The first floor of the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center (DANK Haus) was used to house the Presto restaurant, which unfortunately was destroyed by a fire in 1980. Since that day, the space has been in a horrendous condition with the fire damage still visible today. The DANK Haus has made countless attempts to renovate the space and use for its cultural and educational programming, but always lacked the funding to do so. The space has been empty and is only being used for temporary storage at this time.
The DANK Haus has received a grant from the city of Chicago for $100,000 to help renovate the first-floor space with the goal of attracting a sustainable long-term tenant. The total renovation expenses will be upwards of $200,000. We need your help to offset the renovation costs that the DANK Haus will assume in the process. Once the space is renovated, it will be rented out which will help fund additional programming, arts and the language school.
Renovation Donation goal
August 2017 - Renovation begins