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A Peek Inside A Neighborhood Private Social Club

By Jason Kreke

One of a handful of private members-only clubs in the area, the Turkish Cultural Center serves as a place for people to come to after work and unwind. Jason Kreke ventures in and learns good food can make anyone comfortable in any environment.

Beer Story: How Did Our Area Become A Beer Neighborhood?

By Meryl Williams

It’s a fact: Our area has become a Beer Neighborhood. In some ways, Lincoln Square, Northcenter, and Ravenswood seemed almost destined to be Chicago’s premier beer neighborhood. So which came first: the beer or the beer-drinker?

As Street Fests Multiply, Organizers Ask: “Are There Too Many?”

By Paul Wilson

When Rock Around the Block struggled in its rebirth in West Lakeview last June, one of its organizers acknowledged a reality of the current climate for Chicago street fests. “These aren’t cash cows anymore,” John Barry, Star Events chief executive, told a group of concerned business owners shortly after the festival. It was a quick Read the Rest…

Fairy Tale Forest Celebrates Brothers Grimm at DANK Haus

By Patty Wetli

What would Walt Disney, or for that matter all of Hollywood, do without the Brothers Grimm? No Cinderella, no Sleeping Beauty, no Snow White. No Pretty Woman, no Tangled, no Mirror Mirror (which might not be such a bad thing.) It’s been 200 years since the first publication of fairy tales collected by Jacob and Read the Rest…

The Vintage Bazaar Is Not Your Grandmother’s Garage Sale

By Patty Wetli

Brace yourselves people: The term “vintage” now refers to the year 1992. You know what that means? Taylor Lautner is vintage. So is Miley Cyrus (feel free to insert your own “second hand” joke here). And if you were holding onto your old Barney dolls, WWF action figures and Nirvana cassettes, waiting for them to Read the Rest…

Craft Beer Lovers Warm Up to Winter Brew

By Patty Wetli

“Who drinks Miller Lite anymore?” Certainly not Derek Lindskog, one of the lucky 525 craft beer lovers who snagged a coveted ticket to the inaugural Winter Brew, held last Saturday at DANK Haus. A joint effort of the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce and the Square Kegs Home Brew Club, Winter Brew was, by all Read the Rest…

Facelift Puts Welcoming Face on DANK Haus

By Patty Wetli

“In 2003, this organization was close to shuttering its doors,” said Andreas Hecht, president of the DANK Haus board of directors. Over the weekend, a revitalized DANK, 4740 N. Western Ave., threw open those same doors to celebrate not only the unveiling of its new facade but a renewed sense of purpose. The exterior makeover, Read the Rest…

DANK Haus Prepares to Unveil New Facade

By Patty Wetli

This Saturday, DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave., will pull away the scaffolding to reveal its renovated first-floor facade. The entire community is invited to an afternoon of free festivities, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., which include a ribbon cutting (fingers crossed for another giant pair of scissors), refreshments, live music and a first look at Read the Rest…

Debate Permit Parking in Lincoln Square at Public Hearing

By Patty Wetli

With the skyrocketing cost of metered parking, drivers are increasingly searching for bargains (ie, free parking) on side streets, adding further fuel to the permit parking debate. What’s the balance between too much and not enough? Anyone who thinks the amount is just right? Anyone? Here’s your chance to share your opinion. Ald. Ameya Pawar’s Read the Rest…

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center Announces Official Unveiling of $370,000 Façade Renovation

By Mike Fourcher

The DANK Haus in Lincoln Square will hold an official opening celebration of its $370,000 first floor façade renovation on Saturday January 21, 2012 between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The festivities will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, Alderman Ameya Pawar, invited, refreshments provided by local Lincoln Square merchants, unveiling of the donor recognition wall Read the Rest…

Square Kegs Kicks Off Home Brew Contest

By Patty Wetli

Think you’ve got an award-winning stout brewing in your basement? Time to put your skills to the test in the Square Kegs Home Brew Club’s first Winter Brewing Competition. The contest is sure to be the hot topic at the club’s meeting, Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Brew Camp, 2039 W. Belle Read the Rest…

Food & Drink: Bacon, Beer, Birds, Boo!

By Patty Wetli

Baconfest at Chalkboard Get ready to pig out when Baconfest kicks off the first in a series of satellite dinners at Chalkboard, 4343 N. Lincoln, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. Chef Gilbert Langlois, one of the original Baconfest participants, has taken quite the pork-tastic approach to his menu: Feast on chocolate bacon lollipops, quail eggs with Read the Rest…

German-American Fest Kicks Off This Evening

By Mike Fourcher

Although there are more festivals to come this year, Lincoln Square’s German-American/Oktoberfest always seems to cap off the summer streetfest season. After this weekend, weather gets cooler and outdoor activities get dicier. With weather forecasts in the low 70′s here’s your chance to grab some food or beer and stand in the middle of a Read the Rest…

CSJ Podcast #3: DANK Haus’ Nicholle Dombrowski

By Karl Klockars

Many of us know of DANK Haus through their efforts at Maifest and Oktoberfest, as well as their massive complex at Western and Lawrence. But did you know about Stammtisch?  About the air-pistol shooting range within? About the educational aspects as well as the German love for all things Hawaii (and Elvis)? We sat down Read the Rest…

Mayfest Crew Cleans Up, Counts Up

By Mike Fourcher

If measured in sheer, gob-smacking quantities, Mayfest should be considered a success. Over the course of four days, the festival consumed over 1,000 kegs of beer, 5,000 pounds of sausage, 40 pounds of herring, 10,000 rolls, served up 3,840 pieces of cake and 7,200 dozen pretzels according to Mayfest Committee organizer and DANK Haus Chairwoman Dagmar Read the Rest…

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