Located in Edgewater on the North Side of Chicago, Andersonville is a fun-filled neighborhood that has retained much of its Old World charm. First settled by Swedes in 1845, Andersonville is still very much a Swedish immigrant community, and a visit to the Swedish American Museum is a great way to learn about its rich history and culture. Andersonville’s proximity to Lake Michigan’s beaches and a vibrant dining and shopping scene have made it a very popular area for young professionals in recent years.
For a great taste of the neighborhood, check out Midsommarfest, Andersonville's annual summer celebration of Swedish culture. A Chicago tradition for over 40 years, the two-day festival brings Swedish music, food, customs and all-around good times to the streets of Andersonville. But this area has grown beyond just being "the Swedish neighborhood" and offers a tremendous number of cultural, dining and entertainment options for people of all backgrounds. If great food and beer is what you're after, then take in the effervescence ofHopleaf, one of Chicago's first gastro-pubs. Famous for some of the best ‘moules frites’ (mussels and fries) in the city, the "Leaf" features a vast and ever-changing menu of seasonal favorites sure to delight every palate. Additionally, Hopleaf's huge list of beers - from Belgians to Bocks - is one of the most extensive anywhere in Chicago!
The delightful dive bar, Simon’s, is a great way to really get the night going after a visit to Hopleaf. You can't miss this old timer bar on Clark Street; just look for the brightly-lit "fish grasping a martini glass" neon marquee out front. Delicious Swedish pancakes and potato sausages at Ann Sather’s, a well-known brunch spot, are the perfect way to recharge after a night out and about the neighborhood. A few other noteworthy brunch spots, like M. Henryand Taste of Heaven, regularly attract long lines of hungry weekend diners, so be sure to get there early to beat the crowds!
Andersonville is also home to a large lesbian and gay community, with plenty of LGBT-friendly and owned stores and bars. From Swedish summer festivals to gastro-pubs and brunch spots, Andersonville has plenty to offer anyone interested in checking out one of Chicago's most quaint and historically-rich neighborhoods. Andersonville is easily accessible by CTA buses and just a short stroll from the Berwyn Red Line station.
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