Summer Starts Here – Chicago Reader


Midsommarfest takes place June 10-12

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and Andersonville is just one of the neighborhoods nestled on its north side. First established as a farming community in the 1850s, the commercial district we know today began as an enclave of small businesses started by Swedish immigrants who moved north to escape the ravages of the great Chicago fire in 1871.

Today, Andersonville is notable for its picturesque facades, diverse population, and preponderance of unique local businesses. Steeped in its Swedish roots and anchored by the Swedish American Museum, Andersonville has celebrated the traditional Swedish holiday of Midsommar in the form of Midsommarfest for over 55 years. Midsommarfest is Andersonville’s signature festival and one of the largest and oldest street festivals in the city of Chicago.

This year, Midsommarfest takes place June 10-12 on Clark, from Foster to Catalpa. At a special ceremony at noon on Saturday June 11 on the Swedish Stage (at Clark and Foster), wreaths of summer flowers will adorn heads as celebrants dance and sing around the pole.

Midsommarfest is a celebration of summer. It is also a celebration of the community. Join us for five music stages featuring over 50 artists and shop among 100 vendors, including local merchants and artisans.

Donations are encouraged at the gates. Spend your weekend shopping and reaping the rewards of discounted beverages at our kiosks, and know that your dollars support year-round Chamber programming and more than 10 nonprofit organizations.

New for Midsommarfest 2022 is our series of flower crown portraits featuring the unique and beautiful faces of Andersonville. When you take each picture, you may be looking at a tradesman, activist, politician, therapist, carpenter, professional, bookseller, comedian, tavern owner or altruist who brings their unique identity and adds to Andersonville culture.

As we enter mid-June, we are thrilled to hear the buzz of pride in the air from across the community. It’s hard not to feel joy walking down Clark and noticing how many LGBTQIA2+ businesses we are honored to celebrate. Andersonville has been a haven for Chicago’s LGBTQIA2+ community since the early 90s, but while it’s easy to celebrate being one of the weirdest neighborhoods in town, we also want to acknowledge that everyone doesn’t feel safe in our neighborhood.

This Pride Month (and every month), under the direction of the House DEI Committee, we continue our efforts to become an organization that recognizes our privilege and strives to be more fair to our BIPOC partners and members. We strongly believe that Andersonville should be a place where everyone can be proud of themselves and a place where everyone can safely say “gay” every day.

The Midsommarfest program

This sponsored content is paid for by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.

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