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!

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Don't know what this means? Come and find out in our June Redewendungen (German Idioms and Phrases) class! The class is ...
05/13/2021

Don't know what this means? Come and find out in our June Redewendungen (German Idioms and Phrases) class! The class is only 4 weeks long and takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 PM.

Learn more and register at https://dankhaus.com/event-4215669

Don't know what this means? Come and find out in our June Redewendungen (German Idioms and Phrases) class! The class is only 4 weeks long and takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 PM.

Learn more and register at https://dankhaus.com/event-4215669

Learn more German this summer in our DSD Summer Class!Throughout the summer we will focus on reading authentic German te...
05/13/2021

Learn more German this summer in our DSD Summer Class!

Throughout the summer we will focus on reading authentic German texts, writing essays, and broadening the scope and understanding of your German on a more academic level. At the same time students will gain a deeper insight into the German Culture from various perspectives. This will also prepare students for the written part of the DSD exams.

This class has two three-week sessions, one in July, and one in August. Class will meet twice a week via Zoom for 90min (Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30-11AM), and it is expected that students spend another 90min on homework.

Material for this class will be provided by the teacher.

This class is tailored to students who are at at a pre-DSD, DSD I or DSD II level - classes will be divided by age and skill, please select your preference level (pre-DSD, DSD I, DSD II, or "don't know" during the registration process). If registration number does not allow us to split classes, the instructor will differentiate the various skills and ages in class.

Learn more and register at https://dankhaus.com/event-4228899
Interested in our scholarship opportunity? Visit https://dankhaus.com/event-4185189

Learn more German this summer in our DSD Summer Class!

Throughout the summer we will focus on reading authentic German texts, writing essays, and broadening the scope and understanding of your German on a more academic level. At the same time students will gain a deeper insight into the German Culture from various perspectives. This will also prepare students for the written part of the DSD exams.

This class has two three-week sessions, one in July, and one in August. Class will meet twice a week via Zoom for 90min (Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30-11AM), and it is expected that students spend another 90min on homework.

Material for this class will be provided by the teacher.

This class is tailored to students who are at at a pre-DSD, DSD I or DSD II level - classes will be divided by age and skill, please select your preference level (pre-DSD, DSD I, DSD II, or "don't know" during the registration process). If registration number does not allow us to split classes, the instructor will differentiate the various skills and ages in class.

Learn more and register at https://dankhaus.com/event-4228899
Interested in our scholarship opportunity? Visit https://dankhaus.com/event-4185189

Whether your seed order was a little too big or you've just become addicted to homegrown herbs and veggies, you're proba...
05/12/2021

Whether your seed order was a little too big or you've just become addicted to homegrown herbs and veggies, you're probably looking to make the most of your kitchen garden this season! That's where Kasey from Vivant Gardening Services comes in! She will presenting another virtual workshop on Wednesday, May 19th at 6 PM focused on maximizing your kitchen garden. She'll share tips on companion planting, succession sowing, and more to help you get all you can from each square foot of growing gold you have in your garden.

The ongoing pandemic has been hard on many of our Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, and Northcenter businesses. DANK Haus fully embraces its role as a community cultural center through our “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” a grassroots initiative. We are happy to work with Vivant Gardening Services to present this workshop. When you purchase a ticket for this event, 50% of ticket cost goes directly to Vivant Gardening Services.

To learn more and register, visit https://dankhaus.com/event-4286562
If you have any questions or concerns, email [email protected]

Whether your seed order was a little too big or you've just become addicted to homegrown herbs and veggies, you're probably looking to make the most of your kitchen garden this season! That's where Kasey from Vivant Gardening Services comes in! She will presenting another virtual workshop on Wednesday, May 19th at 6 PM focused on maximizing your kitchen garden. She'll share tips on companion planting, succession sowing, and more to help you get all you can from each square foot of growing gold you have in your garden.

The ongoing pandemic has been hard on many of our Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, and Northcenter businesses. DANK Haus fully embraces its role as a community cultural center through our “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” a grassroots initiative. We are happy to work with Vivant Gardening Services to present this workshop. When you purchase a ticket for this event, 50% of ticket cost goes directly to Vivant Gardening Services.

