Don’t let its size fool you! Andersonville may be a small neighborhood on Chicago's far North Side but it is one of the most happening places. Time Out recently named Andersonville the second coolest neighborhood in the world! It is best known for its lively Clark Street corridor, its diverse LGBTQ+ community, and Swedish shops & eateries.
Started as a village of Swedish immigrants 200 years ago, Andersonville has once had the largest population of Swedes outside of Stockholm! Though the Swede life is a little harder to come by in Chicago these days, a small but dedicated bastion of Scandinavian history and culture still stands in the Andersonville neighborhood. Just look for the water tower emblazoned with the iconic yellow and blue Swedish flag. The Swedish American Museum celebrates this neighborhood’s heritage year-round and holds annual events like the Andersonville Midsommarfest and the St. Lucia Festival of Lights.
There is nothing ordinary about Andersonville. Its famed retail corridor does not offer big box stores or national brands. What you will see is a collection of eclectic boutiques, charming antique shops, and resellers, Women & Children First - one of the largest feminist bookstores in the US, and J.B.’s Deli – self-proclaimed as “one of a few Jewish delis” located inside – you’d never guess – is a pharmacy! The list of restaurants, bars, and shopping is endless. In Spring you can walk down to Andersonville’s Farmer’s Market and shop for fresh produce, artisanal treats, or pick up a pie from First Slice. Save the date for The Taste of Andersonville, traditionally held in August. Andersonville is a community that supports each other. The chamber of commerce puts on numerous events throughout the year geared towards helping the community thrive.
For more tips, tune in to our Instagram page. Our agent and Aville resident Russell Senser will take you to some of his favorite spots in Andersonville. See you there! Tack! (That is, Thank You in Swedish.)
Written By: Katie Andrews
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