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Midsommarfest celebrates Chicago’s unique Andersonville neighborhood

Guests of the 49th annual Midsommarfest can enjoy live music, great food, and traditional Swedish entertainment
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For the 49th year in a row, nearly 50,000 people will flock to Andersonville on June 6th, 7th, and 8th to celebrate Midsommarfest, the neighborhood’s vibrant summer kick-off. On Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa, guests can balance some of Chicago’s favorite activities with celebrations of Swedish culture.

At the opening night celebration at 5pm on Friday, June 6th, festivalgoers can enjoy food from local restaurants, beer, and sangria. For the next two days, live music, dancing, children’s entertainment, and local vendors offer a bevy of amusement to Andersonville residents and visitors alike.

This year’s Midsommarfest will feature five stages of live music from such performers as 16 Candles, She’s Crafty (who will also perform at this year’s Chicago Women’s Funny Fest, covered by The Examiner here:, ABBA Salute, and Color Me Once. One stage is dedicated solely to traditional Swedish entertainment, such as a maypole dance, Nordic folk dancers, and the Chicago Swedish Men’s Chorus.

The Andersonville neighborhood association requests that guests donate $10 for admission into the festival on Saturday and Sunday, or a $5 donation for the opening celebration on Friday night. Kids under the age of twelve and seniors over the age of sixty-five may attend Midsommarfest for free. A portion of every donation will go to the Swedish America Museum’s Water Tower Fund to preserve Andersonville’s iconic water tower.

Midsommarfest is a great way to become more familiar with this northern neighborhood. Chicagoans should take this opportunity to stake out the Andersonville area in preparation for a number of other upcoming events in the neighborhood, including the Andersonville Sidewalk Sale from July 25th through 27th, the Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl on August 13th, and the Dessert Crawl on October 26th.

Anyone whose interest is piqued by Midsommarfest and the Andersonville neighborhood in general can visit the festival’s website at

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