To learn more and register, visit https://dankhaus.com/event-4286562
If you have any questions or concerns, email [email protected]

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Ray Lotter. Ray was very active and involved with the German ...
05/12/2021
Christkindlmarket founder Raimund F. ‘Ray’ Lotter dead at 83

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Ray Lotter. Ray was very active and involved with the German community in Chicago. In addition to founding the Christkindlmarket, Ray was instrumental here at the DANK Haus. He was involved with the Haus from the very beginning. From students to board members and more, his family has been involved with the Haus for multiple generations. His devotion to the German community in Chicago will live on through the Christkindlmarket and the many other ways he has shaped the organizations here.

The Lotter family has asked for donations to the DANK Haus in lieu of flowers. We thank the Lotter family for their support over the years and their generosity in this difficult time.

You can read Ray Lotter's obituary at https://funerals.pro/tribute/details/1285/Raimund-Lotter/obituary.html?fbclid=IwAR3Mx9KjkilA3y3v8y9fqqdDzcDprUmdesqUvxOgT15Q9PpyOk48SLsewEM#tribute-start

He organized the first of the now-annual German Christmas markets in 1996, at Pioneer Court. It moved in 1997 to Daley Plaza, becoming a traditional stop for many.

Check out what our Kinderschule students have been up to lately! The preschoolers and kindergartners let butterflies go ...
05/11/2021

Check out what our Kinderschule students have been up to lately! The preschoolers and kindergartners let butterflies go after raising them in their classroom from caterpillar to butterfly. 🦋

Do you think the DANK Haus Kinderschule might be the right fit for your little one? Want to learn more about what our Kinderschule has to offer? Join us for a Virtual Open House on Saturday, May 22 at 8pm.

To learn more and register for the open house, visit https://dankhaus.com/event-4212630

We were so sad to hear about the death of Helmut Jahn in Chicago on Saturday. Jahn was a prominent German architect who ...
05/10/2021
Famed German Architect Jahn Killed in Illinois Bike Accident

We were so sad to hear about the death of Helmut Jahn in Chicago on Saturday. Jahn was a prominent German architect who designed an Illinois state government building and worked on the design of the FBI headquarters in Washington. His work internationally includes the Sony Center in Berlin and the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.

Jahn was born in Germany in 1940 and graduated from Technische Hochschule in Munich. He moved to Chicago in 1966 to study under legendary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a creator of modernist architecture, at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

A prominent German architect who designed Chicago’s state government building and worked on the design of the FBI headquarters in Washington has been killed in a bike accident in Illinois

Thank you for attending the opening reception of 1CancerPatient, our 1st floor art exhibition which is up until June 25....
05/10/2021

Thank you for attending the opening reception of 1CancerPatient, our 1st floor art exhibition which is up until June 25. If you missed it, you can make an appointment to visit in person by emailing [email protected]. You can also view all the artwork in our virtual gallery: virtualcurtain.net/events/1-cancer-patient using the password Thrivers

Our summer sessions of Adult German Beginner I & II begin next week! It's not too late to register and spend your summer...
05/10/2021

Our summer sessions of Adult German Beginner I & II begin next week! It's not too late to register and spend your summer growing your German skills. This summer classes are offered fully online - learn German from anywhere (even the beach)!

Learn more about the classes we have to offer and register today at https://dankhaus.com/Registration-Adults

Our summer sessions of Adult German Beginner I & II begin next week! It's not too late to register and spend your summer growing your German skills. This summer classes are offered fully online - learn German from anywhere (even the beach)!

Learn more about the classes we have to offer and register today at https://dankhaus.com/Registration-Adults

Nichts ist verloren außer deine Mutter weiß auch nicht, wo es ist. Dann ist es weg für immer.Nothing is lost, until your...
05/09/2021

Nichts ist verloren außer deine Mutter weiß auch nicht, wo es ist. Dann ist es weg für immer.

Nothing is lost, until your mom doesn't know where it is. Then it's gone forever.

Happy Mother's Day!

Nichts ist verloren außer deine Mutter weiß auch nicht, wo es ist. Dann ist es weg für immer.

Nothing is lost, until your mom doesn't know where it is. Then it's gone forever.

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at the DANK Haus.
05/09/2021

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at the DANK Haus.

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at the DANK Haus.

Join us in the Brauhaus Room on Saturday, May 22nd for a Eurovision Song Contest 2021 Viewing Party. We will be streamin...
05/08/2021

Join us in the Brauhaus Room on Saturday, May 22nd for a Eurovision Song Contest 2021 Viewing Party. We will be streaming the grand final, which begins at 2:00 PM. Come watch, eat, and drink with us as we enjoy the competition with our friends. Please make sure to register in advance as we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins.

