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!
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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. 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.

Do you know someone who just shared some good news? Tell them about our wedding venues at the DANK Haus! https://dankhau...
01/04/2020

Do you know someone who just shared some good news? Tell them about our wedding venues at the DANK Haus! https://dankhaus.com/Rentals

Right, fellow Chicagoans?(Translation: Christmas and New Years Eve are over. I would be ready for the summer.)
01/03/2020

Right, fellow Chicagoans?

(Translation: Christmas and New Years Eve are over. I would be ready for the summer.)

We are working together with the Zentralstelle fuer Auslandsschulwesen (ZfA) to offer a high quality German Language edu...
01/02/2020

We are working together with the Zentralstelle fuer Auslandsschulwesen (ZfA) to offer a high quality German Language education program at the DANK Haus! We train our teachers and prepare our students to pass das Deutsche Sprachdiplom (DSD) so they can have the wonderful experience to study in Germany.

With the collaboration of the ZfA, our Language Program Director Danica Polanski was able to go to New York so we can be the best German language program we can be. Want to know more about overcoming bridges and what we learned in New York, read all about here:

https://www.auslandsschulwesen.de/SharedDocs/Kurzmeldungen/Webs/ZfA/DE/Aktuelles/2019/191203_Tagung_Deutscher_Sprachschulen_NY.html

The same procedure as last year? The same procedure as every year! Dinner for One, ready for you to watch for this year'...
01/01/2020

The same procedure as last year? The same procedure as every year! Dinner for One, ready for you to watch for this year's New Years Eve:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVd_VLO9xcc

Dinner for One is a German tradition to be watched on New Years Eve. The German TV station Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) recorded it in 1963, in the original English, with a short introduction in German. It is an 18-minute single-take black-and-white videotape recording, performed by British comedians Freddie Frinton and May Warden.

TOP 5 DANK HAUS POSTS OF 2019#1
12/31/2019

TOP 5 DANK HAUS POSTS OF 2019

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TOP 5 DANK HAUS POSTS OF 2019#2We are so EXCITED to announce that we are planning our very first DANK Haus Fundraiser & ...
12/31/2019

TOP 5 DANK HAUS POSTS OF 2019

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We are so EXCITED to announce that we are planning our very first DANK Haus Fundraiser & Gala! Mark your calendars now for Saturday, February 22, 2020 for a magical night of fun, celebration and giving! Helau!
https://dankhaus.com/event-3645848

TOP 5 DANK HAUS POSTS OF 2019#3Anyone else remember the Chicago Brauhaus? When the restaurant closed in December of 2017...
12/31/2019

TOP 5 DANK HAUS POSTS OF 2019

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Anyone else remember the Chicago Brauhaus? When the restaurant closed in December of 2017, the owners graciously donated several items to the DANK Haus Museum. These items were used along with others from our permanent collection to pull together an exhibit on the German culinary tradition in Chicago's north side. Click through the photos to see old pictures of the Brauhaus, a sneak peek at the exhibit development, and a few pictures from the permanent exhibit on our 2nd floor. Be sure to stop by and see the exhibit in person soon! You will find it on the 2nd floor of the DANK Haus (more info online: https://dankhaus.com/Brewers-Bakers-and-Bratwurst).

TOP 5 DANK HAUS POSTS OF 2019#4After 17 years of trying to open the safe, Charlie resorted to brute force and busted the...
12/31/2019

TOP 5 DANK HAUS POSTS OF 2019

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After 17 years of trying to open the safe, Charlie resorted to brute force and busted the wall down to find all of the DANK Haus treasures! Guess what he found!

TOP 5 DANK HAUS POSTS OF 2019#5Sandra Bullock's mother is German and Sandra grew up in the Nuremberg area for the first ...
12/31/2019

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Sandra Bullock's mother is German and Sandra grew up in the Nuremberg area for the first 12 years of her life. She is very fluent, but a little bit rusty (so she says). Maybe it's time for Sandra to get a refresher course in German! We recommend our German Language Class Proficient II at the DANK Haus to help expand her vocabulary and increase fluency while speaking. And don't worry Sandra, we know that your schedule is busy. Many of our students miss a class here and there and that's ok! So, you can sign up right here: https://dankhaus.com/Advanced-German-Classes

Silvester – Happy New Year’s Eve!Why do German call New Year’s Eve “Silvester”?To answer this question we have to go bac...
12/31/2019

Silvester – Happy New Year’s Eve!

Why do German call New Year’s Eve “Silvester”?

To answer this question we have to go back to the years 335 and 1582.

