TIF Funding Proposed for German American Cultural Center

February 1, 2023

Lincoln Square's DANK Haus German American Cultural Center would receive $1.56M in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) support for accessibility upgrades and related renovations under a proposal introduced to City Council today by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot.

The improvements are part of $2.3M in planned visitor enhancements to the six story complex, located at 4740 N. Western Ave., which has served as DANK’s headquarters since 1967.

Originally a Three Links Club lodge when it opened in 1927, the building was designed by Paul Gerhardt, architect of Land Tech and Von Steuben high schools. The 77,000-square-foot building is home to six part-time cultural center jobs and two retail tenants.


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