Kulturkueche - Refrigerator Pickles Pickles1

7 August 2015 | 7:30 pm

An average American eats more than 8 pounds of pickles a year. But they are not only popular in the US also Germans like to have a pickle with their Abendbrot. Like with most food, the best pickles are homemade! Join Rita Schubert’s class if you have some cucumbers to spare this summer or if you just want to learn the secret of pickling!

Nominal class fee of $18 includes demonstration, recipes, one drink and tasting.

We know your Oma made it better - that was the love.

Get your ticket here!

Sommercamp - Once Upon a Deutschland

3-14 August 2015 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Enroll your children in a 2-week summer camp designed to provide an introduction to German language and culture with an emphasis on fun!

  • Campers will experience the sunny world of German fairy and folk tales.
  • Program is for children between 4 to 10 years old.
  • Previous German experience is not required and program is fully bilingual. 
  • Instructors are recent, native transplants, child to instructor ratio held 1:6. 
  • Convenient drop off and pick up zone in front of Center.

Typical Day
9 am - Circle Time
10 am - Theory
11 am - Lunch
11:45 am - Activity
2 pm - Circle Time
2:30 pm - Free Play

The Office and Classrooms are on the 3rd floor of the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center. The building is elevator equipped.

Have fun this summer learning German and engaging in whimsical fairytale activities. Enroll today!

Deadline for registration July 22, 2015!

Stammtisch Open Haus - Blue Hawaii

21 August 2015 | 7:30 pm

DANK Haus celebrates the German American Elvis Presley at our August Stammtisch Open Haus. The Windy City Elvis, Michael St. Angel, performs in the Skyline Lounge with no cover. All guests will receive leis and have the opportunity to purchase Toast Hawaii - a German sandwich created in the 1950's when Germany and the United States were gripped with Hawaii fever.

Free Admission | Beer and food available for purchas

Vintage Deutsch - A DANK Haus signature event that pairs German Wines and Fashions

28 August 2015 | 7:30 pm | $15 includes light snacks and tastings

The German American Cultural Center is staging an upscale fashion and wine event celebrating the emergence of Berlin as a "City of Design" and the panoply of German wines. Guests will enjoy mingling with fashion and accessory designers, glass in hand in the Marunde Ballroom. Sommeliers will enlighten guests on the broad spectrum of German wines.
Vintage Deutsch aims to raise the profile of German wines and fashion as well as funds to keep German language and culture at the forefront of the Chicago area.

Participating vendors:
  • Rare Dirndl
  • International Fashions by Ingrid
  • Kristen Hunger Creative Designs
  • Schumacher Imports
  • Niche Imports
  • Gene's Sausage
  • The Himmel's

Clubs presenting ancestral Trachten:

  • Siebenberger Sachsen
  • Donauschwaben
  • Egerlander

Come raise your glass to Germany at this glittering event | Space is limited, reserve today!

German Cinema Now - Vaterfreuden

28 August 2015 | 7:30 pmVaterfreunden Movie Poster

Bachelor Felix (Matthias Schweighöfer) is happy with his life and does not want to change a thing. Especially settling down and starting a family are not on his agenda. One day his annoying brother Henne (Friedrich Mücke) convinces him to earn some money through semen donation. Soon after the donation Felix is involved in a fatal accident with his brother’s ferret and loses his fertility. Immediately, he develops the wish to find the receiver of his donation since it is his only chance left for having a family. Unfortunately, this receiver is Maren (Isabell Polak) a famous TV host, which complicates his difficult undertaking even more.

Vaterfreuden, which roughly translates as “the joys of fatherhood” is actually based on a popular novel from German author Murmel Clausen and Schweighöfers third production as film director. It is a mixture of comedy and love story combined by frivolous elements.

Movie will be shown in German with English subtitles.

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

Exploring the Ancient Germanic Past with Mike Haas

Moderator Mike Haas (B.A. Sociology, University of Illinois, at Urbana, Champaign, M.A. History, DePaul University, Chicago) offers an insightful, fact and fun filled evening, light on lecture and heavy on visual presentation and discussion! No text books, no tests, no homework, no papers! Just a sincere interest or curiosity is all that is required. Come and learn, come and share! 

  • Fron Neanderthal Man to Karl der Grosse: 2 September 2015, Wednesdays 7-9 pm | Syllabus | Get tickets here
  • Exploring the Medieval Germanic Past: 3 September 2015, Thursdays 7-9 pm | Syllabus | Get tickets here

For further info or the complete syllabus, contact Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 312-420-9919.

Fee: $200 each for 16 weeks

 German Cinema Now - Soul Kitchen

25 September 2015 | 7:30 pmSoul Kitchen Movie Poster

Soul Kitchen is a delicious, free spirited story of food, friends, and rock & roll. It centers on a likable but hopelessly disorganized restaurateur, 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

Interested in Volunteering?

The DANK Haus is a volunteer-based organization and is always looking for amazing volunteers. Whether you like to paint, bartend, cook, organize, or give tours there is always a need for your talent and expertise. Check out the volunteer signup website or contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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