With such brutally cold weather, summer is an especially cherished season in Chicago, with locals grabbing any excuse to lounge in the sun. The same can be said in Sweden, where long Scandinavian winters inspire citizens to celebrate when the summer season officially starts, during the summer solstice. Andersonville's Swedish heritage is a big part of the annual Midsommarfest, which welcomes summer with a host of Swedish and Chicago traditions.
Although Sweden traditionally holds a midsummer fest June 19-25, Chicago celebrates early — June 10-12, with a big list of performers, vendors and kids activities filling Andersonville streets. There are five stages offering a variety of musical acts throughout the weekend, but don't miss the opening ceremony at the Swedish Stage on Saturday at 11 a.m. You'll see Maypole dancers, Swedish folk dancers and hear traditional Swedish songs.
Watch out for flower crown making tables, which is a popular part of the tradition and Swedish goods from the local Swedish American Museum. Also catch the Miss Andersonville pageant and the diverse line up of ethnic food vendors.
5200-5500 North Clark Street
- Friday: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
- Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Suggested donation: $10
Top photo courtesy of Andersonville Chamber of Commerce