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July 27, 2014

Explore the Swedish History of Andersonville

Learn about the Swedish heritage in Andersonville with a guided tour led by the Swedish American Museum. Cost is $5 per person and includes admission to the Museum. Self-guided tour books are available at the front desk of the Museum for $1. Guided tours will start and end at the Museum on Thursday, July 31 and again on Thursday, Aug. 28 leaving at 1 p.m.

Parking Lot is Temporarily Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is continues to await further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time and apologize for any inconvenience. Metered parking is available on Clark Street or free parking can often be found on some side streets near the Museum.

July 5, 2014

Holst the Planets Concert at Grant Park

Join Museum members on the lawn before the “Holst the Planets” concert on Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m. at Pritzker Pavilion. Base player Jennifer Downing Olsson from Gothenburg, Sweden is part of the orchestra at Grant Park. Limited pavilion tickets will be available at a first come first serve basis. Call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and put your name on our list. At the event we will have some Swedish flags to show where we are sitting on the lawn. For more information about the concert click here.

Parking Lot is Temporarily Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is continues to await further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time and apologize for any inconvenience. Metered parking is available on Clark Street or free parking can often be found on some side streets near the Museum.

June 28, 2014

You Still Have a Chance–Give to the Museum Day!

Give to the Museum Day! is a special day set aside for members and friends to make online donations to the Swedish American Museum. Whether you’re having your first cup of coffee, on your lunch break or out and about using your smartphone, you can easily donate to the Museum by clicking on the PayPal button below. Our Give to the Museum Day! goal is to raise $15,000 for the Museum’s priorities and general operating support. Donations made in honor of this day help us greatly to be able to operate 7 days a week, host temporary exhibits and produce great programs year-round. If you’re not near a computer or smartphone, you can call the Museum at 773.728.8111 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and give us your donation over the phone using a credit card. Update: We have raised around $14,000 so far! We hope to hit our goal by the end of the weekend–but we still need your help. For those who have already donated, thank you for your support!


The Museum is Closed on July 4

The Museum will be closed for Independence Day on Friday, July 4. We will resume our normal hours on Saturday, July 5.

Parking Lot is Temporarily Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is continues to await further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time and apologize for any inconvenience.

June 17, 2014

Birger Sandzén Exhibit Opens Thursday

Birger Sandzén was an influential Swedish-American artist, educator and promoter of the arts. Although many of his works are in oil, Sandzén was also a talented printmaker and watercolorist. His thick, textural style of painting, with the use of strong colorful brushstrokes, has been compared to Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Join us for the opening celebration of this Swedish-born master artist’s exhibit on Thursday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This exhibit is a collaboration of the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, North Park University and the Swedish American Museum and will be on display in the Museum’s gallery through Sunday, Sept. 7.

We Need Your Help! Donate to the Water Tower Fund

As you can imagine the cost to remove the historic water tower tank from the roof of the Museum alone was great. As a symbol of Andersonville, we hope to be able to repair and renovate the water tower so it can once again return to the roof of the Museum. If that is not possible, we want to make sure that any new solution would include creating a new iconic landmark for our neighborhood that would honor Andersonville’s Swedish heritage. In order to do this we need your help! You may donate below via PayPal or by mailing or dropping off a gift directly to the Museum.


So far with help from Groupon Grassroots and our generous Museum and neighborhood family, we have raised just over $35,000 out of an estimated $150,000 needed to restore the water tower tank to the roof. We still have much further to go, but every donation helps bring this historic landmark back to its rightful place in the Andersonville skyline. Thank you for your support!

Parking Lot is Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is awaiting further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.

June 2, 2014

Andersonville Midsommarfest Kicks Off on Friday

Midsommarfest is Andersonville’s annual summer street festival, now entering its 49th year. Each year, nearly 50,000 people throng Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for two days of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, and delicious food. This year the Museum will also have beautiful reusable glass bottles generously donated by Crafthouse Cocktails for sale. Each bottle is $10, with all proceeds going to the Museum’s efforts to restore the Andersonville Water Tower to our neighborhood’s skyline.

KOVAL Distillery Tour to Benefit the Museum

KOVAL Distillery will be holding a special tour on Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m where all ticket proceeds will be donated to the Museum’s Water Tower Fund along with 10 percent of sales made that evening. The distillery is located at 5121 North Ravenswood Ave. For additional details and to reserve your spot visit koval-distillery.com/tour or reach out to KOVAL directly at 312.878.7988.

