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Deutsch Amerikanischer National Kongress

~German American National Congress~

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Who We Are

D.A.N.K Fox Valley is a Suburban Chicago Area chapter of D.A.N.K.

D.A.N.K. stands for:

“Deutsch - Amerikanischer National Kongress”
Pronounced like "DAHNK"

D.A.N.K. was founded in Chicago in 1959 to bring together Germans and Americans of German ancestry. We aim to preserve and enjoy our German heritage and culture.

D.A.N.K. is a national organization with 33 active chapters in the United States and is represented in the northern Illinois area with 8 chapters. We are not a political organization, however we endeavor to represent German - American interests.

D.A.N.K. is interested in:

  • Promoting the German Culture with authentic festivals and dances by fostering German Gemütlichkeit (coziness)

  • Retaining the German Language with Language Schools for children and adults

  • Supporting language and culture studies in our high schools, colleges and libraries.


The D.A.N.K. Fox Valley chapter

Was founded in 1967 as "Aurora Chapter 08" and represents the greater Fox River Valley ( Aurora to Elgin ) including the far western suburbs of Chicago. After merging with the Elgin, Illinois chapter in 1997, we changed our name to the Fox Valley chapter to have our name portray the geographical area that our chapter represents.

We organize three Dances/Community Festivals per year

 Fasching ( Mardi-Gras )

 Spring or May Dance

 Oktoberfest Dance


We also have a Summerfest Picnic, a Family Christmas Party in December, and organize other fun filled activities such as brewery tours, winery tours, sleigh rides, Lake Michigan Cruises, and outings to events like Soccer Games & Milwaukee Germanfest. We have also worked with the Governors Office of Illinois setting up cultural displays in the Thompson Center of Chicago.

Our chapter has held German Language classes for children and adults for over 25 years andpublishes a quarterly chapter newsletter.

Above all, we foster fun filled recreational & educational activities representing our German heritage and culture for every one to enjoy.

Click here to see the names and Pictures of our chapter Executive board officers



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