DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center We're a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting German culture, heritage, and language - stop by and check us out! The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a nonprofit cultural center and language school located in the heart of one of Chicago's traditionally German neighborhoods, Lincoln Square.
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Open to all ages and backgrounds, the center features a language school, a museum, an art gallery, and a library. Regular programs include a monthly open house, movie screenings, cooking classes, as well as concerts, plays and other performances. Whether you wish to learn the language, connect with your roots, or find new friends, we look forward to meeting you!

Mission: The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting German culture, heritage, and language.

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Thank you to all that joined us these past two days as we celebrated the opening of our Brauhaus Room. Please visit: htt...
09/19/2020

Thank you to all that joined us these past two days as we celebrated the opening of our Brauhaus Room. Please visit: https://dankhaus.com/Brauhaus-Room to stay informed of future events in this special room which pays homage to the Chicago Brauhaus, a Lincoln Square institution that closed its doors in December 2017 after 52 years in operation.

Meet Samantha Turner Lundeen, our new Marketing and Events Director!Samantha is excited to join the DANK Haus as Directo...
09/18/2020

Meet Samantha Turner Lundeen, our new Marketing and Events Director!

Samantha is excited to join the DANK Haus as Director of Marketing and Events. She is excited to return to the Chicago area, where she grew up.

Samantha graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from Augustana College. Passionate about public history and culture, she next pursued a Master's Degree in Museum Studies at Western Illinois University.

Samantha began her career working at the German American Heritage Center & Museum in Davenport, Iowa. It was there that she first gained a love and appreciation for German and German American history and culture. She is excited to continue to learn about, share, and celebrate German culture with the DANK Haus in Chicago.

https://dankhaus.com/Samantha-Turner-Lundeen

Meet Danny Rahnefeld-Kratsch, our Kinderschule preschool instructor. From Monday through Friday, he follows his passion ...
09/18/2020

Meet Danny Rahnefeld-Kratsch, our Kinderschule preschool instructor. From Monday through Friday, he follows his passion to teach our students grow into well-rounded German bilinguals in his care: "I love to create an entertaining, engaging and creative classroom environment that promotes learning as well as social, cognitive and emotional development. For my students, every day brings new and enriching learning experiences."

Virtual genealogy talk: "The Voyages of our German Immigrants." On October 27 at 6pm CDT, board-certified genealogist Te...
09/17/2020

Virtual genealogy talk: "The Voyages of our German Immigrants." On October 27 at 6pm CDT, board-certified genealogist Teresa McMillin will discuss the four major waves of German migration to the United States. This event will be held on Zoom and there will be an opportunity to ask questions! Registration at dankhaus.com/events

THANK A GERMAN! Karl Ludwig Nessler (1872-1951) was a German stylist and barber who created the permanent wave! Born in ...
09/16/2020

THANK A GERMAN! Karl Ludwig Nessler (1872-1951) was a German stylist and barber who created the permanent wave! Born in the Black Forest region, Nessler was interested in hair styling at an early age. By 1905, he had opened his own salon in London. At the time, it was very popular for women to wear their hair curly. Nessler began working to create a new hair-curling method. He combined two methods of curling, using both chemicals and heat to make permanent curls. This early “perm” was not easy. The process took about six hours and used 12 2lb brass hair rollers that were heated to 212 degrees Fahrenheit and could easily burn the scalp. He soaked hair with an alkaline solution. The first solution Nessler used was created with a mixture of cow urine and water. After working to perfect his machine, testing and practicing on his wife, Nessler received a patent for his invention in 1909. Perms became very popular and in the 1930s a majority of women were getting their hair permed every few months. Perms have continued to be a popular way to achieve a long term curly or wavy hairstyle. Today, a perm uses similar methods to Nessler’s, but is much safer and faster.

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Meet Alayna, our summer Digital Humanities Intern! Alayna is creating a page on our website where we will highlight a sm...
09/16/2020

Meet Alayna, our summer Digital Humanities Intern! Alayna is creating a page on our website where we will highlight a small selection of the 29 oral history interviews conducted in 2019 and 2020. Alayna says: "My great-grandparents immigrated to the United States from Germany during wartime, and raised my grandmother without passing down their language or traditions in order to blend in with American culture. The Digital Humanities Project fascinates me because I get to work with so many interesting people who have kept their German culture alive while living in America, and I get to help them tell their stories as I unfortunately cannot do for my own family."

