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Frequently Asked Questions - Important Information For Renters

Marunde Ballroom

Located on the 5th floor of the cultural center, this venue is our most popular. This space shines with 130-250 guests for a seated dinner but is flexible enough to accommodate 450 guests for a cocktail party and everything in between. The Marunde Ballroom boasts all the necessary amenities: Full stage and dance floor, large main bar with several reach in coolers, plus service bar, caterer’s kitchen, and cloak room. Ideal for all formal events with terrazzo floors, gilded plaster moldings, ornate, original light fixtures and historic chandeliers against dark walnut and creamy walls. Wedding, receptions, quincea├▒eras, ceremonies, community fundraisers and holiday parties are among the many possibilities.

Skyline Lounge

Located on the 6th floor of the cultural center, this venue is perfect for smaller, more intimate gatherings. A rather versatile jewel box of a room, the Skyline Lounge holds up to 84 guests for a seated affair and up to 90 for a cocktail reception. Perfect for birthday parties, intimate weddings, corporate and club dinners, the Skyline Lounge provides all the features you could want, including vintage bar, prep kitchen and breathtaking city views.


Located on the 6th floor of the cultural center, the Terrasse boasts unrivaled views of the Chicago Skyline from the Edgewater Hotel to Wrigley Field. The original stone balustrade is adorned with white lights and flower boxes. Perfect for small ceremonies, wedding photographs or as an additional space for guests, the Terrasse can be added to any space rental.

Scharpenberg Gallery

Located on the 4th floor of the cultural center, the gallery hosts rotating art exhibits. Imagine having your corporate event, private party, anniversary party, with art as a backdrop.The gallery holds up to 100 people for an event to remember.

Brandenburg Room

Located on the 2nd floor of the cultural center, this versatile space is a great resource for the community. Perfect for meetings, organizations, luncheons, presentations and more. The room comes with a bar for food and beverage service and DVD player, projector with screen. The room can accommodate up to 200 people.


To “Save Your Date”, a $500 security deposit and a signed contract are required. We accept cash or check made out to DANK Haus German American Cultural Center.


$500 due at signing.

50% due 90 days prior to rental date.

50% (payment in full) due 45 days prior to rental date.

A credit card authorization form will be held for non-payments and damages.

Please note that there is a 3% credit card processing fee for credit card transactions. We do not offer discounts if paid in full.


There are no refunds if there is a cancellation within 45 days of the event.

There is a 15% fee of total rental fee for cancellations within 46 - 90 days of the event.

What is the occupancy of each rental space?

Marundee Ballroom - 570 fire code, 400 cocktail, 250 - 350 seated

Skyline Lounge - 100 fire code, 90 cocktail, 60 - 80 seated

Terrasse - 90 fire code, 30 cocktail, 90 standing (no chairs permitted)

Brandenburg Room - 300 fire code, 200 cocktail, 96 - 150 seated

Scharpenberg Gallery - 120 fire code, 100 cocktail, 60 - 80 seated

What is the square footage of each rental space?

Marunde Ballroom - 4800 sf

Skyline Lounge - 1500 sf

Terrasse - 160 sf

Brandenburg Room - 2750 sf

Scharpenberg Gallery - 1920 sf


The DANK Haus does not provide alcohol. You may purchase alcohol from any vendor you choose.


All events where alcohol is being served requires a certified bartender. We recommend 1 bartender for every 70 - 80 guests. Bartenders are not included. Bartenders can be hired through Carol’s Event Staffing (773-506-8000), please contact them directly for more information. 

  • The bartender requires 30 minutes of set up time prior to bar service. If this is not possible, the client is responsible for setting up the bar prior to staff arrival.  
  • Bar set up includes (but is not limited to): setting up provided liquor, stocking ice in bar areas, stocking glassware, setting needed items on ice, cutting and prepping garnishes, etc. 
  • Bartenders will arrive with the tools they need to make drinks (shaker, strainer, knife, cutting board, bar spoon, jigger, ice scoop, etc.). 
  • The bartender does not provide any disposables or consumable items including all alcohol, mixers, garnishes, skewers, straws, napkins, etc. 
  • Shots are not permitted. 
  • Self-service is not permitted.
  • Bartenders have the right to refuse service. 
  • 750 ml is the recommended bottle size for liquor. Larger bottles do not fit standard pourers and this ultimately slows down service.


