at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

The DANK Haus is always full of programming that contributes to our mission as the cultural hub for German Americans in Chicago.

Our Stammtisch Open Haus, a social evening to connect those with an interest in German Chicago, is held the third Friday of every month. Also occurring on a regular basis is German Cinema Now, a chance to view current films from German-speaking lands (with English subtitles, of course) the fourth Friday of each month. Other events include monthly Kulturküche cooking classes, concerts and exhibits in our Fine Arts series, and special Cultural Events that bring the traditions of Germany to America.

On these pages you will find a sampling of our recurring and upcoming events. Subscribe to our event list for the most up to date information!

Upcoming events

    • Friday, March 31, 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • DANK Haus | 4740 N. Western Avenue
    • 0

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    Pretzels Everybody loves them, but do you know how to make them? Due to popular demand, we're bringing back our very own PRETZEL MEISTER REINHARD for a fantastic, hands-on lesson in authentic German pretzel making! Known long ago as little rewards, the pretzel or German "Brezel" was most likely developed by a German bakers guild in the early 12th century. This class will use old-world methods passed down through Reinhard's family. As a special treat, each participant will get a supply of special pretzel lye to make their own pretzels at home. Sign up now, this class sells out fast!

    Class fee includes recipe, hands-on demonstration, one drink from the bar, generous tasting, and great camaraderie.
    • Saturday, April 08, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • DANK Haus, 5th Floor Ballroom

    Chicago Premiere & Fundraiser for "Real Prayers Are Said in German" - a movie in the making! The story:

    In a close knit German farming community in central Illinois during WWII,  the Baumann family must cope with illness, anti-German sentiment, and the poverty of war-time farming life. Instead of merely surviving, the children find solace and joy in their German heritage, music, baseball, and especially the Cubs at a time when "We'll get 'em next year" became a hopeful mantra for the future.

    Like the Baumann family, everyone has a story to tell!  We hope you'll join us April 8th to tell us yours!

    Event highlights:

    • 3 Screenings of 15-min preview movie on large screen
    • Meet & Greet w/ creative team behind the film
    • Story Share: Share a story about your family heritage or Cub's baseball and we will feature it on our website and blog!
    • Silent Auction: Including Cubs tickets & items, Chicago restaurants and more! Complete list revealed April 1st!
    • Firsthand look at the visual concept for the feature with Nicolle Wood
    • German History Booth
    • Traditional German Pastries & Coffee plus German Music & Games
    Donations taken at the door:
    Adults: $10 / Children: $5

    • Friday, April 21, 2017
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    • 9 sessions
    • DANK Haus, 1st floor

    Get ready for spring by cleaning your Haus! Participate in our spring donation and do two good things at once: clean out your closets and finally get rid of all that old stuff you haven't looked at in years, and help us raise funds at the same time.

    The drive will be held April 21 -29 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm at the DANK Haus. Our goal is to raise $1,000 to help support the renovation of our storefront. Acceptable donations include clothing, shoes, linens, towels, and accessories (for details see below).

    Please deliver all items in closed kitchen bags!

    All donations are tax-deductible. Please ask us for a receipt when you deliver your items.

    DANK Haus is holding the Drive in partnership with Savers, a global thrift organization. They pay us by the pound for every qualifying donation received. In turn, these items help keep their floors freshly stocked.

    We DO NOT accept:

    • Furniture
    • Books/CDs/DVDs
    • Appliances bigger than 18" in one or more directions
    • Weapons, hazardous material, flammable products

German American Cultural Center
4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

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Office: +1 (773) 561-9181
Email: Dank@Dankhaus.com

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center does not discriminate based on race, color, sexuality, national origin, sex, disability or age.
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