Learn more and register at https://dankhaus.com/event-4287051

Join us in the Brauhaus Room on Saturday, May 22nd for a Eurovision Song Contest 2021 Viewing Party. We will be streaming the grand final, which begins at 2:00 PM. Come watch, eat, and drink with us as we enjoy the competition with our friends. Please make sure to register in advance as we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins.

Learn more and register at https://dankhaus.com/event-4287051

WWII Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of N**i Germany and the end of Adolf hitte...
05/08/2021

WWII Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of N**i Germany and the end of Adolf hitter's Third Reich, ending the war in Europe. This day is observed as a day of celebration or remembrance annually in several countries, including Germany. Events are held in Berlin to commemorate those who fought against N**ism and lost their lives in WWII.

WWII Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of N**i Germany and the end of Adolf hitter's Third Reich, ending the war in Europe. This day is observed as a day of celebration or remembrance annually in several countries, including Germany. Events are held in Berlin to commemorate those who fought against N**ism and lost their lives in WWII.

Germany's annual Oktoberfest will be canceled for a second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bavarian Premi...
05/07/2021
Germany's Oktoberfest canceled again in 2021 due to coronavirus | DW | 03.05.2021

Germany's annual Oktoberfest will be canceled for a second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bavarian Premier Markus Söder said the decision was made with a "heavy heart."

Germany's annual Oktoberfest will be canceled for a second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bavarian Premier Markus Söder said the decision was made with a "heavy heart."

We are so excited to be back in the Haus for another Stammtisch! Join us on Friday,  May 21st at 7:30pm for a limited in...
05/07/2021

We are so excited to be back in the Haus for another Stammtisch! Join us on Friday, May 21st at 7:30pm for a limited in-person Stammtisch event! Our May Stammtisch will feature your favorite springtime food and drinks. Please make sure to register in advance as we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins.

Learn more and purchase tickets at https://dankhaus.com/event-4286768

We are so excited to be back in the Haus for another Stammtisch! Join us on Friday, May 21st at 7:30pm for a limited in-person Stammtisch event! Our May Stammtisch will feature your favorite springtime food and drinks. Please make sure to register in advance as we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins.

Learn more and purchase tickets at https://dankhaus.com/event-4286768

Have you visited der Blumenladen recently for some beautiful spring flowers? Our friends at the German American Heritage...
05/06/2021

Have you visited der Blumenladen recently for some beautiful spring flowers?

Our friends at the German American Heritage Center & Museum share fun German words like this every week!

Want to learn even more German? Sign up for a Beginner I or II class this summer! Learn more and register at https://dankhaus.com/Registration-Adults

Happy German Lesson of the Week Wednesday. It's the perfect time to visit the flower shop. Enjoy!

Our summer sessions of Adult German classes are just around the corner! Beginner I (offered in the evenings AND afternoo...
05/06/2021

Our summer sessions of Adult German classes are just around the corner! Beginner I (offered in the evenings AND afternoons) and Beginner II start the week of May 17th. Be sure to register ASAP to guarantee your spot and to avoid any late fees! Beginning on May 10th there will be a $25 late fee added to your registration.

Learn more and register today at https://dankhaus.com/Registration-Adults

Our summer sessions of Adult German classes are just around the corner! Beginner I (offered in the evenings AND afternoons) and Beginner II start the week of May 17th. Be sure to register ASAP to guarantee your spot and to avoid any late fees! Beginning on May 10th there will be a $25 late fee added to your registration.

Learn more and register today at https://dankhaus.com/Registration-Adults

It is Teacher Appreciation Week, so for this week’s THANK A GERMAN we are highlighting someone who has had a major impac...
05/05/2021

It is Teacher Appreciation Week, so for this week’s THANK A GERMAN we are highlighting someone who has had a major impact on teaching and education around the world. Friedrich Fröbel (1782-1852) is best known for creating the concept of Kindergarten.

Friedrich Fröbel was born in 1782 in Thuringia to a Lutheran pastor. The Church and Lutheran beliefs were a strong influence in his early education. Fröbel began his career in education in 1805 at the Musterschule in Frankfurt. At this school Fröbel was introduced to the ideas of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, whose motto was “Learning by head, hand and heart.” He next worked as a live-in teacher for three children at Pestalozzi’s institute in Switzerland. He went on to work at a boarding school for boys, serve in the Lützow Free Corps, and worked at the Museum of Mineralogy before focusing on his own creations. He founded the Allgemeine Deutsche Erziehungsanstalt in 1816.