The Rocket's Red Glare is up in our 4th floor art gallery through October 23. German-American artist Barbara Diener's sh...
09/14/2020

The Rocket's Red Glare is up in our 4th floor art gallery through October 23. German-American artist Barbara Diener's show explores the 21st-century legacy of Wernher von Braun, whose historical legacy has changed meaning across continents and decades. At our limited-capacity opening reception this past Friday, we were delighted to talk to the artist. While normally the DANK Haus is open for walk-ins, currently we require an appointments to see the gallery. You can email [email protected] to schedule a date. (There is a suggested $5 donation to support our museum and gallery, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.)

Mach deine Mittagspause mit Pamela! Express your opinions on a variety of topics at  the Intermediate (B1/B2) level on M...
09/14/2020

Mach deine Mittagspause mit Pamela! Express your opinions on a variety of topics at the Intermediate (B1/B2) level on Mondays from 11:30AM - 12:30PM. https://dankhaus.com/event-3958280

Converse with participants and stay informed on current topics in Germany-speaking countries while improving your intermediate oral skills, building reading comprehension, and increasing your vocabulary!

Wishing a happy anniversary to the Volkswagen Type 2 (that is, the iconic bus), which was introduced in 1950. Officially...
09/14/2020
VW Type 2 – The World’s Most Famous Van Turns 70

Wishing a happy anniversary to the Volkswagen Type 2 (that is, the iconic bus), which was introduced in 1950. Officially called "Transporter," this iconic vehicle was also known in Germany as the "Bulli" or "Kleinbus." Originally "terribly non-aerodynamic" in early prototypes, VW made some design changes and the bus became popular for large families, cross-country tourists, hippies, and commercial businesses.

First it became a necessity, then we fell in love with its cuteness and the cheap transport it offered. In the end we passed it on to the wealthy hipsters. The VW Type 2 has travelled a long way in…

Do you find yourself spending a lot of time outside appreciating nature? How German of you! Many Germans have a deep app...
09/13/2020

Do you find yourself spending a lot of time outside appreciating nature? How German of you!

Many Germans have a deep appreciation of nature and have a particular affinity for their forests, which cover about ⅓ of the country! Germany’s forests have been a source of wonder for centuries, inspiring many great works of art, music, and literature. Many of the famous Grimms’ Fairy Tales such as Hänsel und Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Rotkäppchen (Little Red Riding Hood) follow the characters on their journeys in the forest. Today around 90% of Germany’s forests are protected and many have been designated national parks and nature reserves.

Moderator Mike Haas's fall history class "Beyond Good and Evil to Götterdämmerung in the Third Reich, 1933/1945" begins ...
09/12/2020

Moderator Mike Haas's fall history class "Beyond Good and Evil to Götterdämmerung in the Third Reich, 1933/1945" begins on Thursday, October 1. In-person and virtual registrations are available here: https://www.dankhaus.com/event-3927616

Our friends at The Peace School will be live-streaming 2020's annual Peace Day. Hear from our city's many cultural organ...
09/11/2020
Peace Day – Build the Peace

Our friends at The Peace School will be live-streaming 2020's annual Peace Day. Hear from our city's many cultural organizations––and maybe even catch a mention of the DANK Haus during the program! Visit their page to stay updated on the event.

Peace Day in Chicago: 42nd Anniversary Celebration “Shaping Peace Together” An Online Live Streaming Event Monday, September 21, 2020 11:30 am – 1:00 pm There has never been a more important time for each of us to take positive action for peace. Chicago comes together on Peace Day to create th...

Today we remember the attacks on September 11, 2001. We remember and honor all those who lost their lives and those whos...
09/11/2020

Today we remember the attacks on September 11, 2001. We remember and honor all those who lost their lives and those whose lives are forever changed.

We are very thankful for Block Club Chicago for featuring our newly remodeled Brauhaus Room. We are thrilled to unveil t...
09/10/2020
The Chicago Brauhaus Is Back: Iconic German Bar Will Reopen Next Week Inside Lincoln Square’s DANK Haus

We are very thankful for Block Club Chicago for featuring our newly remodeled Brauhaus Room. We are thrilled to unveil this new space that pays homage to the Chicago Brauhaus legacy. Because the room contains original, authentic pieces to be preserved for posterity, the Brauhaus Room will be open on select dates only. Please visit our webpage: https://dankhaus.com/Brauhaus-Room to stay updated on upcoming events. Our Exclusive Grand Opening and Stammtisch are both sold out. Vielen Dank for the support!

