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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Did you know the DANK Haus has many beautiful event spaces available to rent? Our building, built in 1927, offers histor...
07/30/2021

Did you know the DANK Haus has many beautiful event spaces available to rent? Our building, built in 1927, offers historic beauty, vintage charm, and breathtaking views of the city skyline! Learn more about rentals at the DANK Haus at https://dankhaus.com/page-18589

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A message from our friends at the Eden United Church of Christ in Jefferson Park:"We, from the Eden United Church of Chr...
07/30/2021

A message from our friends at the Eden United Church of Christ in Jefferson Park:

"We, from the Eden United Church of Christ congregation located in Jefferson Park, would like to say “Hi” to all of you Dank Haus followers! Our congregation was established in 1914 by Volga German immigrants who settled in Chicago. In the 1940’s the congregants decided to beautify the sanctuary, and sought out a German stained- glass artist by the name of Hans M. Muench to design and produce windows that would depict the life of Christ. The windows turned out to be absolutely stunning and even until today, we are so proud of them. As a fundraiser to repair our 92 year old roof and restore our Mohler organ, we have put together a 27 page booklet entitled, “Light in the Windows”, which we are offering to the public. It contains photos of our beautiful windows and discusses the Volga German heritage of our church, the background of Mr. Muench, and the religious significance of each window and the symbols incorporated within. If you are interested, this booklet may be purchased directly from our website at “edenroofandorgan.org” for $15.00. Thank you for your support!"

A message from our friends at the Eden United Church of Christ in Jefferson Park:

"We, from the Eden United Church of Christ congregation located in Jefferson Park, would like to say “Hi” to all of you Dank Haus followers! Our congregation was established in 1914 by Volga German immigrants who settled in Chicago. In the 1940’s the congregants decided to beautify the sanctuary, and sought out a German stained- glass artist by the name of Hans M. Muench to design and produce windows that would depict the life of Christ. The windows turned out to be absolutely stunning and even until today, we are so proud of them. As a fundraiser to repair our 92 year old roof and restore our Mohler organ, we have put together a 27 page booklet entitled, “Light in the Windows”, which we are offering to the public. It contains photos of our beautiful windows and discusses the Volga German heritage of our church, the background of Mr. Muench, and the religious significance of each window and the symbols incorporated within. If you are interested, this booklet may be purchased directly from our website at “edenroofandorgan.org” for $15.00. Thank you for your support!"

Have you heard about our monthly stammtisch event? Each month on the 3rd Friday we gather at the DANK Haus in the Skylin...
07/29/2021

Have you heard about our monthly stammtisch event? Each month on the 3rd Friday we gather at the DANK Haus in the Skyline Lounge for drinks, food, friendship, and fun. From delicious German dishes to unique guests and entertainment, its always a fun time! We hope to see you at the next one!

Have you heard about our monthly stammtisch event? Each month on the 3rd Friday we gather at the DANK Haus in the Skyline Lounge for drinks, food, friendship, and fun. From delicious German dishes to unique guests and entertainment, its always a fun time! We hope to see you at the next one!

Are you watching the olympics? What is your favorite event to watch?
07/29/2021

Are you watching the olympics? What is your favorite event to watch?

Happy Deutscher Donnerstag! In honor of the Olympics, did you know that though divided at the time, East and West Germany competed together from 1956 through 1964? Aside from that, between the end of World War II and 1990, East and West Germany competed separately in the Olympics. Germany has also hosted the Olympics three times in total: the 1972 Summer Olympics and the 1936 Winter and Summer Olympics. Many of the Olympic traditions you may be familiar with, like live TV broadcasting and the torch relay, were actually started in the 1936 Summer Olympics as N**i propaganda. Germany was also meant to host the 1916 Summer Olympics and 1940 Winter Olympics, but both were canceled because of the two World Wars. In total, German athletes have earned 1618 medals, 528 of which are gold! 🥇

Deutscher Donnerstag Question: What is your favorite event to watch in the Olympics?

