The City of Chanhassen, Minnesota is saturated with a rich history of strength and a community bond. What was once a quiet town is now a prosperous suburb of the western Twin Cities. Chanhassen was one of the earliest settlements in Carver County, with one of the first land claims being recorded mid-1852. The town got the name Chanhassen which is the Dakota (Sioux) name meaning "the tree with sweet sap" or sugar maple tree and it was officially adopted in 1858.
The railroad slowly drew traffic through the town as it continued to grow. The town had its first mini-mall built which included the local drug store, grocery store, hardware store and a restaurant. In 1968, a man by the name of Herb Bloomberg moved his home-building business to Chanhassen and opened a lumber and hardware store, but became interested in theater, so he built what is now known as the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. Today, this theater attracts audiences of over 300,000 people.
Chanhassen has a strong sense of community as the citizens have gone through many hardships, including a treacherous tornado in 1965. As a result, this has drawn the community even closer and today, Chanhassen has 11 lakes and a beautiful 500-acre park system featuring community parks, nature preserves and many neighborhood parks.