The Brauhaus was a cornerstone of Lincoln Square for 52 years when it closed in 2017. The bar has been recreated inside the DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave., and opens Sept. 17.

https://www.fstopmagazine.com/blog/2020/09/barbara-diener-dank-haus/ Great feature in F-Stop Photography Magazine! This ...
09/10/2020
Barbara Diener @ Dank Haus

https://www.fstopmagazine.com/blog/2020/09/barbara-diener-dank-haus/ Great feature in F-Stop Photography Magazine! This show opens tomorrow, September 11 at 6-9pm. Registration is required for one of two time slots in order to keep numbers low in the gallery. dankhaus.com/events

Barbara Diener: The Rocket’s Red Glare September 11 – October 23 Reception: September 11 | 6 – 8 PM “The Rocket’s Red Glare traces the history of instrumental rocket s…

Enjoy your Mittagspause and learn German! Meet us tomorrow at noon for a virtual "Mittagspause mit Pamela" and practice ...
09/08/2020

Enjoy your Mittagspause and learn German! Meet us tomorrow at noon for a virtual "Mittagspause mit Pamela" and practice speaking German at B1+level.

https://dankhaus.com/event-3958280

Converse with participants and stay informed on current topics in Germany-speaking countries while improving your Intermediate oral skills, building reading comprehension, increasing vocabulary and expressing your opinions on a variety of topics.

Celebrate German Day with us this Saturday! With the Von Steuben Parade cancelled, we're getting busy in the kitchen and...
09/08/2020

Celebrate German Day with us this Saturday! With the Von Steuben Parade cancelled, we're getting busy in the kitchen and offering our full festival food menu for curbside pickup between noon and 5pm Saturday. No drinks this time, but we'll leave it up to you to bring your own. Place your order on our website at dankhaus.com/store. All orders need to be in by the end of the day Wednesday (TOMORROW!). Every dollar goes to support our mission of promoting German language and culture throughout Chicago🇦🇹🇨🇭🇩🇪 Wir danken Euch und lasst es Euch schmecken!

Our long-awaited September Stammtisch will be hosted in the newly remodeled 2nd floor Brauhaus Room. Registration is lim...
09/07/2020

Our long-awaited September Stammtisch will be hosted in the newly remodeled 2nd floor Brauhaus Room. Registration is limited because of COVID-19 restrictions, so save your spot now! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. https://www.dankhaus.com/event-3963080

Happy Labor Day! Did you know, in the late 1800's, there was much debate amongst labor unions whether Labor Day should b...
09/07/2020

Happy Labor Day! Did you know, in the late 1800's, there was much debate amongst labor unions whether Labor Day should be celebrated on May 1 or in September. Under President Grover Cleveland, the September Labor Day holiday was formally signed into law in 1894. It was seen as a distanced alternative to the May 1 International Workers Day, which at the time, was very much associated with radicalism and the bloody Haymarket Affair in Chicago. The DANK Haus will be closed today in observance of the holiday. Einen schönen Feiertag wünschen wir Euch!

Here's a sneak peek for our Facebook fam! Installation of The Rocket's Red Glare, with photography and other installatio...
09/06/2020

Here's a sneak peek for our Facebook fam! Installation of The Rocket's Red Glare, with photography and other installations by Barbara Diener, is nearly complete in our Scharpenberg Gallery. We are hosting a small opening reception this Friday, September 11, 6-9pm, with the artist present. In an effort to be as COVID-safe as possible, we require RSVPs for every attendee. We will require masks to be worn during the entire time you are in the building. With these measures in place, we are excited for you to join us! RSVP: https://www.dankhaus.com/event-3925201

In the news: The Stuttgart-based automotive company just signed a major deal with Amazon––the electric fleet brings Merc...
09/05/2020
Amazon Expands Zero-Emission Fleet With Mercedes-Benz Electric Van Order

In the news: The Stuttgart-based automotive company just signed a major deal with Amazon––the electric fleet brings Mercedes Benz closer to its goal to be carbon-neutral by 2040.

