Why we love it

Welcome to a little bit of Sweden — the eccentric bit to be exact. What we locals love about Andersonville is its artisanal flair and one-of-a-kind quirkiness. It’s also home to one of Chicago’s largest LGBTQ+ communities, and is integral to the city’s annual Pride celebrations.

Insider tips

Between its historic architecture, dynamic bar scene, and bustling main street, Andersonville is a thriving example of a charming urban neighborhood. When it comes to shopping, you’ll find Chicago’s “shop local capital,” with an array of independently owned storefronts — and a conspicuous lack of anything that remotely resembles a chain store. Stock up on everything from antiques to artisanal gifts to authentic Swedish pastries.

Along Clark Street’s restaurant strip, you can take your pick from cozy Swedish diners, craft brew emporiums, tried-and-true holes in the wall, and some of the city’s best comfort food spots. Come summer, Pride Month’s Midsommarfest celebrates Andersonville’s Swedish roots and LGBTQ+ culture. Make a flower crown or don a viking hat, taste Swedish delicacies, and rock out at the Pride stage.

Explore like a local

Visit the Swedish American Museum for December’s St. Lucia Festival of Lights. Be astounded by a bar-side magic act at the Chicago Magic Lounge. Explore the Woolly Mammoth, the ultimate cabinet of curiosities with everything from taxidermy to antique medical tools to vintage toys.

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