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In Chicago, brunch is a sport that ranks right up there with the Bulls, Bears and Sox teams. Discovering the perfect brunch spot is a serious thing, and the city's restaurants scramble constantly to meet all the requirements for menus, drinks and ambiance. But beyond the perfect mimosa and ultimate avocado toast (more on those brunch trends here), some diners want dishes that will satisfy their healthy appetites while also displaying culinary creativity. So for foodies searching for a well-crafted and belly-busting brunch, check out these picks for summer mornings.

No one embraces summer like a Chicagoan: sunny days call for as much outdoor time as possible, and picnics are the way to dine. Here are four picnic + park recommendations that promise to make for a memorable summer afternoon in Chicago.

Anchoring Andersonville, Chicago's historic Swedish neighborhood, on a vibrant portion of Clark Street, the Swedish American Museum celebrates the accomplishments of Swedes who came to America over the past several centuries and settled in Chicago. Andersonville itself is one of Chicago's great walking neighborhoods. Plan a trip today, and include the museum on your itinerary!
Holidays in Andersonville

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.

Hopleaf Bar in Chicago

Chicago visitors are always drawn downtown, and for good reasons: the architecture is incredible, the energy is infectious and there's something unique around every corner. But there is more to the city than Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the Willis Tower. Chicago has numerous neighborhoods to explore, all featuring their own fantastic restaurants, great shopping and unique cultural experiences. One of the best neighborhoods to explore is Andersonville. When you visit, venture out and experience Chicago like a local.

midsommarfest

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.

St. Lucia Festival of Lights December 13, 2015

Chicago holiday celebrations take on a Swedish flavor with the annual tradition Sunday, December 13 at 4:45 pm. As the sun is setting on Clark Street, a parade of white-gowned girls will march through Andersonville, starting at the Swedish American Museum at 5211 N. Clark St. The beauty and joy of this Swedish tradition should not be missed. Here are a few highlights:

Get Down in Uptown and Edgewater

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

Uptown

To the North! One visit to Chicago’s Uptown (my humble home) and Edgewater neighborhoods will have you falling in love with the North Side of Chicago. Uptown and Edgewater have long been centers of entertainment and culture, ever since their boundaries were laid out after the huge housing boom in the area at the turn of the century. Today, they retain their reputation as two of Chicago’s most fascinating and diverse neighborhoods. I’ll show you some of my favorite highlights.

Andersonville

Distinctive to Andersonville is a lack of national chains. In fact, the neighborhood's commercial district is made up almost entirely of independent, locally-owned businesses. Between its specialty bakeries, dynamic bar scene and incredible array of stylish boutiques, Andersonville is a thriving example of colorful urban living. The neighborhood is also home to some of Chicago's best antique shopping. So if you're looking for a vintage accent to replace the Matt Forte Fathead in your apartment, Make a visit to this North Side neighborhood.

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