DANK Haus German-American Cultural Center

4740 N Western Ave Chicago

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In English, DANK stands for the German American National Congress and the DANK Haus Chicago North chapter was founded in 1959. Here, you can find many different German classes and programs.

DANK Haus offers German classes for adults and teens, German cooking classes, and Kinderschule for children (the leading German language school for children, established in 1964). They also have an art gallery, a museum of German-American history, a library, rooms for rent, and programs of all types. These programs are known to be some of the best in Chicago and include things like Oktoberfest, a Eurovision viewing party, comedy shows, and classical music concerts. The building occupied by DANK Haus was designed in 1927 by Paul Gerhardt, an architect who did lots of work in Chicago on commercial buildings, like warehouses and hotels. This building was built for the Three Links Association, which is a fraternal order, but was bought by DANK Chicago North in 1967.

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The building’s facade was renovated in 2012, and they are still collecting donations to renovate the first floor, which still has fire damage from 1980, when a restaurant in the building was destroyed.

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