“The neon Dinkel’s sign that hung outside the century-old bakery, which closed for good last month, is being auctioned off.
“The vertical neon sign was listed on AuctionZip with a starting bid of $5,000, according to its posting. Currently with no bids, the auction is set to close at noon June 3.
“Dinkel’s Bakery, 3329 N. Lincoln Ave., closed April 30 after more than 100 years in business in Lakeview. Four generations of the Dinkel family have run the famous bakery since it opened in 1922 under Joseph and Antonie Dinkel.
“Joseph and Antonie Dinkel bought the old Hopfner’s Bakery, which later reopened after the Depression, and turned it into Dinkel’s. They moved storefronts in 1926, landing at its current building where Dutch Boy Paints were invented.
“Antonie Dinkel worked the front while Joseph Dinkel baked, and the two invented a counter-height case called the Chicago Showcase, which meant Antonie Dinkel didn’t need to bend down whenever someone ordered something, and the original unbaked frozen cheesecake.
“Long-time owner Norman Dinkel Jr., 79, said the store was closing so he could retire when he announced the closure April 5.
“Within hours of announcing the closure, fans of the bakery rushed to stock up on goods before its closure. Dinkel’s sold more than 5,000 donuts the day after announcing its closure, Dinkel said.
“When Dinkel’s opened in 1922, the city had about 7,000 bakeries because not many people had kitchens or space for making and storing baked goods, Dinkel said during an interview for ‘Historic Chicago Bakeries.'” (Wittich, Block Club Chicago, 5/23/22)
Neon Dinkel’s Sign Being Auctioned Off After Century-Old Bakery’s Closure; The vertical neon Dinkel’s sign was listed on an auction website with a starting bid of $5,000. The famous bakery closed April 30 after more than 100 years in business, Jake Wittich, Block Club Chicago, 5/23/22
Dinkel’s Bakery Is Closing After More Than 100 Years On The North Side; Four generations of the Dinkel family have run the shop. Questions about it being sold have come up before, but a closing sign was posted in the window Tuesday and the owner said he is ready to retire, Jake Wittich and
Over 5,000 Dinkel’s Doughnuts Fly Off The Shelf Wednesday Morning After Iconic Bakery Announces It Will Close; Dinkel’s may be closing April 30, but its pastries will live on for much longer as customers said they planned to fill up their freezers to make the memories last, Mack Liederman, Block Club Chicago, 4/6/22