Traveling Exhibit - The Path to German Unification

5-26 Oktober 2015 | Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm & Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pmFall of the Berlin Wall Stamp

As part of our celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the reunification of Germany, DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is hosting a new exhibition tracing the events that led from a post-war divided Germany to the unified nation that we know today. Sponsored by the German Consulate General in Chicago, the exhibition covers themes such as the dissolution of the GDR, the Two-plus-Four negotiations, challenges of economic and social reintegration, and the progress of reunification in modern Germany. Staged by the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Germany and by the Federal Foreign Office, this exhibition will only be at DANK Haus for a short time before continuing to travel around the Midwest.

The exhibit consists of 20 panels that will be displayed on the 2nd floor. It includes QR codes giving access to additional audio-visual material.

Free Admission | Donations Welcome

Stammtisch Open Haus - DANKtoberfest


16 Oktober 2015 | 7:30 pm

Continue the Oktoberfest season at Chicago's German American Cultural Center with live entertainment and free admission. Paloma Band Chicago brings a festive atmosphere filled with sing-a-longs, yodeling, and your opportunity to graduate from cowbell school. This evening is the final night to enjoy the amazing rooftop Terrasse before winter.

Free Admission | Beer and food available for purchase

4th Annual Lincoln Square Art Walk - Gala Artists Reception

16 Oktober 2015 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The DANK Haus is proud to sponsor the Gala Artists Reception of the 4th Annual Lincoln Square Art Walk; hosted in the DANK Haus' Scharpenberg Gallery. The Lincoln Square Artist Guild will be presenting 44 jury selected local artists with works in various mediums.The highly anticipated Gala Artists Reception and the opening of the “Best of Art Walk” group show features one piece from each artist and prize awards will be given out for “Best of Show” and “Exceptional Merit”.

Art Walk Viewing4th Annual Lincoln Square Art Walk

Oct 16 | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Oct 17 | 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Oct 18 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Gala Artists Reception

Oct 16 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Sharpenberg Gallery @ DANK Haus

All events are free and open to the public. Programs and Maps available at the information booth in Kempf/Giddings Plaza and all participating locations (including the DANK Haus). Additional event details available at lsartguild.org and facebook.

Liederabend 25 Jahre Einheit with VOX3 Collective

A Concert of German Duets & Quartets.
Celebrating 25 years of German Reunification.

18 Oktober 2015 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The world watched when the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989. One year later, a country divided officially reunited on October 3, 1990. Known as "Tag der Deutschen Einheit," it is celebrated as a national holiday in Germany. This year marks the 25th anniversary of German reunification. To celebrate this event, VOX 3 Collective and DANK Haus German American Cultural Center are partnering to present great musical works where voices come together as one. These duets and quartets from master composers of the 19th century will delight the ear in the wonderful acoustic of the Marunde Ballroom. Spend a Sunday afternoon exploring the beautiful rooms of the DANK Haus as part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago weekend, then stay for a lovely afternoon recital.

Reserve Free Admission | A suggested donation of $10 to support ongoing programming

German Cinema Now - Soul KitchenSoul-Kitchen-OS

23 Oktober 2015 | 7:30 pm

Soul Kitchen is a delicious, free spirited story of food, friends, and rock & roll. It centers on a likable but hopelessly disorganized restauranteur, Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos) whose café is second home to a motley crew of lovable eccentrics. When his girlfriend leaves him for Shanghai, he decides to follow her to China, leaving his brother Illias (Moritz Bleibtreu) to manage the restaurant. When he returns, he finds his restaurant being taken over by his brother’s criminal friends.

Faith Akin’s (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven) hilarious and heartfelt film, set to an infectious soul and funk soundtrack, won two prizes and the Venice Film Festival. Furthermore, the story is based on Adam Boushoukos own experiences as the owner of a Greek tavern named ‘Taverna”, where Akin was a regular customer.

Movie will be shown in German with English subtitles.

Free Admission | Bar, snacks and German candy available for purchase

Kulturküche - Rouladen

30 Oktober 2015 | 7:30 pm

RouladenRound out your German home cooking mastery with the essential Rouladen. Transform less expensive cuts of beef into a meltingly tender and delicious main dish. Stuffed with pickles and other vegetables, rouladen truly becomes rouladen once the real star of the show arrives - gravy.

Silky. Brown. Great with red wine.
A lush gravy is poured over our fork tender friends.
Poured. Not drizzled.
The better to sop up with your favorite side.

Chef Rita shares her mother's recipe with you. Learn how to make this traditional German dish the way Oma would.

Class includes demonstration, sampling and one drink.

$22 | Class includes demonstration, samplings, and one drink | Reserve today!

Collaboration in Concert: melody & line by Ursa Ensemble

13 November 2015 | 7:00 pmUrsa Ensemble

The Ursa Ensemble is a Chicago-based Chamber group that seeks to present uncommon music to audiences in unique ways, unconventional places, and with individual interpretations. Ursa Ensemble members are fiercely dedicated to making Western Art Music less intimidating, but still deeply moving, to the uninitiated listener. Their Collaboration in Concert events give listeners the opportunity to create a unique art piece under the tutelage of a professional painter, poet, author, photographer, or other artist, while gaining direction from the ensemble’s live music.

This program features works by German, Austrian, and American composers:

  • Horn Quintet by Mozart
  • Symphonie No. 9 by Haydn (arr by N. Jeffery)
  • Duo Concertante for Violin and Viola by Paul Chihara
  • Ruckus by Pierce Gradone
  • Ursa Dances by Joe Clark
This Collaboration in Concert utilizes artistic collaboration, unique spaces, and audience participation. Chicago painter Melanie Brown will guide the audience through a few basic points of her specialty, then engage with audience members as the ensemble performs to create an artwork based on the music itself. 

$20 for General Admission & $10 for Students | Purchase Tickets

Have Your Company Holiday Party at DANK Haus with Special Holiday Rental Packagesholiday party

The DANK Haus and Himmel's Chicago have partnered to offer a special catering and venue rental package for your company's holiday party this year! Himmel's will take care of your catering needs, you only need to decide which venue space: skyline lounge or ballroom. Check out the amazing menu options as part of our Holiday Package. Contact the main office for more pricing details and to secure your date by calling 773-561-9181.

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