“Silvester” was named after a 4th century Roman saint: Pope Sylvester I. Besides the fact that he served as a pope from 314 to 335 there is not much known about him, but according to legend Pope Sylvester I. healed the Roman emperor Constantine I of leprosy. Therefor the grateful emperor gave him the so-called Donation of Constantine, granting him extensive rights to land and power. “Silvester” became associated with New Year's Eve with the reform of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, when the last day of the year was fixed at December 31.

As in many other countries, the Germans celebrate Silvester with a group of friends, fireworks and champagne. But there are also some German “Silvester” traditions that you might not know!

1) Shortly before New Year's Eve, people you meet will wish you a "Guten Rutsch" which literally means "have a good slide into the new year”.

2) Bleigießen (= “lead pouring”) is an old practice to predict the future. You have to heat a little piece of lead or tin in a tablespoon by holding it over a small flame and then pour it quickly into a bowl of cold water. The resulting pattern predicts your future in the coming year. For example the shape of an anchor means that you will receive help from others or the shape of a nail means that better times are coming.

3) Also popular is raclette, where cheese is melted on a table-top grill. The melted cheese is served on top of potatoes, meat, pearl onions, and pepper.

German NYE phrases:

Ich wünsche einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr.
(I wish you a happy new year.)

Frohes neues Jahr.
(Happy new year.)

Das Feuerwerk, die Feuerwerke!

(The firework, the fireworks!)

What are your Silvester traditions?

We were so happy to have a surprise visit by Cornelius Von D Heyden today! He will be performing a special NYE concert t...
12/30/2019

We were so happy to have a surprise visit by Cornelius Von D Heyden today! He will be performing a special NYE concert tomorrow at the Himmel's!

Learn German as a New Year's resolution! Here are just a few reasons why it is beneficial to know a foreign language: Ad...
12/28/2019

Learn German as a New Year's resolution! Here are just a few reasons why it is beneficial to know a foreign language: Advance your understanding of German culture, have better job opportunities, earn more money, communicate with more than 90 Million people who speak German as their first language, improve your memory and decision making skills, or delay the onset of dementia.

Read more about the benefits of learning a second (or third) language:
https://www.mosalingua.com/en/why-learning-a-new-language-should-be-your-new-years-resolution/

Or sign up today: https://dankhaus.com/Adult-German-Classes

With two Grammy awards and over ten million albums sold, the German metal band Rammstein's popularity can't be denied. R...
12/26/2019
The story of Rammstein: porno-punk cabaret and pyromania

With two Grammy awards and over ten million albums sold, the German metal band Rammstein's popularity can't be denied. Read here how behind their bombast and deliberate controversy is a rejection of the censorship and totalitarianism the band grew up with in the Eastern bloc. https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-story-of-rammstein-porno-punk-cabaret-and-pyromania

Over the past 25 years, Rammstein have defied conventional wisdom and become superstars. This is their story

Have cabin fever in the days leading up to 2020? See our exhibition on beer steins, which closes THIS SATURDAY, December...
12/26/2019

Have cabin fever in the days leading up to 2020? See our exhibition on beer steins, which closes THIS SATURDAY, December 28! We are featured in a WTTW - Chicago PBS list of things to do in the city this week. https://news.wttw.com/2019/12/25/chicago-weekend-events

12/25/2019

We wish you a wonderful Christmas Morning!

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and may it be filled with love and happiness!Wir wünschen euch ein be...
12/24/2019

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and may it be filled with love and happiness!

Wir wünschen euch ein besinnliches Weihnachtsfest mit schönen und entspannten Stunden im Kreise eurer Familien!

What are you having for Christmas Eve dinner? Did you know that a common meal in Germany is potato salad with sausages? ...
12/24/2019

What are you having for Christmas Eve dinner? Did you know that a common meal in Germany is potato salad with sausages? This tradition is a simple meal that is supposed to remind people of the poverty of Mary and Joseph. The hard decision will be to make your potato salad Bavarian style with vinegar or with mayonnaise!

Looking for a last minute gift: How about the gift of language and culture? Give yourself or your loved ones the gift of...
12/23/2019

Looking for a last minute gift: How about the gift of language and culture? Give yourself or your loved ones the gift of learning German!

Find more information about our Adult German Classes here: https://dankhaus.com/Adult-German-Classes

We wish you a happy and peaceful Hanukkah! May this festival of lights bring blessings of love upon you and your loved o...
12/22/2019

We wish you a happy and peaceful Hanukkah! May this festival of lights bring blessings of love upon you and your loved ones!

12/22/2019
Romantic Wedding First Dance Waltz to "At Last" by Etta James | Choreographed by Duet Dance Studio

Isn't the first dance at a wedding splendid? Duet Dance Studio borrowed our Skyline Lounge to film their latest promotional video. Doesn't the couple, the dance and our lounge look ---
B E A U T I F U L ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqKhe12qqpg

💃🏻Learn this romantic wedding waltz online! STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS AVAILABLE SOON🕺🏽 Click here for updates: https://www.weddingfirstdancelessons.com/get-u...

