Chicago’s popular Maifest is about to say auf wiedersehen to winter und hallo to spring when it makes its return May 29th through June 1st in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.
Maifest Chicago is a collaboration between multiple German organizations in the Chicagoland area, including the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, the American Aid Society, the Donauschwaben Youth Group, German American Policy, and more.
While visitors enjoy a weekend full of lively German entertainment and authentic cuisine, the support that the event provides to the organizations involved goes a long way in ensuring the culture continues in Chicago’s large German-American community.
The DANK Haus expressed this important aspect of the event in a statement saying that they are “excited to be a vendor at Maifest, sharing our love of German culture, food, and fun with the public. Every sausage and stein you purchase from the DANK Haus booth supports arts and language programming at the Center.”
Six live bands will be playing crowd-pleasing German hits, with plenty of Polka, during the four day festival. On Sunday, a combination of German-American programs will take place including German dance groups, choirs, brass bands, and the Jesse White Tumblers.
Admission is free and access to public transportation couldn’t be easier with the Western Avenue CTA Brown Line stop being right at the festival grounds, which is located at the intersection of Western and Leland Ave.