Registration is now open for our Fall Adult German classes! We will be offering our core classes online this semester, w...
07/28/2021

Registration is now open for our Fall Adult German classes! We will be offering our core classes online this semester, while Konversation classes will take place in person! Whether you're just getting started, or you're a pro looking to brush up your skills, the DANK Haus has a class for you!

Don't have 16 weeks to commit to a class? Check out one of our "Next Level German" classes, which last just 6 weeks and focus on a special interest topic such as film or current events!

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

Registration is now open for our Fall Adult German classes! We will be offering our core classes online this semester, while Konversation classes will take place in person! Whether you're just getting started, or you're a pro looking to brush up your skills, the DANK Haus has a class for you!

Don't have 16 weeks to commit to a class? Check out one of our "Next Level German" classes, which last just 6 weeks and focus on a special interest topic such as film or current events!

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

The White House has announced that it will not lift travel restrictions for European travelers to the US for the time be...
07/28/2021

The White House has announced that it will not lift travel restrictions for European travelers to the US for the time being.

The White House announced that it will not lift travel restrictions for European travelers to the US for the time being. While Germany, along with other EU member states, has allowed entries from the US since June, the US will keep its existing travel restrictions in place. When asked how long the restrictions would last, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said, "Nothing is unlimited."

[English below] ☮️💙🥞  Friede, Freude, Eierkuchen! Danke an die, die zu Feierabend "Loveparade" gekommen sind vor ein Paa...
07/27/2021

[English below] ☮️💙🥞 Friede, Freude, Eierkuchen! Danke an die, die zu Feierabend "Loveparade" gekommen sind vor ein Paar Wochen. Der Regen hat uns nichts ausgemacht, dank den neuen Markisen auf der Terrasse. ;) Danke für die geile Musik, Collin O'Brien! // ☮️💙🥞 Peace, love, pancakes! Thanks to everyone who came to our Love Parade Feierabend a couple weeks ago. Thanks to the new awnings on the terrace, the rain didn't stop our fun. Thanks for the dope tunes, Collin O'Brien!

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting the first Virtual Community Meeting for the Lincoln Ave, West...
07/26/2021
Lincoln Avenue Streetscape and Plaza

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting the first Virtual Community Meeting for the Lincoln Ave, Western to Catalpa Streetscape Improvements on Tuesday, July 27th.

CDOT is conducting a streetscape improvement project along Lincoln Avenue from Western Avenue to Catalpa Avenue, including Catalpa Avenue from Lincoln Avenue to Western Avenue. Building off the Lincoln Square Master Plan and Ainslie Arts Plaza, the project aims to provide a safe, walkable, and attractive street that will foster community
and economic growth The project is in the early stages of concept design and the project team is gathering information to help guide the improvements.

Please join CDOT at the first virtual Community Meeting for the Lincoln Avenue Streetscape and Plaza. At this meeting, the project team will introduce the project to the community, review existing conditions, discuss the potential improvements to the project area, seek attendee feedback via interactive activities, and provide an opportunity for questions and answers.

Please visit the project website to provide input via the current poll and provide questions ahead of the public meeting. After the meeting, a pdf of the presentation along with the video recording will be posted, along with a fresh poll seeking follow-up input from the community.

