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at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

From the great composers, poets, and painters of the past to the incredible modern art of today, the arts have been central to German and German American culture.  One can regularly see and hear phenomenal work presented by renowned artists in the beautiful spaces at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center.

Our 4th Floor Scharpenberg Gallery hosts rotating exhibits by German American artists, as well as displays of cultural significance presented in partnership with the Chicago Cultural Alliance

Classical concerts, plays, cabarets, and dance performances regularly appear in our 5th floor Marunde Ballroom and 6th floor Skyline Lounge.  The cultural center's Programming Committee curates the performing arts series, featuring critically acclaimed singers, instrumentalists, actors, dancers, and ensembles from Chicago and around the world. 

Photo credits:
Paul Crisanti (www.photogetgo.com)

Do you create or perform art related to Germany?
Groups who present works that support the mission of DANK Haus should inquire for more information about appearing on our series.  If interested in renting gallery or performance space at DANK Haus, please fill out this form.

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, August 29, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 6th Floor Skyline Lounge DANK Haus

    Thursday, August 29th

    7:00 - 9:00 PM

    Skyline Lounge

    Jazz Concert - Dieter Köhnlein

    Join us for an enchanted musical performance by German jazz pianist, Dieter Köhnlein. Presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, the concert will take place in the 6th Floor Skyline Lounge of the DANK Haus. The performance will feature Köhnlein’s concert of original compositions, and it is free and open to the public. 

    Dieter Köhnlein, born in Ansbach, Germany in 1959, is a leading jazz pianist and composer. His style incorporates energetic performance and spontaneity that have earned him multiple awards abroad. Köhnlein studied music education at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and has since pursued jazz, creating original compositions that he fondly calls a ‘vehicle for improvisation’. We are thrilled to have him perform at the Haus!

    The concert takes place from 7 PM to 9 PM on the 6th Floor Skyline Lounge of the DANK Haus. Admission is free of charge and open to the public. Beverages and light refreshments will be available for purchase. Free parking is available in the 5/3rd Bank, located at Western and Gunnison. We are located across the street from the Western Brown Line Train Stop and there is metered parking (in 3 hour increments) on Western Avenue.

    Please let us know you are attending the concert by registering in advance.

    • Friday, September 20, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Friday | September 20th

    Scharpenberg Gallery

    6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    You think you know a beer stein when you see one? They are more than just cups; "typisch deutsch" with their ornate lids and handles. Expand your idea of what makes a beer stein at our exhibit "Once Upon A Stein... Beer Steins and the Stories They Tell". The Opening Reception for the exhibition is Friday, September 20th located in our Scharpenberg Gallery. Bring a fellow beer lover to the Haus and examine highlights from the DANK Haus stein collection. Shown in all shapes and sizes, these cups are sure to spark conversations about health, gender, work, leisure, and more.

    After you view the exhibit, head upstairs for a beer and a pretzel at our Stammtisch Open Haus where the stein excitement continues. Enter your personal stein into our first ever "Stein Contest" and have a chance to win a prize! Categories include: Most Unusual, Biggest and Prettiest Steins. This is a chance to show us your favorite German stein and tell us the story behind it.

    Free Parking is located at 5/3 Bank at the intersection of Western and Gunnison.

Past events

Friday, August 16, 2019 Elvis - Stammtisch Aloha from the Lounge!
Friday, June 14, 2019 Lakeside Pride Ensemble Spring Concert Series
Saturday, February 23, 2019 Artist Workshop - “Holzritzbilder”
Friday, February 01, 2019 Beate Axmann Exhibit - Opening Reception
Sunday, November 18, 2018 Chicago Architektur CLOSING RECEPTION
Sunday, October 14, 2018 Opening Reception for Chicago Architektur - Photography & Art Exhibit
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 September Deutsch-Mic @ the DANK!
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 August Deutsch-Mic @ the DANK!
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Deutsch-Mic @ the DANK!
Tuesday, May 08, 2018 Deutsch-Mic @ the DANK!
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Deutsch-Mic @ the DANK!
Friday, April 06, 2018 SOLD OUT!!! German Cabaret Legacy
Saturday, March 24, 2018 The Transgressive Theatre-Opera presents - The Lieder, Chanson and Hungarian, Songs of Franz Lehar
Friday, March 23, 2018 Big Drum and Dance Performances - "Everybody Dance" Photography Exhibit
Saturday, February 10, 2018 2018 Culture Bridge Art Exhibition / Kulturbrücke
Thursday, February 08, 2018 A Cappella Concert with Vocaldente
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 Deutsch Mic @ the DANK!
Saturday, December 09, 2017 82nd Annual Christmas Concert of the Deutsch-Amerikanischer Kinderchor & Jugendchor and the German-American Singers of Chicago
Thursday, November 30, 2017 DANK Haus Night at the Lyric Opera: Die Walküre
Sunday, November 26, 2017 DANK Haus Night at the Lyric Opera: Die Walküre
Friday, November 10, 2017 DANK Haus Night at the Lyric Opera: Die Walküre
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Ann Marie Ackermann - Death of an Assassin book chat and signing
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Our Legenden - a music, story telling, art workshop
Friday, October 06, 2017 German Harmonicas and the Blues – A Concert & Book Reading with Grammy Award Winner Peter Madcat Ruth and author Herbert Quelle
Saturday, September 09, 2017 Von Steuben German Day Parade - DANK Float
Saturday, August 05, 2017 Remembering the Cold War: Berlin Wall Rededication Ceremony & Book presentation by Francis Gary Powers, Jr.
Sunday, May 21, 2017 Deutsch-Amerikanischer Kinder- u. Jugendchor & German-American Singers of Chicago: 82nd Mother's Day Concert
Saturday, May 20, 2017 Ravenswood Community Orchestra featuring Tangleweed: American Tunes
Saturday, May 06, 2017 Spring Piano Concert with Roman Salyutov
Friday, April 28, 2017 Ursa Ensemble: Collaboration in Concert with Melanie Brown
Saturday, February 18, 2017 International Art Exhibit - Kulturbrücke 2017
Sunday, October 18, 2015 Einheit: Vocal Duets & Quartets from Germany
Saturday, March 21, 2015 Trio Speranza: Stylus Phantasticus Baroque Chamber Music
Thursday, November 13, 2014 Pomp & Passion: Songs, Arias, & Scenes by Gluck & Strauss
Monday, October 20, 2014 New Budapest Orpheum Society: As Dreams Fall Apart | The Golden Age of Jewish Film Music

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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