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Children's Laternenfest - German Crafts, Parade & Sing a long
Dank Haus
Chicago, IL
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Children's Laternenfest - German Crafts, Parade & Sing a long
German School Chicago welcomes children of all ages and backgrounds to a fun-filled autumn celebration with crafts, singing and a lantern parade at dusk. Admission includes all the supplies needed for kids to make and light (safely) their very own traditional German lanterns.  Children will learn traditional lantern songs, then families will proceed outside to parade through charming Lincoln Square. The parade will end at approximately 5:15 pm with a final big sing-along in Giddings Plaza.

This much-beloved European tradition holds rich memories for adults: Patricia, Museum Intern at the DANK Haus, lit up when the Lanternenfest was announced. "It is my absolute favorite memory from childhood, every year I couldn't wait for St. Martin's Day." German School Chicago and the DANK Haus are excited to share this cultural experience with children of all backgrounds and languages and bring the magic of families singing and swinging little lanterns in the autumn light to the city of Chicago.

This event is Sunday, November 11 at 2:30pm.
Admission is $7.00 per crafting child, parents free.  
Baked goods, juice, water and gl├╝hwein will be available for purchase.

DANK Haus is located a half block from the Western Brown Line stop in Lincoln Square, Chicago's historically German neighborhood.  Free parking courtesy of MB Financial Bank, Western & Gunnison.

About The Lantern Walk
The Lantern Walk coincides with the feast of St. Martin of Tours on November 11. According to the most famous story of the saint, Martin was a Roman soldier who was traveling one cold winter night when he saw a beggar in the streets. Even though Martin felt frozen to his toes, he was compelled to cut his cloak in two and give one of the halves to the beggar. That night, in a dream, he saw Christ clothed in the piece of the cloak he'd given the beggar. Afterward, Martin was less interested in the business of battle. When Martin finally left the service with an honorable discharge, he founded a number of monasteries and was elected Bishop of Tours in 371. According to the legend, Martin did not want to be elected, and tried to escape by hiding in a barn full of geese. However, the geese gave him away with their honking! Ergo, it's tradition to eat roast goose on St. Martin's feast day.

About German School Chicago
German School Chicago (GSC) is an independent, not-for-profit, German immersion school that welcomes students of all backgrounds and nationalities. GSC students work on trans-disciplinary projects and themes with global perspectives within a Montessori-based and IB-oriented curriculum. Students learn in a supportive, intimate, individualized environment that nurtures curiosity and creativity and fosters cultural awareness. German School Chicago offers preschool for 3- and 4-year olds (part-day and full-day), Kindergarten, and Elementary School (grades 1-3), as well as before and after care. The school is located at 1447 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago IL 60613. For more information, please call (773) 880-8812 or see www.germanschoolchicago.com

About the DANK Haus
The DANK Haus, located in Chicago's traditionally German Lincoln Square neighborhood, represents a chapter membership of over 800 Americans of German descent, their friends and families and the community in general. The DANK Haus also houses a German language school for both children and adults, a closed stack research library and the DANK Museum.  Core programming such as Stammtisch,  Kino, German Cinema Now, Oktoberfest, regular Fine Art installations, literary readings, classical and traditional musical performances and Sylvester Ball on New Year's Eve add to the rich, cultural heritage celebrated at DANK Haus.


Dank Haus (View)
4740 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
United States


Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Festivals

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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