DAN WIEMERSLAGE | Board Member
I have been a DANK Haus enthusiast ever since I discovered the Haus by chance and attended a sausage making class with my sons a couple of years ago. It was so much fun and the people were so welcoming and wonderful that my family and I have been hooked ever since.
Being of German ancestry, DANK has caused me to reflect on bygone days, when, as a boy, I would drive with my father every other weekend from the suburbs to the “old German neighborhood” to visit Deli Meyer or Kuhn’s Delicatessen to buy groceries or visit other German businesses in Lincoln Square. To me, it is with great sadness that most all of these businesses and restaurants have disappeared into the great “melting pot” of America and that the faces watching the Von Steuben Day Parade seemed to be getting older and older. But, as a member of DANK, I am heartened by the direction and energy that the DANK Haus is taking to re-instill, in a younger generation (including my own children) and the community at large, an appreciation for all things German.
In what seems to have been another lifetime, I was a real estate attorney who, among other things, significantly contributed to the redevelopment of the Bucktown, Wicker Park and Lakeview neighborhoods of Chicago. After many, many years working in this area, I practiced environmental law with a small boutique firm that represented BP/Amoco. I am currently involved with a delivery business that is active in Lake County Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.