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May 28 – 31, 2015

Say auf wiedersehen to winter und hallo to spring at Mayfest Chicago, while supporting the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center!

Fest visitors will enjoy a lively weekend full of German bands, dancers, and authentic German cuisine. Over four days, six bands will play traditional polkas, crowd-pleasing sing-a-longs, and classic hits. Sunday enjoy a full ethnic program of German dance groups, choirs, brass bands, and the Jesse White Tumblers. Entrance to Maifest is free and the street is full of neighbors and new friends enjoying the start of Chicago’s summer festival season.

Volunteers are more than welcome to register here.

Visit the DANK Haus booth at Lincoln Avenue!

German Classes - Summer
June 3 - July 29, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DANK Haus offers German language for adults 16-116

Wednesdays 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuition $165.00
03 Jun 1st Class
29 Jul Final Class

German is the most widely spoken language of the EU - with 90 million people speaking German as their first language.
Germany is one of four primary trading partners of the United States, which has the largest concentration of German speakers outside of Europe.
Knowledge of German language and culture is personally rewarding and improves travel and employment opportunities
Preserving German culture and language enriches families and communities.

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Kulturküche: Maultaschensuppe
5 June 2015 | 7:30 pm

Many Americans are familiar with the German beer purity laws, but not the fact that in 2009 the European Union recognized Maultaschen as a "regional specialty,” significant to the cultural heritage of Baden-Württemberg. This measure mandates that genuine Maultaschen are only produced in Swabia.
Even though the EU may not approve, students will learn to make this tasty German ravioli soup - meat and spinach filled dumpling served in a light chicken broth with vegetables.

Chef Joseph will provide the recipe, demonstrate technique, and offer some hands on training. Attendees will learn how to make it from "scratch", as well as a short cut method.

The nominal class fee of $18 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.

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Presentation: Talking about Resistance
18 June 2015 | 7 pm

Historian Brigitte Kather, MA, since 2006, Vice Principal of the German-International Nelson-Mandela-School Berlin and from 1989 to 2003, educational instructor at the Memorial of the German Resistance in Berlin, presents her doctoral thesis 'Perspectives and Identity through teaching remembrance of the Resistance against the Nazis.'

Free Admission 

Open Haus: Schlagerabend with Pieptone!
19 June 2015 | 7:30 pm

On the third Friday of every month the DANK Haus hosts an Open Haus on the 6th floor in the beautiful Skyline Lounge. Everyone is welcome to the Haus to catch up with old friends and to make new ones, and dance to live music from Pieptone! Listen to German chart hits, rarities and oddities of the 50s and 60s!

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





German Cinema Now - Türkisch für Anfänger 
26 June 2015 | 7:30 pm

If you enjoyed our screening of "Fack Ju Göhte" in February, then you will also enjoy this movie. Türkisch für Anfänger is made by the same people and is just as hilarious.

Lena Schneider (Josefine Preuss) doesn't have it easy. Frustrated by life and by an anti-authoritarian education "traumatized," her mother Doris (Anna Stieblich), psychotherapist and professional youth worker, sentenced her to a vacation to South East Asia. In the airplane Lenas worst fears become real when she must sit next to the changing testosterone package Cem Öztürk (Elyas M'Barek).

German emancipation meets Turkish machismo. The disaster is perfect as the airplane must ditch and Lena suddenly finds herself on a desert island with Cem, his strict religious sister Yagmur (Pegah Ferydoni) and the stuttering Greeks Costa (Arnel Taci). While the teenagers open the slugfest in the pristine paradise, Doris meets the conventional bourgeois father Metin Öztürk (Adnan Maral) at a resort, also in search of his children.

The number of awards this movie received is an impressive list:

  • Best National Film - Bambi Awards
  • Best Director/Writer (Bora Dagtekin) - Bambi Awards
  • Best Actor (Elyas M'Barek) - Bambi Awards
  • Best Supporting Actor (Adnan Maral) - Bambi Awards
  • Best Actress (Josefine Preuß) - Bambi Awards
  • Best Supporting Actor (Anna Stieblich) - Bambi Awards
  • Audience Award (Bora Dagtekin) - Bavarian Film Awards
  • Best Feature Film Comedy (Beste Kinokomödie) - German Comedy Awards
  • Runner up for German Film of the Year - German Film Awards

Movie will be shown in German with English subtitles.

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

Open Haus: Neue deutsche Welle
17 July 2015 | 7:30 pm

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

Sommercamp: Once upon a Deutschland
August 3 - 14, 2015 | 9 am - 3 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.

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

Instructors are recent, native transplants, child to instructor ratio held 1:6.

Convenient drop off and pick up zone in front of Center. The Office and Classrooms are on the 3rd floor of the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center. The building is elevator equipped.

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DANK Haus pairs German wines and fashions at "Vintage Deutsch"
28 August 2015 | 7 pm

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 gilded Skyline Lounge. Sommeliers from Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe will enlighten guests on the broad spectrum of German wines.  Ingrid Kaltenbach, longtime fashion importer with a discerning eye for quality, will exhibit an array of Old World fabrics and trims while Erika Neumayer of Rare Dirndl turns traditional dress into a Saturday night option. Jewelry designer Kristen Hunger offers finishing touches and twists.

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.

Come raise your glass to Germany at this glittering event.  Space is limited, 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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