We Need Your Help! Donate to the Water Tower Fund

As you can imagine the cost to remove the historic water tower tank from the roof of the Museum alone was great. As a symbol of Andersonville, we hope to be able to repair and renovate the water tower so it can once again return to the roof of the Museum. If that is not possible, we want to make sure that any new solution would include creating a new iconic landmark for our neighborhood that would honor Andersonville’s Swedish heritage. In order to do this we need your help! You may donate below via PayPal or by mailing or dropping off a gift directly to the Museum.


So far with help from Groupon Grassroots and our generous Museum and neighborhood family, we have raised just over $30,000 out of an estimated $150,000 needed to restore the water tower tank to the roof. We still have much further to go, but every donation helps bring this historic landmark back to its rightful place in the Andersonville skyline. Thank you for your support!

Parking Lot is Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is awaiting further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.

May 27, 2014

Family Fest to Benefit the Water Tower

Join us for a day packed with fun for everyone as we raise money to restore the Andersonville water tower tank to our roof! The festivities kick-off at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 1 in our parking lot on the corner of Foster and Ashland and go to 4 p.m. There will be games from Swedish classics like Fiskdamm for little ones to Bags for bigger kids (and kids at heart) and more. You will even have a chance to get your picture taken with the iconic water tower tank!

We Need Your Help! Donate to the Water Tower Fund

As you can imagine the cost to remove the historic water tower tank from the roof of the Museum alone was great. As a symbol of Andersonville, we hope to be able to repair and renovate the water tower so it can once again return to the roof of the Museum. If that is not possible, we want to make sure that any new solution would include creating a new iconic landmark for our neighborhood that would honor Andersonville’s Swedish heritage. In order to do this we need your help! You may donate below via PayPal or by mailing or dropping off a gift directly to the Museum.


So far with help from Groupon Grassroots and our generous Museum and neighborhood family, we have raised just over $30,000 out of an estimated $150,000 needed to restore the water tower tank to the roof. We still have much further to go, but every donation helps bring this historic landmark back to its rightful place in the Andersonville skyline. Thank you for your support!

Parking Lot is Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is awaiting further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.

May 23, 2014

Museum Night Out Takes on Ibsen with Interrobang

Enjoy a night out with the Museum at the Athenaeum Theatre for a performance of Interrobang Theatre Project’s “The Doll’s House Project: Ibsen is Dead” by Calamity West. Using the promo code: SAM Musueum members and friends can reserve $15 tickets ($22 regular price) when purchasing tickets online or mention the code when ordering directly through the box office. While the promo is good for the run of the production, we hope you will attend on Friday, May 23 when the play will be followed by an optional discussion.

Swedish Styles Event Highlights Accessories

Stop by the Swedish American Museum’s Kerstin Andersson Museum Store and take in the smörgåsbord of great Swedish accessories from jewelry to scarves that we have in stock. This style event takes place on Friday, May 23, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and includes pieces from Edblad, Snö, By Billgren, Lotta, and more. Lovisa Tedestedt, the designer behind Lova Scarves, will also be on hand to give added insight into Swedish style. Light refreshments will be served; no reservations necessary. Shoppers who spend at least $25 during Swedish Styles will receive a coupon for 20 percent off their next Museum Store purchase between June 1 and Aug. 31.

We Need Your Help! Donate to the Water Tower Fund

As you can imagine the cost to remove the historic water tower tank from the roof of the Museum alone was great. As a symbol of Andersonville, we hope to be able to repair and renovate the water tower so it can once again return to the roof of the Museum. If that is not possible, we want to make sure that any new solution would include creating a new iconic landmark for our neighborhood that would honor Andersonville’s Swedish heritage. In order to do this we need your help! You may donate below via PayPal or by mailing or dropping off a gift directly to the Museum.


So far with help from Groupon Grassroots and our generous Museum and neighborhood family, we have raised just over $30,000 out of an estimated $150,000 needed to restore the water tower tank to the roof. We still have much further to go, but every donation helps bring this historic landmark back to its rightful place in the Andersonville skyline. Thank you for your support!

Parking Lot is Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is awaiting further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.

May 9, 2014

Sounds of Gothenburg at the Museum on Friday

This Friday at 7 p.m. it is a special evening at the Swedish American Museum with music by teachers and students from Svartedalsskolan, located outside of Gothenburg, Sweden.  The students will perform traditional Swedish spring songs. There will also be a brief presentation about a new musical “The Dream of a Better Life” by Roger Bodin, director of Emigranternas Hus (the House of Emigrants) in Gothenburg, followed by a performance of selections from the musical featuring American jazz artist Charles Unger. A dinner of pizza and salad will be served. Cost to attend includes dinner and is $10 per person. This event is now sold out; only those with confirmed or pre-paid reservations will be admitted! The evening concert is co-hosted with the Gothenburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and supported by the Swedish Council of America.