He then began publishing his own writings, including Die Menschenerziehung (“The Education of Man”), which was his main written work. In his later career he focused on preschool child education and in 1837 he founded a care, playing and activity institute for small children. He coined the term “kindergarten” for his Play and Activity Institute. He designed many of his educational play materials, called Fröbelgaben, which included building blocks, pattern activities, and geometric shapes. He realized the importance of activity on child education and development. Activities in his first Kindergarten included singing, dancing, gardening, and play with the Fröbelgaben. In 1851 the Prussian government banned kindergartens and other new, progressive ideas. This slowed the spread of Fröbel’s concepts in Germany, but also sped up it’s spread throughout the rest of the world as teachers began to leave Germany for other countries where they introduced Fröbel’s teachings.

Was your seed order too big for your garden bed? Have you become addicted to homegrown herbs and just want more? We hear...
05/05/2021

Was your seed order too big for your garden bed? Have you become addicted to homegrown herbs and just want more? We hear you! Kasey from Vivant Gardening Services is back on Wednesday, May 19th at 6 PM to talk through her tips for maximizing the space in your kitchen garden for more harvests and even longer seasons of growing. She'll share tips on companion planting, succession sowing, and more to help you get all you can from each square foot of growing gold you have in your garden.

The DANK Haus fully embraces its role as a community cultural center through our “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” a grassroots initiative. The goal of this initiative is to bring awareness to the many businesses in Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Northcenter and beyond that are severely impacted by this crisis. We are happy to partner with Vivant Gardening and 50% of ticket sales for this event will benefit Vivant Gardening Services.

To learn more and register, visit https://dankhaus.com/event-4286562

If you have any questions or concerns, email [email protected]

Was your seed order too big for your garden bed? Have you become addicted to homegrown herbs and just want more? We hear you! Kasey from Vivant Gardening Services is back on Wednesday, May 19th at 6 PM to talk through her tips for maximizing the space in your kitchen garden for more harvests and even longer seasons of growing. She'll share tips on companion planting, succession sowing, and more to help you get all you can from each square foot of growing gold you have in your garden.

The DANK Haus fully embraces its role as a community cultural center through our “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” a grassroots initiative. The goal of this initiative is to bring awareness to the many businesses in Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Northcenter and beyond that are severely impacted by this crisis. We are happy to partner with Vivant Gardening and 50% of ticket sales for this event will benefit Vivant Gardening Services.

To learn more and register, visit https://dankhaus.com/event-4286562

If you have any questions or concerns, email [email protected]

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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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Adult and K-8 German Language School
Pre-K German Language Play Group
Museum & Library
Art Gallery
Performing Arts
Stammtisch/Open Haus - 3rd Friday of the Month
German Cinema Now - 4th Friday of the Month
Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
Ballroom and Skyline Lounge available for private event rentals

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Mittelaltermarkt! German Middle Ages Market! Join us for our first Mittaltermarkt at Hickory Grove Park on Saturday, October 17th from 10am – 7:00pm. Area arts and craft vendors will be selling a wide variety of seasonal items. Live entertainment will be provided. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Free admission. Hickory Park is in Dunlap, IL. Address 12403 N Hickory Grove Rd. A Mittelaltermarkt or Middle Age Market is a German version of a Renaissance fair. Our Middle Age Market will focus mostly on crafters this year. Over 1000 Mittelaltermarkts are held in Germany each year. Since this is close to Halloween and is a Middle Age related event, all workers, vendors and attendees are encouraged to dress up in period attire. Basically any costume you might see on Game of Thrones, Vikings, Robin Hood, William Tell, Merlin, King Arthur, Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Robin Hood movies or TV shows for example. Food being served will include: bratwurst, pork schnitzel, sauerkraut, German potato salad, currywurst and Bavarian pretzels. Hot chocolate, hot cider and Glühwein will be available. Glühwein is a hot spiced wine. Softdrinks, beer and wine will also be available. Ice Cream specialties can also be purchased. Crafters will be setup until at least 5pm. Food will be served until 6pm or until it runs out. Anyone who is interested in being a vendor should call or text Jeff Pulfer at 309-621-1813. COVID-19 Guidelines need to be followed.
Thank you DANK Haus German American Cultural Center for providing an amazing raffle prize for this Friday's virtual Oktoberfest: Feast for Better Housing fundraiser, benefiting North Side Housing and Supportive Services! https://www.facebook.com/events/941172539709358
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?