Vibrant Cultures in Chicago: Germany
Written by: Marcie Wolbeck
Cultural Care Au Pair is back to bring you some great ways to immerse your family in the vibrant cultures Chicago has to offer. Last month we introduced you to Chicago’s Mexican heritage in Pilsen. This month we take a trip to Germany to celebrate all that it has to offer!
The changing leaves, cooler temperatures and harvest season remind me of the German specialties of beer and brats! As a Wisconsin native myself, where there are many residents of German descent, I have not been to many parties where beer and brats aren’t a staple! Here in Chicago, there are many opportunities to explore the culture of our German ancestors.
This adventure starts at The DANK HAUS German American Cultural Center . From its museum lined with Chicago’s German American Community artifacts to the art exhibits and language classes, there is so much for the whole family to see and do here! Both the museum and art gallery are free, and open to the public on Saturdays.
After touring Chicago’s German heritage at the DANK HAUS, head over to the Chicago Brau Haus to feast on German food and beer (for the adults, of course!). This Lincoln Square staple hasn’t changed in over 40 years and features customary German music and dancing six days a week! Your kids will love seeing the staff dressed in lederhosen and dancing to the traditional German music!
After enjoying some bratwurst, Wiener schnitzel and potato dumplings at the Brau Haus, cap off your German educational experienced by baking German soft pretzels as a family!
No German experience is complete without a delicious soft pretzel and while they're baking, read some classic fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm. The Brothers Grimm are Germany’s famous story-telling brothers whose folktales include Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White among others.