The DANK Haus does not provide catering. We provide a flexible catering policy that allows you to choose your own caterer. The catering company must provide a COI (Certificate of Insurance) 30 days prior to the rental date listing the DANK Haus as an additional insured.Your caterer will be responsible for cleaning and maintaining our kitchens to the highest standard.

Will our caterer be allowed to cook on site?

The use of our kitchen is for warming and prepping only. We do NOT allow cooking on the premises. In addition, deep fryers, propane tanks and grills are not allowed.Our kitchens are for food prep and heating only. Your caterer should be advised of our policy.

Can we bring our own food?

Yes, but you will need to obtain special event general liability insurance.

Do you provide dishes, linens and silverware?

No, we do not.

What is the parking arrangement?

After business hours, guests are welcome to park in the Fifth Third Bank lot at Western & Gunnison. Metered street parking is available in 3-hour increments. dank-parking

Tables & Chairs:

Tables and chairs are provided by the DANK Haus.

Table and linen sizes are listed here:

8 Foot Rectangular Table: Seats 8 / Linens: 72” x 144” for dining / 90” x 156” to floor

72” Round Table: Seats 10 / Linens: 108" or 120" for dining / 132" to floor

32” Tall Round “High Boys”: Cocktail service / Linens:120" to floor / 132' with tied sash


You will have access to the room beginning at 10:00 am, the day of your event. You are welcome to make your rental space inviting with decorations.Remember, all decorations must be removed at the end of the event. Upon signing a rental agreement, you will have our complete policy regarding decorations. Failure to adhere to our decorations policy may result in a loss of your security deposit.

Music / Bands / DJ’s / Performers:

You may hire live bands for your event. The band, performers and/or DJ’s are required to bring their own equipment, including a PA and speakers.

Load-in/Load-out Instructions:

All deliveries and equipment need be loaded through the back of the building via our freight elevator. Please ring the bell for service and one of our facilities staff will assist you.

Can we have a ceremony and reception in the same room?

Yes, your caterer will “flip” the room between the two events. You will need to supply the room configurations for both the ceremony and the reception prior to your event to the DANK Haus.

Can we rent more than one space at the DANK Haus?

Yes, many weddings take advantage of multiple spaces including the Terrasse for their ceremony.

Are we responsible for cleaning up after our event?

You will be responsible for taking down all of your decorations. Your caterer will be responsible for returning our kitchen to the condition it was when they arrived. The caterer will be responsible for removing all food and beverage from the tables and bar area. We will be responsible for breaking down the tables and chairs and cleaning the room. We will remove all the garbage and recycling from your event.

What other things should I know?

The DANK Haus will take care of the garbage and will replenish the ice throughout the event. The DANK Haus will maintain the restrooms, assist with lighting, heating and air conditioning, and assist with spills during your event. If you are interested in add-items please check out our list: DANK Haus Rental add-on items

IMPORTANT DANK Haus Insurance Policies:

Liability Insurance: It is a policy of the DANK Haus that any renters of hall space provide the DANK Haus with evidence of special event general liability insurance in the amount no less than $1 million for each occurrence AND add DANK Haus as additional insured. Typically, premiums for special event general liability insurance range from $250 - $300. If you require this type of insurance, please call Riehn Insurance (this is the DANK Haus’ insurance provider) at 847-258-7064.

Liability Insurance (caterer): If renter engages the services of a catering company, the catering company shall provide the DANK Haus with evidence of general liability insurance including products liability in the amount no less than $1 million for each occurrence AND naming DANK Haus as additional insured and certificate holder.

Liability Insurance (liquor): If liquor is served, evidence of liquor liability insurance needs to be provided.

DANK Haus Terrasse Policies:

  • No glass allowed, only plastic permitted. Rentee is responsible for providing plastic cups.

  • No chairs are allowed on the terrace.

  • Discard cigarette butts in the cigarette receptacles AND not in our planters

  • Do not relocate planters, lights, or benches.

  • In the event you obtain prior approval to relocate the benches, you must return the benches to the original location at the end of the event.

  • Do not lean over the edge.

  • Do not set drinks or cups on the ledge, use the tables provided.

  • No confetti allowed.

  • No fireworks or Chinese lanterns allowed.

  • Kids under the age of 14, must be supervised/accompanied by an adult.

  • For fire compliance and safety, do not go past the benches.

  • No canopies and tents are permitted on the terrace.

  • Use of outdoor heaters must be pre-approved by DANK Haus.

For more detailed information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at: or call us at 773-561-9181 ext 1!


4740 N. Western Avenue

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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