We Need Your Help! Donate to the Water Tower Fund

As you can imagine the cost to remove the historic water tower tank from the roof of the Museum alone was great. As a symbol of Andersonville, we hope to be able to repair and renovate the water tower so it can once again return to the roof of the Museum. If that is not possible, we want to make sure that any new solution would include creating a new iconic landmark for our neighborhood that would honor Andersonville’s Swedish heritage. In order to do this we need your help! You may donate below via PayPal or by mailing or dropping off a gift directly to the Museum.


So far with help from Groupon Grassroots and our generous Museum and neighborhood family, we have raised just over $30,000 out of an estimated $150,000 needed to restore the water tower tank to the roof. We still have much further to go, but every donation helps bring this historic landmark back to its rightful place in the Andersonville skyline. Thank you for your support!

Parking Lot is Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is awaiting further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.

April 21, 2014

Learn About the Viking Discovery of America

Intrepid Viking seafarers leapfrogged their way across the North Atlantic from the 9th century CE. Their voyages led them to settle Iceland and Greenland; and forge contacts in Canada and North America. This presentation hosted by the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Museum will be given by Dr. James Borg, Swedish-American scholar, university professor, businessman and collector of Viking antiquities. He will have some Viking and Eskimo artifacts from his extensive collection on display at this lecture. For more information on how to register and cost to attend please click here.

Get an In-Depth Look at “Dream of America” Exhibit

This fascinating guided tour of our permanent exhibit starts in the mid-1800s in Sweden and takes the visitor on a journey from Sweden to the New World, providing insights into the struggles and triumphs of Swedish immigrant life in Chicago. Cost for the tour is $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, members are free. Space is limited; reservations are recommended and can be made via email.

We Need Your Help! Donate to the Water Tower Fund

As you can imagine the cost to remove the historic water tower tank from the roof of the Museum alone was great. As a symbol of Andersonville, we hope to be able to repair and renovate the water tower so it can once again return to the roof of the Museum. If that is not possible, we want to make sure that any new solution would include creating a new iconic landmark for our neighborhood that would honor Andersonville’s Swedish heritage. In order to do this we need your help! You may donate below via PayPal or by mailing or dropping off a gift directly to the Museum.


So far with help from Groupon Grassroots and our generous Museum and neighborhood family, we have raised $30,000 out of an estimated $150,000 needed to restore the water tower tank to the roof. We still have much further to go, but every donation helps bring this historic landmark back to its rightful place in the Andersonville skyline. Thank you for your support!

Parking Lot is Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is awaiting further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.

April 18, 2014

It’s an Easter Smörgåsbord!

Celebrate Easter with your friends and family at the Swedish American Museum’s traditional Easter smörgåsbord catered by Tre Kronor. There will also be fun activities for kids including an Easter egg hunt around the Museum. This event is now sold out. Only those with confirmed reservations may attend. Glad Påsk!

Extended Brunk Hours and Special Easter Activities

Looking for something to do with the kids now that Chicago Public Schools are out? Join us for Easter-themed activities all week long at the Swedish American Museum and Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration. Kids will have fun learning about all the interesting Swedish Easter traditions from creating Easter trees with feathers to dressing up as witches! The Children’s Museum will have extended hours Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click on the daily listings in our calendar to get more details.

Museum Store is Open Friday;
Museum Closed Friday and Sunday

The Kerstin Andersson Museum Store will be open on Friday, April 18, while the rest of the Museum will be closed for Good Friday. The Museum Store and Museum will both be closed on Sunday, April 20 for Easter. The Museum is open as regularly scheduled onSaturday, April 19.

We Need Your Help! Donate to the Water Tower Fund

As you can imagine the cost to remove the historic water tower tank from the roof of the Museum alone was great. As a symbol of Andersonville, we hope to be able to repair and renovate the water tower so it can once again return to the roof of the Museum. If that is not possible, we want to make sure that any new solution would include creating a new iconic landmark for our neighborhood that would honor Andersonville’s Swedish heritage. In order to do this we need your help! You may donate below via PayPal or by mailing or dropping off a gift directly to the Museum.


So far with help from Groupon Grassroots and our generous Museum and neighborhood family, we have raised close to $30,000. We still have much further to go in order to restore the water tower tank, but every donation helps bring this historic landmark back to its rightful place in the Andersonville skyline. Thank you for your support!

Parking Lot is Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is awaiting further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.

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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