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

A New Screen for DANK Haus

Our educational and social programming involves the use of a projector and screen to show live events, movies, and presentations. Unfortunately, DANK has never had a proper projection screen to use during these events and has been using large white sheets to project on. This is not the type of experience we want for our guests and hope you can help us change this!

In 2014, we have multiple reasons to improve our screen quality and the experience:

  • The FIFA World Cup is happening in Brazil this year and DANK Haus will open it's doors and host viewing parties for all games that involved the German National Team.
  • Negotiations are happening with a German movie distributor, which would allow us to show up-to-date movies that are currently out in the movie theaters in Germany.
  • Eurovision has a long tradition in Europe and this year DANK Haus will host the first official viewing party.
  • Continue to offer Kino, Kaffee, und Kuchen, a weekly showing of Heimat movies with a traditional German afternoon coffee and cake social for our senior members.

With the improvement of the quality in our offerings, we would like to show these events, and more, on a screen that will make every attendee enjoy the show!


Message from the Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors have elected Mike Ianni as the new President and he would like to extend a welcome message to everybody.

His vision is to provide more information about the initiatives, plans and goals from the Board of Directors and we will share a monthly video with our members, volunteers, friends and supporters.

Open Haus Stammtisch: German TriviaOpen Haus Stammtisch: German Trivia

25 April, 2014 | 7:30pm

Achtung, the battle of the wits is coming to DANK Haus for our monthly Open Haus Stammtisch.

Join us for the first German Quiz Night on Friday, April 25th. In teams, with a max of 6 people you will be challenged in classic and contemporary German trivia covering current & historic events, music, sports, and literature. Don't have a full team? No worries! Make new friends, have fun and test your knowledge!

Everybody is welcome, grab a brew and show off your smarts or obscure knowledge! Quiz starts at 8:30 pm and questions will be asked in both German and English.

Tickets: FREE and open to the public. Beer and snacks available for purchase.


Sausage ClassKulturkueche - So schmeckt der Winter – Lentil Soup & Sourdough Bread

25 April, 2014 | 7:30pm

This winter taught us that you need a full mastery of all things soup. The German American Cultural Center assists you by adding Linsensuppe, lentil soup, to your repertoire.

Chef Mike from Borderline will instruct in the traditional Eintopf, one-dish meal, accompanied by warm sourdough bread.

Once you learn to make the base you can add anything from ham to coconut to crab meat. Italienische, Indische, vegetarian, with frankfurters – whatever delights!

There are plenty of hands-on and tasting opportunities for students.

Tickets: $16 - includes demonstration, recipes, one drink and tasting

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Sausage ClassLet’s Talk About Germany: The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

1 May, 2014 | 6:30pm

Join German historian Anette Isaacs, as she presents a historical and political overview of the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. It has been almost 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall – an insurmountable icon of the Cold War.

With its rise on August 13th the course of German history, and especially Berlin history, took an inconceivable turn. It would take over 28 years later on November 9th, 1989 to tear down this cruel and inhuman symbol of Germany’s division, thus giving birth to yet another period in this European nation’s evolution.

Tickets: FREE and open to the public. Beer and snacks available for purchase.

EurovisionEurovision Song Contest Viewing Party

10 May, 2014 | 2:00pm

Every year more than 125 million people tune in from around the globe to watch the longest-running television show in the world.

Since 1956, member countries of the European Broadcasting Union have sent their candidates to compete for the best performance. The best known winner of this competition is ABBA’s Waterloo and it launched not only their career, but also the careers of other artists like Celine Dion, France Gall, Olivia Newton-John and Germany’s own Nicole ("Ein bißchen Frieden").

DANK Haus is opening its doors for a viewing party and we will stream the contest live from Copenhagen. Come and cheer for Germany, who won the contest in 1982 and 2010 (Lena with "Satellite"). We are hoping that Elaiza will bring the title back with "Is It Right".

It might be kitschy, it might be wacky, it might be tragic, but it is always a lot of fun! Doors open at 1:00 pm and the live stream starts at 2:00 pm.

Tickets: FREE and open to the public. Beer and snacks available for purchase.

Muttertags HerzKaffee, Kuchen & Klavier - Mother's Day Classical Piano

11 May, 2014 | 2:00pm

Treat your mother to an afternoon of culture, coffee and cake. Pianist Mark Valenti performs an all-German program in the grand Marunde Ballroom of Chicago’s German American Cultural Center in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. Traditional German Kaffee and Kuchen service is available at this child-friendly concert. All mothers who attend will receive a beautiful flower.

The Program

Rondo in A Minor, K. 511 (1787) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata in A Major, op. 120 (1825) Franz Schubert
Rhapsodie in B minor op. (1854) Johannes Brahms
Pastorale (1941) Stefan Wolpe
Sonata no. 30 in E Major, op. 109 (1820) Ludwig van Beethoven

Tickets: $10.00-$15.00 in advance/ $20.00 at the door

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FIFA World Cup2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil - Viewing Parties

We have been waiting for four long years and it's finally back! And to share our excitement, DANK Haus is opening its doors and is hosting viewing parties for all of the games of the Deutsche Nationalmannschaft as well as the Round of 16, Quarter-finals, Semi-finals and Finale!

Join us for the games, wear your Fussball Trikots, wave the flag, paint your face, bring an Octopus (R.I.P. Paul) or do whatever else helps the German Team to become the winners!

Tickets: FREE and open to the public. Beer and snacks available for purchase.


16 June 2014 11:00 AM Germany vs. Portugal
21 June 2014 2:00 PM Germany vs. Ghana
26 June 2014 11:00 AM Germany vs. USA
30 June 2014 3:00 PM Round of 16 1G
01 July 2014 3:00 PM Round of 16 2G
04 July 2014 11:00 AM Quarter-Final
05 July 2014 11:00 AM Quarter-Final
08 July 2014 3:00 PM Semi-Final
09 July 2014 3:00 PM Semi-Final
13 July 2014 2:00 PM FINAL

Citywide Exhibition: Chicago Families

Call for Participation

In 2015, DANK will put on a new museum exhibit on the topic of "German Club as Family", how the club became a new, extended family in America. This will be part of a citywide exhibit for all different cultures developed in partnership with the Field Museum and the Chicago Cultural Alliance. If your German American Club would like to participate, please contact the DANK Haus Main Office. Read the full press release.



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