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, September 07, 2017
    • Friday, September 15, 2017
    • 4th floor, Scharpenberg Gallery

    DANK Haus proudly presents a new exhibit showcasing  the work of Germany's master float builder,  Jacques Tilly. For more than 30 years, Tilly has designed impressive floats for one of Germany's biggest carnival parades: the Shrove Monday parade ("Rosenmontagszug") in Düsseldorf, a city in the Rhineland that is considered a major stronghold of the German carnival tradition.

    Tilly's floats have gained prominence through his unique style and daring sense of humor. By taking on current issues and transforming them into striking images and provocative scenes, his artwork challenges established social norms and taboos and has led to frequent controversies about the limits of humor.

    As a native and lifelong resident of Düsseldorf, Tilly embodies the city's cherished tradition of "Narrenfreiheit" - the freedom to criticize the political status quo and speak out against the powers that be. His biting political satire spares noone: over the past three decades, he has poked fun at politicians, religious leaders, terrorists, and even the pope.

    In this two-week exhibit, DANK Haus will present an overview of Tilly's work by showing large-scale photographs of his most famous floats.  Each photograph will be paired with additional material illustrating its context and the way it was received.

    On Saturday, September 9 Jacques will be the guest of honor on the DANK float at this year's von Steuben Parade in Lincoln Square.

    More information:

    www.grossplastiken.de (German)


    • Saturday, September 09, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 4051 N. Lincoln Ave.

    It is that time of year again, the famous Von Steuben Day parade in Lincoln Square and marchers are needed to help represent the DANK Haus, your neighborhood cultural center!

    DANK Haus is inviting all members, students, volunteers and supporters to walk with us in this year’s Von-Steuben-German-Day Parade. Put on your festive gear (Trachten or our famous German Chicago Pretzel shirt) and celebrate German-American Day with us. All ages are welcome!

    The parade takes off at the intersection of Lincoln and Irving Park and meeting point is at the CVS Pharmacy (4051 N Lincoln Ave) at 1 PM.

    If you would like to help us decorate the float and/or carry some props, please come to the DANK Haus at noon!

    Don’t have one of our famous German Chicago Pretzel shirts? No problem, stop-by at DANK Haus or email us at dank@dankhaus.com with your size (sizes available S-XXL). If you do intend on marching with us, please make sure to register: http://dankhaus.ivolunteer.com/danksteubenparade2017

    Vielen Dank and we're looking forward to a fun parade!

    • Friday, October 06, 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • DANK Haus, 6th floor - Skyline Lounge
    • 98

    Peter Madcat RuthDANK Haus is thrilled to present this unique event: a double act featuring Grammy Award winner Peter Madcat Ruth in joint performance with author Herbert Quelle.

    Madcat is the quintessential champion of the one man band - he sings, plays harmonica, guitar, high-hat, ukulele, jaw harp, and penny-whistle. Tracing his musical roots back to Big Walter Horton and the Chicago Blues of the 1960s, Madcat has established an international career and is rapidly approaching legend status through his phenomenal virtuosity on the harmonica. He is equally at home playing blues, folk music, jazz, country, or rock and roll. Audiences, ranging from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, delight in his exhilarating, riveting performances. As one critic said: "He could coax a smile from a rock.

    Herbert Quelle’s recently published book “Monika’s Blues” explores the relationship of the German harmonica with African-American Blues musicians. His facts, figures and fun anecdotes in the form of a fictional road trip from Chicago to the Mississippi Delta are as much about the background and history of the instrument as about social and racial questions.

    Peter’s topnotch performance combined with readings from Herbert's new novel guarantee an unforgettable,  highly entertaining evening.

    Snacks & Drinks Available for Purchase

    Free parking on MB Financial Bank lot after 6pm

    (entrance on Western & Gunnison)

    Weather permitting, we will also open our terrace to catch some breathtaking views of the city.

    List of registrants available for members only!

    More information:


    "On the trail of the German Harmonica"

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

Connect with us

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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