Learn more and register for the webinar at https://chicagocompletestreets.org/portfolio/lincoln-avenue-streetscape-and-plaza/

  Please register for the first public meeting here: Webinar Registration – Zoom The Chicago Department of Transportation is conducting a streetscape improvement project along Lincoln Av…

Heute Abend | Tonight - Virtual Q&A with Director of "The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel"Register to receive the Zo...
07/26/2021

Heute Abend | Tonight - Virtual Q&A with Director of "The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel"

Register to receive the Zoom link at https://dankhaus.com/event-4331308

This event is presented in partnership with the German American Heritage Center & Museum and is generously sponsored by the German Consulate General in Chicago

Heute Abend | Tonight - Virtual Q&A with Director of "The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel"

Register to receive the Zoom link at https://dankhaus.com/event-4331308

This event is presented in partnership with the German American Heritage Center & Museum and is generously sponsored by the German Consulate General in Chicago

The James R. Thompson Center is one of Helmut Jahn's best known works in Chicago, but a new exhibit celebrates his full ...
07/25/2021
Helmut Jahn exhibit opens at Chicago Architecture Center

The James R. Thompson Center is one of Helmut Jahn's best known works in Chicago, but a new exhibit celebrates his full legacy in the city he called home.

The James R. Thompson Center is one of Helmut Jahn's best known works in Chicago, but a new exhibit celebrates his full legacy in the city he called home.

Have you visited Germany before? We want to hear what about your favorite spot to visit! Haven't been to Germany yet, or...
07/24/2021

Have you visited Germany before? We want to hear what about your favorite spot to visit! Haven't been to Germany yet, or wishing to explore it further? Tell us about your dream travels!

Chicagoans can thank Germans for bringing hot dogs to America. At the end of the 19th century, 25% of Chicago’s populati...
07/24/2021
Everything You Need To Know About Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

Chicagoans can thank Germans for bringing hot dogs to America. At the end of the 19th century, 25% of Chicago’s population was German-born or first generation German, and in 1880 36% of ALL butchers in Chicago were German immigrants. They brought their food culture with them, particularly the Vienna sausage–at the time a mix of pork, beef and spices.

This National Hot Dog Day, here's everything you need to know about the Chicago-style hot dog. Where it came from, what 'drag it through the garden means,' and where to find the best in the city.

College of DuPage student (and DANK Haus Kinderschule Before/After Care Teacher) Anastasia Kallish wins prestigious fell...
07/23/2021

College of DuPage student (and DANK Haus Kinderschule Before/After Care Teacher) Anastasia Kallish wins prestigious fellowship to Germany

Washington, D.C. - Anastasia Kallish is one of 75 Americans selected to study and work in Germany as part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals program – now in its 38th year. The 2021-2022 CBYX Young Professionals cohort departs for Germany on July 31 and returns in June 2022. Participants come from a wide variety of career fields and from all over the United States. This year about 450 young professionals vied for a spot in this prestigious program.

CBYX is a joint program of the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag (Parliament). Cultural Vistas administers the CBYX Young Professionals program through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

While in Germany, Anastasia will attend a two-month intensive language course and after that study at a German university and complete an internship in the career field of international relations. Participants are placed with host families throughout Germany, where they act as citizen ambassadors of the United States, promoting a positive image abroad and creating lifelong friendships and professional connections to keep German-American relations strong.

“Our newest cohort of young professionals, including Anastasia, is well-equipped to further our core mission – creating lasting ties between the United States and Germany,” said CBYX Young Professionals Senior Director Dr. Daniel Villanueva. “We are thankful these promising young leaders will be representing us in Germany this year.”

Participants must be U.S. citizens aged 18.5-24 and have clear career goals and prior experience in their chosen field. Young leaders from all career fields are encouraged to apply. German language ability is not required. CBYX also has opportunities for high school students and those interested in vocational training. More information on these opportunities can be found at exchanges.state.gov/cbyx.

CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program. While Americans like Anastasia spend the year living in Germany, 75 young German professionals will spend the year experiencing life in the United States. German participants study at U.S. colleges and work at local businesses while living with an American host. CBYX is seeking interested host families, companies, and colleges who would like to participate in this exciting cultural exchange. Interested parties should visit https://cbyx.info/host.
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We are so incredibly proud of Anastasia and wish her all the best as she sets off on this new adventure!