Did you see "Klaus" on Netflix? No? That's ok, you don't have to: Meet our own (Brian) Clauss, language learner of the m...
12/21/2019

Did you see "Klaus" on Netflix? No? That's ok, you don't have to: Meet our own (Brian) Clauss, language learner of the month!

Here are all the things you always wanted to know about (Brian) Clauss: Ich habe Deutsch als Erwachsener am Küchentisch meiner Schwiegereltern gelernt. Sie waren Flüchtlinge aus dem ehemaligen Ost-Berlin und in die Vereinigen Staaten in 1960 gekommen. Die erste Sprache meiner Frau war Deutsch, sie hat Englisch im Kindergarten gelernt. Deutsch war ihre Muttersprache, aber sie konnten die Grammatikregeln nicht erklären. Ich konnte Deutsch sprechen, aber nicht richtig. Ich habe viele Grammatikfehler gemacht. Das ist der Grund, warum ich zum Unterricht im DANK Haus gekommen bin - um Grammatik zu lernen.
Der Unterricht war eine wunderschöne Überraschung für mich. Die Lehrer*innen sind wunderbar klug, interessant und wir haben ein gute Gruppe in unserem Unterricht. Sie sind fleissig, lustig und interessant. Im DANK Haus zu lernen gefällt mir sehr!

Tonight is our last Stammtisch of the year! Come by and enjoy a nice hot cup of glühwein and lots of Christmas cheer! Do...
12/20/2019

Tonight is our last Stammtisch of the year! Come by and enjoy a nice hot cup of glühwein and lots of Christmas cheer! Doors open at 7:30. For more information, click here: https://www.dankhaus.com/event-3645821

Looking for something to do this Friday and love German Glühwein? Come to our Christmas Party Stammtisch! Bring a wrappe...
12/19/2019

Looking for something to do this Friday and love German Glühwein? Come to our Christmas Party Stammtisch! Bring a wrapped gift and join all the fun in our gift exchange. Doors open at 7:30pm For more information click here: https://www.dankhaus.com/event-3645821

Das Motto unserer letzten Mittwochsklasse: Leinen los und ran an die Kanonen! Shiver me timbers! Look what our Wednesday...
12/18/2019

Das Motto unserer letzten Mittwochsklasse: Leinen los und ran an die Kanonen!

Shiver me timbers! Look what our Wednesday students, ARRR mates, we mean, pirates are up to! After playing a pirate board in German, they learned to summarize an article about pirates. Well done, mateys!

Want to register for German language education on Wednesdays or Saturdays, click here:
https://dankhaus.com/registrationshttps://dankhaus.com/registrations

Can we get some likes for our newest library volunteer, Laura Osterlund? With experience at the University of Chicago's ...
12/18/2019

Can we get some likes for our newest library volunteer, Laura Osterlund? With experience at the University of Chicago's science library, and her serious enthusiasm for the German language, Laura is such a joy to have on our volunteer team!

Mmmmm... Isn't Christmas time the best time when families bake together? Clare, our newest staff member, shared with us ...
12/17/2019

Mmmmm... Isn't Christmas time the best time when families bake together? Clare, our newest staff member, shared with us photos of her parents baking and decorating our favorite, Stollen Bread. What are your favorite German treats?

The creativity was flowing at Sunday's Make-a-Mosaic class, taught by Green Star Movement in our Skyline Lounge! Stay tu...
12/17/2019

The creativity was flowing at Sunday's Make-a-Mosaic class, taught by Green Star Movement in our Skyline Lounge! Stay tuned to our events page to see what we're doing next. https://dankhaus.com/Events

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center's cover photo
12/16/2019

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center's cover photo

Wishing you Geborgenheit this holiday season!
12/15/2019

Wishing you Geborgenheit this holiday season!

The DANK Haus is all decked out for our Weihnachtsmarkt and we invite you all to come today from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Bri...
12/14/2019

The DANK Haus is all decked out for our Weihnachtsmarkt and we invite you all to come today from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Bring your friends and little ones and make wonderful memories while you get in the Christmas spirit! Hope to see you today!

