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DANK Treffpunkt

During our end-of-year fundraising campaign that started in November 2021, we surpassed our $54,000 goal and totaled $57,301. These funds came from 225 donors who gave amounts large and small – thank you to every one of you! We are looking forward to having you visit the space when it is completed.

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  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone this week's Elternabend due to inclement weather. We will now have it on Thursday, March 31st from 6-8pm. All ticketing and pricing will remain the same, however this new date will be after Karneval season has ended, so it will not be a Karneval theme. 

  • Thursday, February 10, 2022 12:14 PM | Anonymous

    Chicago, IL — February 8, 2022 —  The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is taking inspiration from the history of their home in Lincoln Square for their annual fundraising gala. The gala will be held on Saturday, March 19th and will have a 1920s theme, hearkening back to when their building was first constructed in 1927 by German architect Paul Gerhardt.

    Known as the “Roaring 20s” in the US and the “Golden 20s” in Germany, the 1920s was a time of brief prosperity and social change that lasted until the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Among the bold fashions, jazz music, cabaret dancing, and prohibition in the US, a new building arose in Lincoln Square. This building, originally built for the Three Links Association, now houses the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center. It is this glittering past, and the building’s 95th anniversary, that the DANK Haus will return to for their annual gala. 

    After an exceptionally hard two years due to the ongoing pandemic, the DANK Haus has been fortunate to turn challenges into opportunities. Last year’s gala was themed around the annual Maifest celebration that typically takes place in Lincoln Square but was canceled due to the pandemic. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the DANK Haus was fortunate to raise over $40,000 at that event. While the pandemic is still with us, so is the determination of organizations like the DANK Haus to not only survive, but to thrive despite the challenges these years have presented. By returning to the 1920s, the DANK Haus hopes to draw on its exceptional history to continue the enthusiasm for its future. 

    At the “Gin & Jazz in Berlin” Gala, you can expect to be transported back in time as you sit in our beautiful, historic ballroom listening to live jazz and sipping on a specially crafted cocktail. “This event is really a great opportunity to celebrate our history while we raise funds to secure our future,” says Executive Director Monica Jirak. All proceeds will benefit educational and cultural programs at the DANK Haus, your community cultural center since 1959!

    We are so excited to share that this event will feature a delicious seated dinner by Food Network’s Hearty Boys, German beer provided by Dovetail Brewery, wine, and a signature gin cocktail with gin provided by Letherbee Distillers. The event will also feature live musical entertainment by a collection of all-star jazz musicians, a silent auction, and many more activities. Guests are encouraged to get into the 1920s spirit by dressing in the era’s memorable fashion! We are so happy to partner with Fantasy Costumes to provide discounted costume rental to our guests! If you're joining us for our gala be sure to stop through our selfie booth from DigiBooths!

    This event is made possible by our generous sponsors including 53 Bank, Corkhill Insurance, The Gene and Rosemary Schulter Foundation, Cafe Selmarie, Dovetail Brewery, Binny’s Beverage Depot and Letherbee Distillers. We are still looking for additional sponsors to help offset the costs of this event. We are looking for both monetary and in-kind sponsorship and donations. If you are interested in sponsoring or donating for the event, please contact

    The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is located at 4740 N. Western Avenue in the heart of the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago. The cultural center is a cornerstone for German American culture and the community at large.


    Gin & Jazz in Berlin Spring Gala

    Date & Time: Saturday, March 19, 6:00-11:00pm 

    Locations: DANK Haus 5th Floor, Marunde Ballroom



    About the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

    The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to preserving and promoting German and German American culture, heritage, and language through maintaining a language school, museum, library, art gallery, and through educational and social programming. It is located in Chicago's historically German neighborhood, Lincoln Square. Core programming includes a German Language School for children and adults, rotating Fine Arts and Museum exhibits, monthly Open Haus, Kulturküche Cooking Classes, Kino, Kaffee und Kuchen, Public Event Viewing Parties, Oktoberfest and more. The DANK Haus is a core member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance – a consortium of ethnic museums, cultural centers and historical societies whose mission is to effect social change through cultural diversity


  • Friday, January 07, 2022 5:38 PM | Anonymous

    It is with the health and safety of our community in mind that we have decided to postpone the return of our Kino program to February. Please email or call us at 773-561-9181 with any questions!

  • Tuesday, December 21, 2021 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    On December 21, 2021 the City of Chicago announced Public Health Order No. 2021-2. Effective January 3rd, 2022 any individual 5 years of age or older to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to dine indoors, visit gyms, or entertainment venues where food or drink are being served. 

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  • Monday, November 29, 2021 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    We are excited to announce that Verena Hagen is joining the DANK Haus Staff as the Language Program Assistant! 

    Meet Verena!

    "I was born in Ibbenbüren, a small mining town in the Münsterland. I studied Linguistics in Dortmund, met my American husband during a study abroad semester in Ireland, and with a little covid-delay am finally here and excited to get started at the DANK! I previously worked in writing website content and translation."

    Willkommen, Verena! We are so happy to have you here! Be sure to say a hearty "Willkommen" to Verena if you see her around!

  • Friday, November 12, 2021 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    We are pleased and excited to announce that Carina Staudte has been appointed as our new Language Program Director!

    Carina grew up in the northern part of Germany, near the town of Flensburg. After receiving her Abitur (high school diploma), she explored California as an Au Pair before she started pursuing her Magistra Atrium at the Martin-Luther Universität in Halle (a.d. Saale). There, she studied Anglo-American studies, political science and psychology, and deepened her fascination with languages by venturing to South Korea for a semester. 

    Splitting her time between the US and Germany, she then received her PhD from the Europa-Universität Flensburg in American Literature and settled down in Chicago with her family. 

    She started to work at the DANK as a teacher, then became the assistant to the director of the language school and now is thrilled to lead, grow and innovate the language school with the help of her team!

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German American Cultural Center 

4740 North Western Ave. 
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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