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June 28, 2015

Give to the Museum!

Thank you to all who participated in our Give to the Museum Day!. Together we raised $13,000.

The Museum will be closed on Saturday, July 4

We wish everyone and Happy 4th of July celebration and the Museum will be closed. We are open regular hours on Friday, July 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., including the store and Sunday, July 5, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Midsommar Celebrations

It’s been great to celebrate Midsommar in Chicago, Rockford, and Geneva this year. The Museum took some of our items from the store on the road and had a wonderful time working with Swedish Historical Society in Rockford and be part of Sweden Väst in Geneva. Hope to be back next year.

June 27, 2015

Give to the Museum!

Thank you to all who participated yesterday! We raised almost $12,500 on Friday, June 26 for Give to the Museum Day!
We would like to reach our goal of $15,000 and will keep the donation links open on Saturday, June 27. You can make an online donation in honor of the Swedish American Museum’s 39th anniversary. Whether you’re having your first cup of coffee, on your lunch break at work, or out and about using your smart phone, you can easily donate to the Museum. To support us click here!

The Museum will be closed on Saturday, July 4

We wish everyone and Happy 4th of July celebration and the Museum will be closed. We are open regular hours on Friday, July 3 and Sunday, July 5.

June 22, 2015

Give to the Museum Day! on June 26

Give to the Museum Day! is fast approaching. On Friday, June 26, you’ll have an opportunity to make an online donation in honor of the Swedish American Museum’s 39th anniversary. Whether you’re having your first cup of coffee, on your lunch break at work, or out and about using your smart phone, you can easily donate to the Museum. To support us click here!

Immanuel Gospel from Sweden in Concert

Immanuel Gospel from Stockholm, one of Sweden’s most popular gospel choirs, is performing at the Museum this Friday at a concert that kicks off at 7 p.m. Since its inception in 1991, the choir has toured in South Africa, Israel, and several times returned to the United States where they have collaborated with the Grammy-winning and Chicago-based gospel music guru Calvin Bridges. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

June 18, 2015

FREE Jenny Lind Concert on Sunday

It’s FREE music and fun for all–families and music enthusiasts alike–on Sunday, June 21 at 5 p.m. Join us as the Royal Swedish Academy of Music 2015 “Jenny Lind” winner, soprano Sara Swietlicki, performs with musician Markus Kvint. Read more here.

“Chicago’s Families” Exhibit Opens at the Museum

Chicago’s Families is a multi-sited, collaborative exhibition created by members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance that explores what it means to be family in Chicago. The Swedish American Museum is hosting one of the six anchor exhibition sites, which it is co-curating with the Japanese American Service Committee, the National Public Housing Museum and the University of Illinois Center for Gender and Sexuality. Join us on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. as we welcome “Chicago’s Families: Finding Home” to our gallery.

June 1, 2015

ELSA AND ME Brings Functional Fashion to Chicago

On Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. come to the Swedish American Museum and check out the latest from Swedish fashion entrepreneur Maja Svensson and her ELSA AND ME made-to-fit dresses that seamlessly go from work to cocktail. Come for the opportunity to try on a dress or get fitted for custom size, enjoy socializing with friends and listen to Maja sharing her journey from the corporate world to life as a full time entrepreneur. Guests at this program will enjoy a 15 percent discount on all ELSA AND ME orders made that evening.

May 18, 2015

The Museum will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.

Giordano’s Supports the Water Tower Fund

At the ribbon cutting for the new Andersonville outpost of Giordano’s, the Swedish American Museum received a generous contribution for the Water Tower Fund. Giordano’s CEO Yorgo Koutsogiorgas presented Museum Executive Director Karin Moen Abercrombie with a check for $5000 that includes proceeds from a sneak preview event, as well as a matching gift by the famed Chicago pizza company. The company also honored the neighborhood landmark by including a depiction of the Andersonville Water Tower on one wall of the newly-opened restaurant. Thank you, Giordano’s–and welcome to the neighborhood!