Heute Abend | Tonight! Virtual Kinderschule Open House!Learn more about our full-day bilingual education programs for Pr...
07/23/2021

Heute Abend | Tonight! Virtual Kinderschule Open House!

Learn more about our full-day bilingual education programs for Pre-K to 1st grade, German classes and more! Meet with us from the comfort of your home to learn more about what the DANK Haus can offer you and your family. We welcome every and all new faces, and are looking forward to e-meeting you!

You can register here: https://dankhaus.com/event-4212630
Please note that the meeting details will be shared with you after registering for the event.

Heute Abend | Tonight! Virtual Kinderschule Open House!

Learn more about our full-day bilingual education programs for Pre-K to 1st grade, German classes and more! Meet with us from the comfort of your home to learn more about what the DANK Haus can offer you and your family. We welcome every and all new faces, and are looking forward to e-meeting you!

You can register here: https://dankhaus.com/event-4212630
Please note that the meeting details will be shared with you after registering for the event.

Heute Abend - Tonight!Come enjoy a beverage with a spectacular view from our 6th Floor Terrace. A perfect place to meet ...
07/22/2021

Heute Abend - Tonight!

Come enjoy a beverage with a spectacular view from our 6th Floor Terrace. A perfect place to meet your neighbors and socialize. Tonight beginning at 7pm. Proceeds support the DANK Haus Museum.

Heute Abend - Tonight!

Come enjoy a beverage with a spectacular view from our 6th Floor Terrace. A perfect place to meet your neighbors and socialize. Tonight beginning at 7pm. Proceeds support the DANK Haus Museum.

This weekend, stream “The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel” with the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center and Ge...
07/22/2021

This weekend, stream “The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel” with the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center and German American Heritage Center & Museum. This multiple award-winning, yet to be released documentary tells the extraordinary odyssey of a reluctant German soldier who miraculously survived World War II and went on to assist the U.S. government in the post-war democratization of Germany.

Stream from TODAY, July 22nd through Monday afternoon July 26th.

Then join us for a live virtual Q+A with director Joseph Cahn via Zoom on Monday evening July 26th at 7:00 PM.(CDT)

Register for both events on Show&Tell:
https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/tujope-dank1

This virtual film screening event is graciously sponsored by the German Consulate General in Chicago

This weekend, stream “The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel” with the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center and German American Heritage Center & Museum. This multiple award-winning, yet to be released documentary tells the extraordinary odyssey of a reluctant German soldier who miraculously survived World War II and went on to assist the U.S. government in the post-war democratization of Germany.

Stream from TODAY, July 22nd through Monday afternoon July 26th.

Then join us for a live virtual Q+A with director Joseph Cahn via Zoom on Monday evening July 26th at 7:00 PM.(CDT)

Register for both events on Show&Tell:
https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/tujope-dank1

This virtual film screening event is graciously sponsored by the German Consulate General in Chicago

In summer a light sandwich can be the perfect lunch on a hot day. Have you recently reached into your fridge for the may...
07/22/2021

In summer a light sandwich can be the perfect lunch on a hot day. Have you recently reached into your fridge for the mayonnaise jar to dress up your sandwich? If your answer is yes, you can THANK A GERMAN!

While Richard Hellmann (1876-1971) did not invent mayonnaise, it is thanks to him that we can purchase and store mayonnaise in larger quantities. Hellmann's wife, Margaret Vossberg, came from a family that owned a delicatessen. Following his marriage, Hellmann opened his own deli where he would make a fresh batch of mayonnaise every morning to sell in small servings. He knew there must be a better way, and so he began to use screw top canning jars that increased the preservation time of the mayo. Soon sales of his jarred mayonnaise boomed and in 1916 his company was established as Richard Hellmann, Inc.

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4740 N Western Ave
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Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm

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(773) 561-9181

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Pre-K German Language Play Group
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Stammtisch/Open Haus - 3rd Friday of the Month
German Cinema Now - 4th Friday of the Month
Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
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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?