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From Stein-Holding To Pretzel-Making, DANK Haus Hosting 3 Fundraisers To Celebrate Oktoberfest

The pandemic forced the cancellation of Lincoln Square's Oktoberfest, but DANK Haus is serving up alternatives so neighbors can safely celebrate and help the cultural center raise critical funding.

Chicago Brauhaus in its new home at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — DANK Haus is hosting three Oktoberfest-themed fundraising events this month to replace its usual in-person festival.

The first event is a Stammtisch open house at 7:30 p.m. Friday in DANK Haus’s newly renovated Brauhaus Room, 4740 N. Western Ave. 

This event will feature traditional German food, drink, and live musical entertainment by The Paloma Band of Chicago. In-person tickets start at $40 and guests can enter a stein-holding contest.

Advance tickets are required to attend and the event will be limited to 50 people to enforce safe social distancing. Masks covering the nose and mouth are mandatory. To purchase tickets, click here.

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DANK Haus will offer Oktoberfest food for curbside pickup 12:30-6 p.m. Oct. 24. The food will include a selection of traditional German festival food and drink.

To place your order, click here. Sales end 4 p.m. Oct. 20.

DANK Haus also is hosting pretzel-making classes Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13. 

Up to 10 students can attend each class in DANK’s industrial kitchen. They’ll get hands-on training from Reinhard Richter, the resident pretzel meister, and take home their homemade pretzels at the end of the class. 

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Richter’s class will be be broadcast on Zoom so additional students can join the course from the comfort of their home. Tickets for the classes are $30 for in-person and $10 for online.

The DANK Haus building was constructed in 1927 by architect Paul Gerhardt, the architect of Cook County Hospital, Lane Tech and Von Steuben high schools and the L&H Company Building. It was a private club in the 1960s and the former board thought about selling the building in 2003, said Dagmar Freiberger, president of DANK’s board. 

Around that time, Freiberger, her husband and other new board members stepped up to preserve the cultural center’s home and secure its future by opening its doors to the public.

Over the past 17 years, it’s become a hub for neighborhood events, weddings and even a polling place.

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