It's hard to believe that at one time there were more Swedes in Chicago than in any city outside of Stockholm. Most settled in the charming North Side neighborhood of Andersonville. During the holidays, Andersonville celebrates with Swedish traditions, lovely holiday decor, late-night shopping and dining and fun, family-friendly events. Here are three December events you won't want to miss this holiday season in Andersonville.
Friday, December 2, and Late-er Night Andersonville on Friday, December 16
Over 40 area business welcome holiday shoppers with late hours (until 10 p.m.!), special savings and treats during the Late Night Andersonville extravaganza.
- Be sure to check out the Holiday Pop-Up Shop, where you'll find great gifts geared toward kids and family, at 5653 N. Clark.
- Verzênay Patisserie will also be popping up with sweet treats and baked goods through the end of December at 5420 N. Clark.
- For truly unique and locally-made gifts, Andersonville Galleria (5247 N. Clark), a gallery and boutique, will be showcasing Chicagoland-based artists' jewelry, artwork, and collectibles
- At Martha Mae: Art Supplies & Beautiful Things (5407 N. Clark) you'll find just the right gift for the creative spirit in the family.
A distinctive collection of home design and interior décor delights await at Scout (5221 N. Clark) and Murray & White (5416 N. Clark), Andersonville Antiques (5245 N. Clark) and
Brimfield'svintage finds (5219 N. Clark).
- The holidays wouldn't be complete without sweets and two delicious stops include Candyality (5225 N. Clark) where shoppers enjoy free refreshments, discounts and a stuff-a-stocking-party, or George's Ice Cream and Sweets (5306 N. Clark), where every $10 spent on hand-dipped chocolate earns one coupon for a free, junior scoop of ice cream.
Check out a complete list of holiday offers and participating businesses.
Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4
Julmarknad Festival is the annual holiday bazaar hosted at the Swedish American Museum. You'll find traditional handicrafts as well as Swedish food and entertainment. Take a moment to visit the museum's permanent exhibit, The Dream of America: Swedish Immigration to Chicago: Members of the Andersonville community shared precious family heirlooms, including passports and steamship tickets, to bring this exhibit alive.
at the Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark
Tuesday, December 13
St Lucia was a young girl who was best known for secretly bringing food to the persecuted Christians in Rome. She would wear candles on her head so she had both her hands free to carry her secreted goods to the catacombs deep under the city, where they hid. December 13th was also the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, in the old 'Julian' Calendar.
Andersonville celebrates this sweet festival with a candlelit, carol-filled procession down the sidewalks of Clark Street followed by singing and treats at the Swedish American Museum. Entrance is granted to those who either pay one dollar, or bring a new toy or fresh produce, all of which benefits Care For Real, Edgewater's food pantry.
St. Lucia Festival
Procession kicks off at 4:45 p.m. at the Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark