Stammtisch Open Haus - Neue Deutsche Welle

17 July 2015 | 7:30 pmNeue Deutsche Welle Stammtisch

DANK Haus is opening up the 6th floor Skyline lounge for our monthly Open Haus Stammtisch. This month we are welcoming back the 80s with NEUE DEUTSCHE WELLE!

Those were the good old days with Nena, Trio, Falco or Peter Schilling. We are turning back the time and having a party with the songs of yesteryear. Pull out your ankle warmers and get your dancing shoes ready! Don't have those? No worries, we're Weltmeister after all, so wear your German Trikot and I'm sure we'll have a few world cup chant between the songs!

Free Admission | Beer and food available for purchase

German Cinema Now - Almanya

24 July 2015 | 7:30 pmAlmanya Movie Poster

Feeling out of place among his German classmates six-year-old Cenk Yilmaz begins to question his identity when he isn’t chosen for either the German or the Turkish soccer team. He is the son of   Ali (Denis  Moschitto), of Turkish heritage, and his German wife Gabi (Petra Schmidt-Schaller). At a family meal his Grandmother Fatma (Lilay Huser) declares to the family her newly acquired   German citizenship. At the same meal, Grandfather Hüseyin (Vedat Erincin) tells the family that he has bought a house in Turkey that he wants to use as a summer home. In order to renovate the   house, he wants to travel to Turkey   with the whole family.

Almanya is the story of three generations of a Turkish immigrant family that struggles with the concept of home and deals with the question of identity and belonging. With funny anecdotes and a lot  of   language humor Almanya is a heartwarming movie for the whole family with a great balance between comedy and drama. This film debut of the sisters Yasemin and Nesrin Samdereli won the  German Film   Award Deutscher Filmpreis for Best Script and Best Film.

Movie will be shown in German with English subtitles.

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

Kulturkueche - Sausage Making 

bratwurst30 July 2015 | 7:30 pm
Are you ready to grind a whole pork shoulder? Chef Martin of Alpine Brand Sausages will guide you through the art of Wurst. Plenty of hands-on opportunities.

The nominal class fee of $25 includes the hands-on demonstration, recipes, one drink, and tasting. Classes sell out quickly so please reserve your space promptly.

Kulturkueche - German Cooking Series is held monthly for all to learn German culinary traditions. 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!

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  

24 July 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

From Neanderthal Man to Karl der Grosse! Exploring the Ancient Germanic Past 

2 September 2015 | every Wednesday | 7-9 pm

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!

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 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?

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