Soccer fans in Lincoln Square will have at least one venue to watch some of this summer’s FIFA World Cup matches as they take place live in South Africa.?That’s because DANK Haus just announced it will host free screenings of games involving the German and U.S. teams from June 13 through June 23.
John Winkhardt, a facility maintenance manager with DANK Haus, says he’s prepared to seat at least 150 people at some of the screenings. He says the event has already gotten positive responses from some German fans.
“I was asked by some people if I could paint the room black, red, and gold, and I said, ‘It?s a big room. I?m not sure I can do that,’” he says.
The games will be shown on an 84-inch projection screen, and the German cultural center will be selling German beer, wine, pretzels, and?landj?ger, which are “like a Slim Jims but German,” says Winkhardt. In addition to refreshments, DANK Haus will also hand out copies of cheers yelled out during German soccer matches, and Winkhardt says he hopes people will participate in a few rounds of cheers during the game.
“Instead of watching a game at home, you can drink and beer and cheer with your friends,” he says.
The matches being screened at DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave., are:
Sunday, June 13: Germany vs. Australia live at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, June 18: Germany vs. Serbia live at 6:30 a.m.
Friday, June 18: recorded showing of Germany vs. Serbia at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 23: U.S. vs. Algeria live at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, June 23: Germany vs. Ghana live at 1:30 p.m.
Because South Africa is seven hours ahead of Chicago, some of the matches can only be seen live at odd parts of the day, like the Germany vs. Serbia match at 6:30 a.m. Winkhardt says he hopes people will find time to stop by DANK Haus and watch the games.
“If they have to go work in the morning at 9 o?clock, maybe they can come in and watch the game,” he says.
DANK Haus will also be screening UEFA Champions League match between German team Bayern Munich and Inter Milan this Saturday, May 22, at 1 p.m.