Maifest Chicago: June 2 -5, 2016

Festival Grounds, Lincoln & Leland Ave.

Spring is finally here and with it comes Maifest! As the traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring, Maifest Chicago has always been one of the best festivals in town. Featuring German foods, live music & entertainment, maypole dance and tons of German Gemütlichkeit, Maifest is the perfect way to kick off summer! Come visit the DANK tent to get your yearly fix of brats & beer! Even better: volunteer with us! Signing up is easy:

1. Choose Your Orientation

2. Choose Your Shifts*

* Since bar shifts are very popular, we encourage volunteers to sign up for an Aufbau, Kitchen, Grill, or Abbau shift before volunteering at the bar.

Adult Sommerschule Registration now open!

Registration closes May 29, 2016

Looking for something this summer that is not only fun, but will teach you a new skill? Then look no further! Registration for summer German classes for adults is open! New this year: additionally to our 7 basic class levels we are offering mini sessions focusing on grammar review and conversation.

Registration and more information here.

Kids Sommercamp: August 8th-19th

Registration is open!

Come with us on a trip from the North Sea, along the Rhine River, to the Bavarian Alps playing favorite German indoor and outdoor games, themed crafts and cooking, and field trips.  This camp is an introduction to German language and culture with an emphasis on fun! For children 5-10 years old.  Older siblings are welcome, however, the max age accepted will be 12.

Registration and more information here!

Art Exhibit: Alexander Solotzew "With Colors around the World"

April 30 - May 21, 2016 | Weekdays 12-4 pm 

For the first time in Chicago! Internationally acclaimed German-American avant-garde artist Alexander Solotzew presents “With Colors around the World”. This solo exhibition features Alexander's most recent artworks, inspired by his journeys across the world. The paintings will be presented in a wide range of mediums: oil on canvas, mixed media, water colors and graphic. The exhibit will be on display during weekdays from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. Please call 941-780-2897 to make an appointment for an individual tour on the weekends.

For more information about the artist please visit www.solotzew.com.

Free Admission

Mozart für Mutti: Special Mother's Day Concert with CHAI Ensemble

Sunday May 8, 2016 | 3:00 pm

Treat your mother to an afternoon of culture, coffee and cake. CHAI Collaborative Ensemble, a polished and energetic group of local young professional classical musicians, performs a lovely program of instrumental and vocal German chamber music in the grand Marunde Ballroom. Repertoire showcases stylish performances from both wind and string instruments, including guest mezzo-soprano Sara Litchfield on the showstopper coloratura aria “Parto, ma tu, ben mio” from the opera La Clemenza di Tito. Traditional German Kaffee and Kuchen service is available for purchase at this child-friendly concert. Child care activities will also available for those who would like to listen and relax during the program. All mothers who attend will receive a beautiful flower.

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Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party

Saturday May 14, 2016 | 2:00 pm

It is the longest-running annual international TV song competition in the world and one of the biggest parties in Europe: the European Song Contest. Since 1956, member countries of the European Broadcasting Union have sent their candidates to compete for the best performance. Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition.

This year, the European Song Contest takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, following Sweden's victory at the 2015 contest. 26 countries will participate in the final, including Germany, Sweden, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. DANK Haus will stream the contest live from Stockholm. There will be drinks, light snacks and glowing sticks for everyone! Who is your favorite this year?

Free Admission| Snacks and drinks available for purchase


Deutsch-Amerikanischer Kinder- & Jugendchor, German-American Singers of Chicago:
81st Annual Mother's Day Concert

Saturday May 15, 2016 | 2:30 pm

Bring your mother, your children, and the whole family to this lovely Mother's Day tradition! Kinderchor and Jugendchor under the direction of Carol Himmel, and the German-American Singers of Chicago under the direction of Glen Sorgatz will all be performing. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to support Chicago's Kinderchor, please visit their GoFundMe.

Tickets: $15
Food and drink available for purchase after the concert

More information here.

Every 3rd Friday of the month

Stammtisch Open Haus - Maifest

Friday May 20, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Maifest celebrations are just around the corner, but why not get started a little early at DANK Haus' monthly Open Haus? This month we will be partaking in the German springtime favorite of eating Spargel (white asparagus). To wash it down, there will be two special beverages: our very own Maibowle (white wine infused with sweet woodruff), and Hofbräu Maibock on tap. Come join us as we gear up for Maifest!

Free Admission| Food and drinks available for purchase

Kulturküche Cooking Classes - Authentic Bavarian Pork Roast

Thursday May 26, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Learn how to make an authentic Bavarian Schweinebraten (pork roast) with chef Carol from Himmel's Chicago European Restaurant. Roast Pork is a popular Sunday meal in Central Europe and a staple of Bavarian cuisine. It is traditionally served with Semmelknödel (bread dumplings) and Blaukraut (red cabbage), and best enjoyed with a fresh Bavarian-brewed beer. For this class, Chef Carol will not only share the recipe for her famous mushroom gravy, she will also reveal the secret of how to get your roast to that point of melt-in-your-mouth perfect juiciness & tenderness. If you want to learn how to cook (and talk) like a Bavarian, this class is not to be missed!

As usual, our class includes hands-on instruction, Chef Carol's delicious family recipe to take home, a drink from the bar, generous samplings, and of course, great company.

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