What's New at the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

Weiberfastnacht - Ladies KarnevalWeiberfastnacht 2015 Poster

The DANK Haus in Lincoln Square hosts Weiberfastnacht, Women's Mardi Gras.  The event is the kickoff party for the German Karneval season and the women are in charge.   Ladies will enjoy dancing to techno under the disco ball and generally being naughty girls while men in bow ties serve them.  

This year's theme is the Roaring Twenties / Speakeasy.  Everyone is encouraged to come in costume, men are especially encouraged to don a dress and wig.  Those men that dare to wear a tie will have it cut off by scissor wielding ladies but do not fret: tradition says a kiss is due as compensation.

Entertainment abounds from German DJ's to gender bending skits to provokant stand-up and dancing all night to modern German and American pop and techno hits.

You don't have to be German to enjoy this night of debauchery!

6 Feb | 7:11pm | Admission Donation $5 | Food & Drink for Purchase | Reserve Online

Kulturküche - Baked Apple Pancakes

Join Chef Rita in making Baked Apple Pancakes. We have heart shaped pans available to make a special Valentine's Day treat. Nominal class fee includes demonstration, recipes, one drink and tasting. We know your Oma made it better - that was the love.

13 Feb | 7:30pm | $22 per person includes drink ticket and tastings |Register Online

Stammtisch - Potato Pancakes & Trivia Night

On the third Friday of every month the DANK Haus hosts a Stammtisch on the 6th floor in the beautiful Skyline Lounge. We invite everyone to the Haus to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. Each night has a theme to get the conversations started from trivia and game nights to Elvis and German bands. It’s a great night for dancing, drinking, eating, and taking in the gorgeous view of the city from the terrace. Alle sind Willkommen!

20 Feb | 7:30pm - 12 midnight | Free Admission |Food & Drink available for purchase

Kulturbrücke - International Encounters from USA & GermanyCulture Bridge 2015

Kulturbrücke, a cultural bridge of poets, painters, dancers, and sculptors from both Germany and the United States. Curated by Piotr Wolodkowicz and Marianne Buchwald of International Art Group Chicago, the exhibit will feature a broad range of works with an intention to deepen cross-cultural ties. There will be a series of events that will entertain and stimulate thinking about how two cultures can create a dialog about what matters in the world of art. The events will be in German and English. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

  • Feb. 21 at 6pm - Opening Reception
  • Feb. 21 at 8pm - Performance by Ursual Gallenkamp and Kao Ra Zen
  • Feb. 28 at 4pm & 6pm - German Theater class will read and perform excerpts of plays by Kafka/Brecht/Kaiser
  • Feb. 28 at 8pm - Chicago Modern Orchestra Project directed by Renée Baker and Chicago Mask Ensemble will perform "The Perfumed Garden"
  • Mar. 20 at 6pm-10pm - Closing Reception

21 Feb - 21 Mar | Opening Reception 21 Feb 6pm | Free Admission

German Cinema Now - Finsterworld

Come join fellow movie and German language lovers for a recently released German movie: Finsterworld

A journey through a surreal Germany: A police officer in a bear costume. A female documentary filmmaker who is unable to find an interesting story. A pedicurist who carefully sets aside the hard skin removed from the feet of his aged female patient. A rich couple that refuses to sit in a German-built car. A history student uninterested in a class visit to a concentration camp. A wild man training a raven in the woods.

Looking at several loosely connected stories, the film explores German identity and the inability of people to be truly themselves and admit to others who they really are or what they really want. A sophisticated screenplay and beautiful camerawork both support a very solid line-up of actors that includes veterans such as Corinna Harfouch (Frau Goebbels from Downfall) and up-and-comers such as Jakub Gierszal (Suicide Room), Carla Juri (Wetlands) and Leonard Scheicher (Sources of Life).

23 January | 7:30pm | Free Admission | Drinks and snacks available for purchase

Adult German Classes - Sign Up Now!

Spring Semester begins 21 Jan 2015

All students, from heritage learners to those seeking a professional edge, thrive in DANK Haus German classes.  

Students from the program have moved to Germany for career advancement and personal change or simply enjoyed connecting with other German speakers from family to new friends. Whatever the reason, students from 18 to 80 years old have a place to learn German in convenient Lincoln Square, Chicago’s German home.

Students may select either the Wednesday or Saturday section:

Wednesdays 6:30pm - 9:00pm    Tuition $325.00

1st Class  - 21 Jan 2015    Final Class - 13 Mai 2015

Saturdays 9:15 am - 11:45 am       
Tuition $325.00

1st Class - 24 Jan 2015  Final Class - 16 Mai 2015

Required Class Materials: Deutsch Aktuell I Text and Workbook, 5th Edition. $100.00 available for purchase at registration

Register online (see links above) or in person

  • 14 Jan 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm or 21 Jan 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

History Series - From Neanderthal Mann to Karl der Grosse

Explore the Ancient Past - Light on Lecture, Heavy on Visuals and Discussion

Do you have an interest in German History, understanding the politics and wars behind the building of a nation, or are you  a German American interested in learning more about your roots or ancestry? Come join us at the DANK Haus for a series of classes that will look at Germany's history through the analysis of language, wars, and politics. As well, these topics will shine upon the German World and Culture today.
Not just a lecture, attendees will engage in hands on activities to discover their own German connection.

Past students highly recommend the course saying, "Wholeheartedly!"  " The emphasis on visual presentation is superior." "Informative on a period that is overlooked about the formation of modern Europe."  " a great hobby for my senior years"

Though not offered as an accredited college level course for degree seeking college or grad students, this experience should simply provide an opportunity for laypersons to broaden their general knowledge and basic understanding of the very foundations of Western European civilization.  Download the complete syllabus here.

The class will begin February 5 2015 and will take place every Thursday evening starting at 7:00 pm and running until 9:00 pm and ending on May 7 2015. Our Moderator is Mike Haas, who holds a Master in History from DePaul University and writes for several publications.
There is a fee of $200 with all materials included. 

5 February | 7pm - 9pm | $200 for all materials |Reserve today!

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 Volunteer Coordinator.


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