Geheimtour! The Hidden Rooms of DANK Haus Chicago - Atlas Obscura
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Geheimtour! The Hidden Rooms of DANK Haus Chicago

A history lecture & behind-the-scenes tour of Chicago’s German-American cultural center.

Join Atlas Obscura for a one-of-a-kind, behind-the-scenes tour of this iconic building, plus a history of German settlement in Chicago.

Nestled in the heart of the historically German neighborhood of Lincoln Square, DANK Haus Chicago serves as the city’s German-American Cultural Center. DANK (which stands for Deutsch Amerikanischer National Kongress, or German American National Congress), hosts hundreds of classes and events throughout the year. However, many rooms of the 1927 building remain hidden from the public.

Join Atlas Obscura Field Agent Patti Swanson to venture beyond DANK Haus' museum, art gallery, library (Koegel Bibliothek), and its headquarters to explore more of this historic cultural edifice. And don't forget—breakfast too!


  • Ticket includes tour and breakfast.
  • Meet in the gallery space inside DANK Haus.
  • You must be 15 to attend; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This event is ADA accessible.
  • The ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer your purchase by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.

About Patti Swanson

Patti Swanson is an architectural historian, educator, preservation enthusiast, and bookbinder living in Chicago. Raised near Austin, Texas, Patti came to Chicago in 2011 to pursue a degree in art history at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and stayed for the city's rich history, friendly people, and balmy winters. She worked as a tour guide for four years in various capacities before starting her own walking tour company, Chicago for Chicagoans, in 2016. Patti factors lots of local collaboration into her tours and strongly believes in making history accessible to everyone. She is best described as "Shazam for buildings," and can be found on her website Chicago for Chicagoans.



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