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DANK Haus German American Cultural Center


4740 N. Western Ave.


Lincoln Square / Ravenswood


Sat, Oct 19: 12pm - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm - 5pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


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 across 77,000 square feet of space. It is known by many Chicagoans for its large fifth-floor ballroom and outdoor terrace, but it contains many other hidden spaces and artifacts of interest.

Visitor Experience

Explore multiple floors of this building full of artifacts and secret spaces, including the elaborately-decorated Schlaraffia Club (rarely open to the public). Visitors can take in an art exhibit in the Scharpenberg Gallery, peruse the museum, and enjoy some beer, pretzels and live entertainment at an indoor Oktoberfest.


Oktoberfest - Indoor Biergarten

Music, dancing, beer and pretzels abound at our indoor German Biergarten!

Sat, Oct 19: 12pm-5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm-5pm

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Come, explore and celebrate at the DANK Haus! Our 5th floor ballroom will be decorated for a traditional Oktoberfest celebration complete with a polka band! Our stage will host performances on both Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-5pm by Lakeside Pride Musical Ensembles. After you explore our architectural gem, drop by for a pretzel and beer at Chicago's only 3 day indoor Oktoberfest and Biergarten! Our venue is family friendly. Our Haus is Your Haus!

"Once Upon A Stein..." Art Exhibit

“Once Upon A Stein…Bier Steins and the Stories They Tell” is a delicious exhibit sure to please many pallets.

Sat, Oct 19: 12pm-5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm-5pm

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Do you think you know a beer stein when you see one? They are more than just cups; "typisch deutsch" with 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 exhibition is located in our Scharpenberg Gallery. Bring a fellow beer lover to the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center and examine highlights from our 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 to the 5th floor for a beer and a pretzel at our indoor Oktoberfest celebration. Enjoy live entertainment from Lakeside Pride Musical Ensembles. Free Parking is located at 5/3 Bank at the intersection of Western and Gunnison.