Beloved Chicago Brauhaus Legacy Finds New Home

Chicago, IL — March 6, 2020 - A new GoFundMe campaign could revive parts of the historic Chicago Brauhaus at a new location - and mend the hearts that broke when it closed its doors in December 2017. The DANK Haus German-American Cultural Center is asking fans of this iconic establishment to help raise $50,000 to remodel the space where it will go which will be just a stone’s throw away from its original home. The funds will be used to install remnants of the Brauhaus’ interior and make much-needed upgrades to a room that already serves countless community groups year round.

DANK Haus was gifted much of the interior of the storied restaurant by owners Guenter and Harry Kempf. They plan to remodel the 2nd floor Brandenburg Room of the DANK Haus – and rename it the Brauhaus Room – to accommodate the original bar and many of the architectural elements of the restaurant. Donations will be necessary to preserve this German Chicago legacy.

If all goes as planned, you'll also be able to enjoy a stein and a pretzel in a space resembling the old Chicago Brauhaus bar. Blueprints of the new construction will have guests walking through the original front doors and into the past. From the chandeliers to the signature bar upholstered with red leather and wood veneer, guests at the new Brauhaus Room will be able to reminisce and make new memories at the same time.

The DANK Haus preserves and promotes German-American culture and language through exhibitions and diverse social events. The newly proposed Brauhaus Room is the building’s busiest space and is in great need of repair. The room currently supports clubs and organizations from the Chicagoland area including the Boy Scouts, the US Census Bureau, the German American Police Association and countless community meetings hosted by local officials, to name a few. 

“Restoring this quintessential Lincoln Square establishment is truly an exciting opportunity for the DANK Haus to pay homage to the German American experience in Chicago,” says Executive Director Monica Jirak.  “It will preserve the legacy of the Kempfs, as well as provide a more accessible and inviting environment to the thousands of guests and community members who already use it.”

The original beloved bar closed after more than five decades in Lincoln Square. All proceeds from the GoFundMe campaign will support upgrades at the DANK Haus so the project can move forward. For more information or to donate to the project, visit


Deadline: June 30, 2020

Goal: $50,000

Location: 2nd floor Brandenburg Room

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center 

4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center:

The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to preserving and promoting German and German American culture, heritage, and language through maintaining a language school, museum, library, art gallery, and through educational and social programming. It is located in Chicago's historically German neighborhood, Lincoln Square. Core programming includes a German Language School for children and adults, rotating Fine Arts and Museum exhibits, monthly Open Haus, Kulturküche Cooking Classes, Kino, Kaffee und Kuchen, Public Event Viewing Parties, Oktoberfest and more. The DANK Haus is a core member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance – a consortium of ethnic museums, cultural centers and historical societies whose mission is to effect social change through cultural diversity.

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Thank You To Our Brauhaus Donors! 

Robert C. Albert at the Chicago

Community Foundation

Tim Anderson

Marlena Ascher

Ned Bacon

Ann & Brian Balusek

Jimmy Barrett

Jessica Beans

Karen Benko

Charles Benson

Eric Bentsen

Trey Berre

Trish Berry

Hans & Christa Boden

Rachel Bold

Sabine Brink

Reed & Jennifer Brunzell

William Buchman

Katherine Burda

Nathan Campbell

James Chase

Christine Clark

Adam Coleman

Adam Conway

Jason Coulter

Christine D

Natalie Dahlin

Lisa R. D'Angelo & David L. Kaput

Juliet Dervin

George Dornseif 

Ed Doxtator

Christopher Dravus

Katrin Eisenberg

Antonio Elizondo

August Etsch

Eric Etten

Jess Ex

Clark Fabisch Realty

Amber Fetsch

Anja Fiedler

Carol Fitzgibbons

Andrew Flach

Anthony Forster

Jurgen Frank

Steven Fulghum

Thomas Gansauge

Erik Glass

James Graf

Mark Graunke

Joseph Gustaitis

Peter Hanneman

Melanie Hannon

James Hardy

Ethan Hobart

Stacy Hejnal

Christopher Hemphill

Erika Hutz

Eric Jaloveckas

Amy Johnson

Matthew Johnson

Ryan Johnson

Frank Jurgen

Derek Kaden

Noreen Kane

Paula Keats

Harry Kempf

Guenther Kempf

Arthur Koegel

Peter Kroner

Elizabeth Lamberti

Stephen Landfear

Chere LaRose

Steph Launer

Mike & Annie Lewandowski

Brian Lipinski

Carol Maher

Nicola Margolis

Melissa Matarrese

Jamie Mayberry

Nancy Michael

John Morton

Ed Murphy

Jon Myalls

Tom Nally

Melinda Neuhauser

Steven Nerger

Edward Nerger

Richard Noeller

Heather Nordloh

Megan Northcutt

Daniel Otto

Kristen Pengelly

Alejandro Perez

Karen Plomin

Robert Pockmire

Ross Prolic

Natalie Rauch

Eric Rogers

Stephen Rossi

Karin Ruschke

Lindsey Sandle

William Savage

Stacy Scheets

Karen Schopf

Manfred Schuller

Schulter Foundation

Mark Schumacher

Matthew Schwingel

Horst Siegel

Samantha Skelton

Jerry Smiley

Aaron Smith

Haris Sofradzija

David Stahl

Mayt Stolze

Hank Stewart

Peter Strazzabosco

Holger Sube

Enid SV

Christy Taddeo

Noel and Margot Taylor

Marisa Thompson

Zach Thrillhouse

Heidi Thornton

Seth Tisue

Jacqueline Toepfer

John Tomazin

Steve Tradewell

Jesse Tzeng

Alexander Usher

Jennifer VanderPloeg

Michael Waechter

Eileen Wagner

Piet Walvoord

Brynn Weimer

Sebastian Weissenberger

Damon Westjohn

Jack Williams

Autumn Wolfer

Eileen Wagner

Michelle Wilkinson

John Ziegler

Jeanne Zoellner-Gonzalez

RAISED $37,000 of $50,000 FUNDING GOAL




4740 N. Western Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625

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