Genealogy Session Explores Pullman Records

At our next genealogy session  on Saturday, May 23 Shirley Koelling and Judy Baouab will present about the information that can be found via the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society Library and Pullman employee records. If you are a budding genealogist this is a great event to check out! Read more here.

May 3, 2015

Giordano’s Supports the Water Tower Fund

At the ribbon cutting for the new Andersonville outpost of Giordano’s, the Swedish American Museum received a generous contribution for the Water Tower Fund. Giordano’s CEO Yorgo Koutsogiorgas presented Museum Executive Director Karin Moen Abercrombie with a check for $5000 that includes proceeds from a sneak preview event, as well as a matching gift by the famed Chicago pizza company. The company also honored the neighborhood landmark by including a depiction of the Andersonville Water Tower on one wall of the newly-opened restaurant. Thank you, Giordano’s–and welcome to the neighborhood!

Advanced Screening: “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out…”

Join us on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. for a FREE advanced screening of the award-winning Swedish film “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” starring Robert Gustafsson and directed by Felix Herngren. See it before the film’s theatrical release in Chicago with the Music Box Theatre. Reserve your spot via email.

April 29, 2015

Giordano’s Supports the Water Tower Fund

At the ribbon cutting for the new Andersonville outpost of Giordano’s, the Swedish American Museum received a generous contribution for the Water Tower Fund. Giordano’s CEO Yorgo Koutsogiorgas presented Museum Executive Director Karin Moen Abercrombie with a check for $5000 that includes proceeds from a sneak preview event held last week, as well as a matching gift by the famed Chicago pizza company. The company also honored the neighborhood landmark by including a depiction of the Andersonville Water Tower on one wall of the newly-opened restaurant. Thank you, Giordano’s–and welcome to the neighborhood!

Music at the Museum

Spring has arrived in Chicago and with the flowers comes May…music! This Sunday, May 3 join us at 4 p.m. as we co-host along with North Park University the Sámi group Ulda. The group will be performing modern music based on traditional Sámi chants called yoik. The following week on Saturday, May 9 at 5 p.m. the Chicago-based Swedish choir Merula will have their annual concert where they will “Sing into Spring.”

April 17, 2015

Photo Restoration in Four Easy Steps

Join the Nordic Family Genealogy Center as we host Eric Basir, who will discuss photo restoration. Scan, restore and print a photo like the pros from beginning to end. This is a fast and fun session would new and experienced genealogists alike. Guests are encouraged to bring photos for this demonstration. Click here to read more.

Runes, Twitter and the Vikings

What are runes, these most enigmatic of characters? Even the word rune itself is claimed to mean ‘mystery.’ Enter the world of runic inscriptions with its lively Pagans and pious Christians. Learn about law makers, warriors, trade correspondence, death poems, cryptograms, and autocrats with Henrik Williams, professor of Scandinavian Language at Uppsala University. And above all, find out what the Vikings have to say on their mighty rune stones. Click here to read more and to reserve your spot at the lecture.

April 11, 2015

Museum Executive Director Receives Honor

Congratulations to our fearless leader Karin Moen Abercrombie, who won the Mathiasson Community Service Award at the Andersonville Honors Gala held on April 9. The Mathiasson Community Service Award, established to honor Kurt Mathaisson who was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Andersonville,” is an award the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce bestows on an individual who most exemplifies Mathiasson’s devotion and commitment to the ongoing vitality of the Andersonville community. All of us who work and volunteer alongside Karin can attest that it is a well-deserved honor.

Come to the Museum’s Annual Meeting

All are welcome—members and non-members—to attend this celebration of the Museum’s achievements and activities from the past year and the Swedish American Museum’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, April 14. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the annual meeting follows at 7:30 p.m. To make your pre-paid reservations click here.

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  • 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.

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

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  • Chicago, IL 60640

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