• Lincoln Square’s DANK Haus Eyes $2.3 Million Renovation To Improve Accessibility

    by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / May 10,  2022

    The German American cultural center and nonprofit is applying for TIF funds to upgrade the bathrooms, front entrance and aging plumbing at the Western Avenue building.

    LINCOLN SQUARE — DANK Haus German American Cultural Center cleared the first hurdle Tuesday toward securing $1.5 million in city funding to make its longtime home more accessible to the public.

    The center and nonprofit, 4740 N. Western Ave., wants to use TIF funds to begin a $2.3 million overhaul to make its bathrooms and front entrance meet American Disability Act standards, and upgrade the building’s aging plumbing, Executive Director Monica Jirak said.

    The city’s Community Development Commission approved the proposal Tuesday as the first step in a lengthy process to free up TIF funding.

    The nonprofit was founded in 1959 and bought the Western Avenue location in 1967. Read more HERE

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