The city's most authentic German Christmas market is tomorrow! Come join the fun at the 2019 Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas M...
12/13/2019

The city's most authentic German Christmas market is tomorrow! Come join the fun at the 2019 Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market! With over 30 vendors, there is something for everyone on your gift list! Timeless Toys Golden Sapphire Amy's Candy Bar Love-Leigh Crafting Mitzibell L&M Fine Foods Scrubculent Karl Raack Claudia Raack Bailey's Bees Rare Dirndl Chicago Marshmallow Nomadic Ant B. Rustik Urban Pooch Canine Life Center Sacred Art Chicago Sausage König Maike's Marvels Hilary's Cookies A Pretty Flower Recycled by Robin

Saturday, December 14th from 11 AM - 6 PM.
https://dankhaus.com/event-3602683

We had a donation of over 100 steins and will be offering them for sale at this year's Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market!...
12/13/2019

We had a donation of over 100 steins and will be offering them for sale at this year's Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market! These steins would make an excellent holiday gift and with a huge aray of designs, we are sure there is something for everyone of your beer drinking friends! Prost!

Saturday, December 14th from 11 AM - 6 PM.
https://dankhaus.com/event-3602683

Kids at the DANK Haus Kinderschule have been hard at work on decorations this year. Come check out their adorable orname...
12/13/2019

Kids at the DANK Haus Kinderschule have been hard at work on decorations this year.

Come check out their adorable ornaments and join the fun at the 2019 Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market Saturday, December 14th from 11 AM - 6 PM.

https://dankhaus.com/event-3602683!

Mitzibell, Tina Smith and other local artisans are bringing the joy of environmental handmade pillows, hats, gloves and ...
12/13/2019

Mitzibell, Tina Smith and other local artisans are bringing the joy of environmental handmade pillows, hats, gloves and other crafts this Saturday. Toss in a novelty German t-shirt and you're good to go!

Don’t forget to book your horse-drawn carriage ride online. HURRY!! This Christmas tradition is sure to sell out fast:

Come join the fun at the 2019 Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market!

Saturday, December 14th from 11 AM - 6 PM.
https://dankhaus.com/event-3602683

We're thrilled to welcome a smörgåsbord of unique goods this year, including boutique candy from Lincoln Square's own Am...
12/12/2019

We're thrilled to welcome a smörgåsbord of unique goods this year, including boutique candy from Lincoln Square's own Amy's Candy Bar and Harry Potter-inspired earrings from Love-Leigh Crafting.

Don’t forget to book your horse-drawn carriage ride online. HURRY!! This Christmas tradition is sure to sell out fast:

Come join the fun at the 2019 Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market!

Saturday, December 14th from 11 AM - 6 PM.
https://dankhaus.com/event-3602683

Don't forget to bring your (gently) used winter clothes this Saturday! The Friendship Center is excited to participate i...
12/12/2019

Don't forget to bring your (gently) used winter clothes this Saturday! The Friendship Center is excited to participate in this year's Dank Haus Holiday Market - and so are we! We will be raising money to help feed hungry families in our community, and will have our cool "Fighting Hunger is my Jam" tote bags as a Thank You gift for donations of $25 and above (along with a few other rewards!).

Gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters - even socks - are welcome, and we will get them into the hands of people who need them.

Saturday, December 14th from 11 AM - 6 PM.
https://dankhaus.com/event-3602683

You can't go wrong with natural holiday gifts from Golden Sapphire and specialty games from Timeless Toys. Come join the...
12/12/2019

You can't go wrong with natural holiday gifts from Golden Sapphire and specialty games from Timeless Toys. Come join the fun at the 2019 Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market!

Don’t forget to book your horse-drawn carriage ride online. HURRY!! This Christmas tradition is sure to sell out fast:

Saturday, December 14th from 11 AM - 6 PM.
https://dankhaus.com/event-3602683

We love seeing Carol Himmel on WGN TV showcasing her tasty German Bread Dumplings. Did you know that Carol will be at ou...
12/11/2019
Lunchbreak: German Bread Dumplings

We love seeing Carol Himmel on WGN TV showcasing her tasty German Bread Dumplings. Did you know that Carol will be at our Weihnachtsmarkt Indoor German Christmas Market this Saturday from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM? She will be serving up Nüremburg Sausage ($6), Gulaschsuppe ($6) and
Käsespätzle ($6) fresh from our kitchen. And stay tuned... Carol will be one of our Kulturküche featured chefs in 2020! Hope to see you at our indoor market this weekend and a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Carol from Himmel's Restuarant!
https://wgntv.com/2019/12/10/lunchbreak-german-bread-dumplings/?fbclid=IwAR2T0ecpDwIfX-k2THN3GYs082gcbUIfmX-T7Fe-_vta267hlebSlXIGooQ

Carol Himmel, Owner/Executive Chef - Himmel’s Chicago Himmel’s Chicago 2251 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL Events: Himmel’s Christmas Goose Dinner Call One Week in advance for Traditional German Goose Dinner Served Through December 23rd, 2019 2251 W. Lawrence Avenue Chicago, IL

Address

4740 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL
60625

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(773) 561-9181

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