau!


    $75 per person / $125 per couple

    • Saturday, February 22, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • DANK Haus 4740 N. Western Avenue.

    Saturday, February 22, 2020

    7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    2nd Floor Brandenburg Room

    Kids can come and enjoy a German Language children's Film, crafts and board games, while parents enjoy a night of fun in the ballroom during the the DANK Haus inaugural KARNEVAL gala & fundraiser on February 22, 2020.

    Parents that are attending the KARNEVAL Gala and Fundraiser may use use this event for child care services for children 5 years old and up, or with prior approval from Frau Polanski (danica@dankhaus.com).

    First child is $25 for the evening, additional siblings are $20 each.

    Popcorn & Drinks provided, please alert staff to any food allergies at check-in.

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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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German American Cultural Center
4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

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Office: +1 (773) 561-9181
Email: Dank@Dankhaus.com

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