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DANK Haus German American Cultural Center


4740 N. Western Ave.


Lincoln Square / Ravenswood


Sat, Oct 13: 12pm - 3pm

Sun, Oct 14: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Available


Paul Gerhardt, 1927



The imposing DANK Haus building was originally home to the Three Links Association, a fraternal order. In 1967, DANK (the Deutsch Amerikanischer National Kongress) purchased it to house their museum, art gallery, library and language school. Today, it offers more than 150 public cultural programs each year. It is known by many Chicagoans for its large fifth-floor ballroom and outdoor terrace, but it contains many other hidden spaces.

Behind the Scenes

Explore multiple floors of this building full of artifacts and secret spaces, including the elaborately-decorated Schlaraffia Club (rarely open to the public). Drinks and light snacks will be sold in the 2nd floor Schlaraffia room.