One of Chicago’s most legendary street festivals and Andersonville’s quintessential yearly celebration, Andersonville Midsommarfest, returns for its 53rd year this weekend.
Midsommarfest takes place along Clark Street between Foster and Catalpa for two days and three nights of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region sell their wares to passersby, local shops and restaurants welcome the warm season with specials and sales, and dance troupes, DJs, and longtime favorite bands keep the party going.
While there’s multiple stages and activities for all ages to enjoy, this traditionally Swedish neighborhood is anchored by the Swedish American Museum whose Swedish Stage at Foster and Clark will transport you back to the old-world Swedish traditions. With an exciting lineup of talent ranging from Maypole dancers to an ABBA tribute band, the Swedish Stage is open on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10. The museum will also be offering free admission all weekend long and 100 percent of the proceeds from all beer sales at the Swedish Stage beer tent benefit the non-profit museum.
The Swedish Stage’s 2018 lineup includes:
Saturday, June 9
- 11 a.m.: Event kick-off and Maypole
- 12 p.m.: Swedish Jamboree
- 2 p.m. The New Invaders
- 4 p.m.: Kashmir
- 6 p.m.: Fiona Grey
- 7 p.m.: Moose the DJ
- 8 p.m.: ABBA Salute
Sunday, June 10
- 12:30 p.m.: Live Wire
- 2 p.m.: Hugh Too
- 4 p.m.: Hodie Snitch
- 6 p.m.: Lynne Jordan & The Shivers
- 8 p.m.: American English
Between sets each day, hear from house DJ Wvrly MB.
So no matter if you’re looking to dance around the Maypole, test flavorful international food, make your own floral crown, and don the ever-popular viking hat, there’s no reason not to come out take in all this charming neighborhood has to offer.
Note: There is a suggested $10 donation at the gates (kids under 12 and seniors are free) that supports all of the innovative programming, events, and services that keep the Andersonville community vibrant.