It’s summer festival season in Chicago! If you’re not already busy checking out the Chicago Blues Festival, Andersonville is throwing a summer celebration all weekend long.
Andersonville’s annual Midsommarfest kicks off today at 5 PM until 10 PM. It also runs on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 from 11 AM until 10 PM. It is in its 54th year in 2019, making it one of Chicago’s longest running summer neighborhood street festivals.
According to the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Midsommarfest is “born out of Andersonville’s Swedish heritage.” And if you’re interested in learning more about that heritage, the Swedish American Museum – which is located on Clark Street in Andersonville – is offering free admission all weekend long.
As for the festival, it will “transport you back to the old-world Swedish traditions. Dance around the Maypole, test flavorful international food and you can experience it all without the use of a passport! Plus, family-friendly activities will allow for children of all ages to enjoy a pet parade and face painting, all while appreciating a beautiful June weekend!”
You’ll find international food, local artisans and vendors, a variety of music, and family-friendly activities. Click here for the full concert lineup.
The festival is free and open to the public, although a $10 suggested donation helps to benefit the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. The money raised helps put on events throughout the rest of the year, including Andersonville Art Weekend and holiday events.
If you’re coming from outside of the neighborhood, the best way to get to the festival is via Berwyn Station on the Red Line. The main festival entrance is at Clark and Foster. The address is 5200 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640.