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!

Chicago's Families: "Community as Family" Chicagos Families logo

Until September 26

Join the Chicago Cultural Alliance for an unprecedented citywide exhibit that presents a mosaic of voices, memories, and experiences of Chicago's Families. Spanning 6 sites across Chicagoland, 18 members of the Alliance use stories, photos, objects and more to reveal the many ways we need and love family, however you define it.

The meaning of family applies to more than just the nuclear one. This exhibit examines the families we create through shared interests and activities including social clubs, festivals and celebrations. Hear the firsthand experience the festivities in traditional and religious Haitian holidays, vividly expressed by Haitian artists.

Free | Guided Tours Fridays 10 am - 2 pm

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! 

  • From 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

Kulturküche 'Zwiebelkuchen & Neuer Wein' Zwiebelkuchen.Federweißer

18 September 2015 | 7:30 pm

Join Rita to create a German Onion Tart - a German delicacy served as the months turn cooler in southwestern Germany! This popular German fall dish contains steamed onions, diced bacon, cream, and caraway seeds. Unlike quiche, it is usually baked on yeast dough.

Traditionally, Zwiebelkuchen is served with Neuer Wein (new wine), or "Moscht" - a refreshing white wine, also known as Federweisser, Suser, Sauser, Neuer Süßer (new sweet), or Junger Wein (young wine). Neuer Wein is made from freshly pressed grape juice and is available locally in wine growing regions when the fermenting has reached about 4% alcohol. Since the wine is still fermenting, it can only remain in its bottle for about a week. That is why Neuer Wein is such a special treat in Germany!

To give you the full Zwiebelkuchen experience, we will serve Neuer Wein at this class. Welcome the new season by learning how to make a unique dish and enjoy a glass of New Wine as a great complement. Buy your ticket now, Neuer Wein is only available for a short period of time. Before you know it, Zwiebelkuchenzeit will be over!

Class fee includes demonstration, recipes, one drink, and tasting | Space is limited, reserve today! 

German Cinema Now - Vaterfreuden VATERFREUDEN Mainart DinA1

25 September 2015 | 7:30 pm

 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

Due to our major event 'Vintage Deutsch" taking place on the same day, 'Vaterfreunden' will be postponed to September 25th!

German Cinema Now - Soul Kitchen Soul-Kitchen-OS

23 October 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 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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