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DANK Haus

Address

4740 N. Western Ave.

Neighborhood

Lincoln Square / Ravenswood

Hours

Sat, Oct 14: 10am - 2pm

Sun, Oct 15: 11am - 3pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available

Architect/Year

Paul Gerhardt, 1927

Website

dankhaus.com

Don't Miss

The 2nd floor Schlaraffia Club will be staffed by members of this German-speaking club that is normally off-limits to visitors. Additionally, members of the Brandenburger Schuetzenverein (a German shooting club) will be in the 2nd floor Brauhaus Room, demonstrating marksmanship skills.Each of our four activations will be available during our entire open hours. #1) The 4th floor museum will be staffed by DANK Haus tour guides who can answer questions about our exhibit about German immigrants. #2) The 2nd floor Schlaraffia Club will be staffed by members of this German-speaking club that is normally off-limits to visitors. #3) Members of the Brandenburger Schuetzenverein (a German shooting club) will be in the 2nd floor Brauhaus Room, demonstrating marksmanship skills. #4) The 2nd floor Brauhaus bar (relocated from Lincoln Square's Chicago Brauhaus restaurant) will have drinks and snacks for sale.

Description

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

The 1st-floor Treffpunkt space will feature an architecture photography exhibit by Warren Perlstein. Also on the first floor will be a Flohmarkt or a flea market with German items for purchase. On the 2nd-floor, the Brauhaus bar will serve drinks for purchase, and there will be demonstrations by the Sch├╝tzenverein and Schlaraffia clubs. The 3rd-floor Kinderschule will be open for people to view, as well as the 4th-floor museum.