The new order comes on top of the 100,000 electric delivery vans Amazon ordered from startup Rivian.

German Day is one week away! Normally, members of various German clubs and groups would be marching together up Lincoln ...
09/05/2020

German Day is one week away! Normally, members of various German clubs and groups would be marching together up Lincoln Ave in the Von Steuben Parade. Here's a photo from the parade in 1980 with Heidi Fallak-Kaden, who won the Miss DANK-USA pageant that year, waving as the parade marched downtown. The parade was unfortunately cancelled for this year, but we're still keeping German Day alive by offering our delicious festival food menu outside the DANK Haus for curbside pickup. Please place your order on our website at https://dankhaus.com/Store/. All orders must be in by the end of the day on Wednesday, September 9th. Ein schönes Wochenende wünschen wir Euch!

Looking to rent a space outside for a small intimate gathering? Stop and look no further, our 6th Floor Terrace has wond...
09/04/2020

Looking to rent a space outside for a small intimate gathering? Stop and look no further, our 6th Floor Terrace has wonderful Skyline views! Check out this great video clip highlighting the space and email us at [email protected] with any venue questions!

😍We danced at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center’s beautiful terrace yesterday! It was a lovely day and we shot our latest choreography to “Nobody But You”. It is a romantic dance with a touch of country. Check out the video here and let us know what you think! 👇🏼https://youtu.be/_tQo9S5evco

THANK A GERMAN!Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) was a pioneer in bringing architecture into the modern era. Born in ...
09/04/2020

THANK A GERMAN!

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) was a pioneer in bringing architecture into the modern era. Born in Aachen, he was the director of a well-renowned design school called the Staatliches Bauhaus. The school ended up closing down because of oppositional political pressure from the Nazi Party, prompting Mies to plant his new roots in the U.S. in 1937 — in Chicago no less! As architecture program director at the Armour Institute of Technology (later known as IIT), Mies helped propel architecture from the ornamentally-focused City Beautiful and Art Deco movements to a minimalistic, “bare bones” approach, emphasizing free-flowing design and modern construction materials. Many of his beautiful masterpieces illuminate cities from Chicago to Berlin!

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Our popular Fall history class starts October 1. The course is called "Beyond Good and Evil to Götterdämmerung in the Th...
09/03/2020

Our popular Fall history class starts October 1. The course is called "Beyond Good and Evil to Götterdämmerung in the Third Reich, 1933/1945." Course moderator Mike Haas will explain the significant historical events which brought the Nazis to power in 1933 and then will lead us through this darkest chapter of German history until the Third Reich's destruction in 1945. Registration open now: https://www.dankhaus.com/event-3927616

Did you grow up in a German-speaking household in Chicagoland? We are seeking first-generation German-Americans who can ...
09/02/2020

Did you grow up in a German-speaking household in Chicagoland? We are seeking first-generation German-Americans who can tell us their story in a virtual interview. Please email [email protected] if this applies to you!

Our Kinderschule is all set for your little ones joining our full-day Kindergarten and Preschool! Not registered yet? Ch...
09/02/2020

Our Kinderschule is all set for your little ones joining our full-day Kindergarten and Preschool! Not registered yet? Check dankhaus.com/education––there may still be slots available for your child's age and desired schedule.

Still pondering how to maximize on your virtual learning experience for your child? Look no further. Beginning next week...
09/01/2020

Still pondering how to maximize on your virtual learning experience for your child? Look no further. Beginning next week, the DANK Haus will be offering supervised learning pods. Register today as the program size is limited. https://dankhaus.com/Education

Our friends at the The Richard H. Driehaus Museum reopen their doors tomorrow, August 29! We've been awaiting this day, ...
08/28/2020

Our friends at the The Richard H. Driehaus Museum reopen their doors tomorrow, August 29! We've been awaiting this day, especially so we can check out their new exhibit "PAN: Prints of Avant-Garde Europe, 1895-1900." If you are into art, Art Nouveau, graphic design, and European print culture, you are going to want to visit. (Make sure you book your ticket online––the museum has COVID-19 safety measures in place.) http://driehausmuseum.org/exhibitions

