November 11, Saturday 3: PM – 9: PM

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 N. Western Avenue


The German International School Chicago (GISC) invites children of all ages and backgrounds to the 10th Annual Laternenfest & St. Martin’s Parade at the DANK Haus on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 3:00pm.


In Europe, Laternenfest (lantern fest) is a fun-filled fall celebration where children walk through their villages with lighted lanterns on the eve of St. Martin’s Day (Martinstag).


The Chicago celebration will start with lantern-making and other kid-friendly activities at 3:00 pm, continue with a lantern parade through Lincoln Square at dusk, and conclude with a brat dinner at the DANK Haus around 6:00 pm.

Tickets for adults and children ages 3+: $13 entry, or $20 entry including a discounted brat dinner ticket. Advance dinner tickets enjoy a $2 discount over dinner tickets purchased at the event. Children under age 3 are free. Admission includes a lantern kit that children can use to personalize their own lantern, plus free crafts, storytelling, and a sing-along.

Face-painting and other entertainment, as well as food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event (concession tickets are available for pre-purchase during online registration and at the event).

Admission tickets need to be purchased in advance; there will be no at-the-door sales. Laternenfest sold out five years in a row and space is again limited this year.

Purchase your tickets today at

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.

About the German International School Chicago

German International School Chicago (GISC) is an independent, not-for-profit, bilingual school. Since opening its doors in 2009, GISC has grown to over 100 students from Pre-K through Middle School. Every school year, a grade level is added. During the 2017-2018 school year, our oldest students are currently in 7th grade, and for the 2018-2019 school year, an 8th grade will be added. GISC intends to grow to the completion of high school.

GISC’s curriculum is taught mainly in German with an intercultural approach. GISC students work on transdisciplinary units with global perspectives within the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB). Low student/teacher ratios enable students to learn in a supportive and individualized environment that nurtures curiosity and creativity while fostering global awareness. GISC students – fluent in German and English – will become well-rounded, creative, responsible, and tolerant global citizens. GISC welcomes students of all backgrounds and nationalities. The current student body represents 30 different nationalities. It is a very open-minded, diverse, positive, and international learning institution with a strong sense of community.

GISC is a Provisional Member of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), is recognized as a DSD school by the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA), and is an official PASCH Partner School. GISC is also a candidate school for the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

For more info: