Annual Events

Summer

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Midsommarfest

  • First weekend in June
    • June 7-8, 2014

Midsommar is traditionally celebrated at the end of June, and it celebrates the summer solstice. Celebrate Midsummer at the Museum with traditional Swedish dancing around the Maypole and Swedish music, and then visit Andersonville’s annual street festival along Clark Street.

For more information about this year’s festivities click here.

Winter

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Julmarknad

  • First weekend in December
    • Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
    • Late Night Andersonville and Preview for selected vendors on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Julmarknad is the Museum’s annual Christmas Bazaar. Traditional Scandinavian and modern handicrafts are available for sale from various vendors, in the Museum’s main floor gallery. Click here for a list of the past vendors and click here for food items that were available for sale by Wikstrom’s. Visit the Children’s Museum for crafts, games, and a special visit from Santa.  Entertainment for the whole family is provided, with kaffestuga, Lucia processions and folk dancers. The full schedule of performances will be posted shortly before Julmarknad. Admission $2/person.

Breakfast with Tomten

  • Middle of December
    • Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at 9 a.m.

Breakfast with Tomten is a Swedish pancake breakfast with traditional crafts, dancing around the Christmas tree and a special visit from Tomten (Santa). Click here for more information. Pre-paid reservations are required.

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Lucia Celebration

  • Traditionally celebrated on Dec. 13 or the weekday prior (if date falls on a weekend).
    • 2014 –
      • Daley Plaza, Friday, Dec. 12 at 11:30 a.m.
      • Swedish American Museum and Andersonville, Friday, Dec. 12 at 4:45 p.m.
      • Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave., Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.

This is a traditional Lucia celebration with holiday songs, readings, and Lucia procession. The Swedish tradition calls for the oldest daughter of the household to serve her parents coffee and Lucia buns, while singing the Lucia song. She wears a wreath on her head with candles (or lights) and often leads a singing procession of other girls. The Museum celebrates this with the selection of the annual Lucia representative who leads the processions in Andersonville.

Julmiddag–Old Fashioned Swedish Family Christmas Dinner

  • Middle of December
    • Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, 5 p.m.

This is a traditional Swedish Smörgåsbord dinner with entertainment. Santa will be attending to give presents (julklappar) to all the children. Reservations are required. Go to our calendar, click on December and scroll down to Julmiddag to make your reservation online or call the Museum at 773.728.8111

Information

Hours

General Museum:

  • Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children's Museum:

  • Monday – Thursday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday : 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Museum Store:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location

  • 5211 N. Clark St.
  • Chicago, IL 60640

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