Join course moderator Mike Haas for a 16-week study of Germans during the Third Reich. This course explores how a people...
08/28/2020
DANK Haus - Beyond Good and Evil to Goetterdaemmerung in the Third Reich, 1933/1945

Join course moderator Mike Haas for a 16-week study of Germans during the Third Reich. This course explores how a people attempting to rebound from the defeat in war, hyperinflation, political chaos, and global depression roll the dice with Adolf Hitler and entered the moral darkness and depravity which culminated in the Holocaust. Register: https://dankhaus.com/event-3927616

“Many Germans despised the Nazis though they made compromises along the way. Yet most people identified with the Third Reich, and most believed that the Nazis had healed the wounds of German history. At the end of the war, it was very difficult for Germans to come to grips with their initial polit...

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4740 N Western Ave
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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00

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Hi. I was wondering if the DANK Haus or anyone else was interested in German Sign Language? I am of German Heritage and know very basic German but would love to know more about German Sign language too.
Herbst Feiertag! Celebrate Autumn! Missing the Oktoberfest on the Peoria Riverfront this year? No problem please join us this Sunday,September 20th, 2020, for German Herbst Feiertag picnic at Hickory Grove Park from noon to 8 pm – Free Admission and Parking. The event is to celebrate the first day of Fall with a German Picnic held in a beautiful tree covered biergarten. This is a family friendly event. Hickory Grove Park, 12403 Hickory Grove Rd., Dunlap. Take Route 40 North to Hickory Grove Rd. Eddie Korosa returns to Peoria for an afternoon of outstanding accordion fun for listening or dancing a polka beginning at 12pm. Asbury Fox will play from 4pm. Asbury Fox is an indie folk-rock group from Peoria, IL. Food to be served includes: Heidelbugers, Brats, Sauerkraut, Spaetzle, Applesauce, and Bavarian Pretzels. Food served until 6:00 pm or until we run out. Only service animals permitted. No outside food or coolers allowed. Social distancing will be required due to COVID-19.
Brats, Bier and Polka with Eddier Korosa! On Sunday, August 2nd, 2020, the Harmonie of the Peoria German American Society will be hosting a Brats, Beer and Polka picnic at Hickory Grove Park from noon to 8 pm – Free Admission and Parking. The event is based off a a traditional German Picnic held in a beautiful tree covered biergarten. This is a family friendly event. We will also be recognizing Swiss National Day which is August 1. August 1, 1291 is considered to be the founding of the Swiss nation. Many of our members and area citizens can trace their roots back to Switzerland. Hickory Grove Park, 12403 Hickory Grove Rd., Dunlap. Take Route 40 North to Hickory Grove Rd. Turn east and look for additional signs. Eddie Korosa returns to Peoria for an afternoon of outstanding accordion fun for listening or dancing a polka! Other entertainment will also be provided. The entertainment begins at 1:00 pm. Food to be served includes: pork schnitzel, bratwurst, hot dogs, German Potato Salad, sauerkraut, or cole slaw, and Bavarian Pretzels. Food served until 7:00 pm or until we run out. Only service animals permitted. No outside food or coolers allowed. Social distancing will be required due to COVID-19.
I tried to respond to the question when I requested membership in the group but it didn't let me type in anything. My answer is no, I'm not a DANK Haus alumnus because I grew up in the EU so I attended a range of programs at Goethe Institut Madrid, Bremen and Chicago, Herder Institut Leipzig and Universität Regensburg. Hope we can chat in the German group soon.
Received my “Mystery Stein” for the virtual Mayfest Stein Holding competition I won on the Saturday! Danke! 🍺 Thanks Danke Haus and US Steinholding!
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Hi. I was supposed to go to an 80th birthday celebration in Germany next week, but obviously, I am not going. Has anyone ever sent a gift basket or any such thing in Germany? Like if it were here, I'd send an Edible Arrangement or something. Any suggestions?
Very cute German American Children's Picture Book. Great for getting kids interested in the German culture and learning a few German words. They will want to learn more.
Very cute German American Children's Picture Book. Great for getting kids interested in the German culture and learning a few German words. They will want to learn more.
Frau Isabella, meine Mutter. Leicht hat sie nicht gehabt. It does not pass a day, that I don't think of her. The last couple of years I lived next to her, where the best years of my life. It was wrong to move her out of conveniance. Too bad that an active, involved life, now just fades away.