News

February 2, 2016

“Migrating Visions” Exhibit Now Open

Duo PicThe Swedish American Museum’s new exhibit, “Migrating Visions: The Art of Karl and Indira Johnson” is now open. For those that missed meeting the artists during the opening weekend, mark your calendars for Sunday, Feb. 7 when we will host a joint program with the Indo-American Heritage Museum. At that program you can listen as the artists talk about their works with art critic Lise McKean. Enjoy dance performances with the Nordic Folk Dancers and Mandala Performing Arts. Click here to make your reservations for this special program. Football fans, don’t fret! You can attend this program and make it back home in time for the Super Bowl.

Museum Celebrates 40 Years with #OnThisDay

Week 42016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Swedish American Museum. Each day this year, we will feature a Swedish-American fact to commemorate our ‪#‎40YearsInAville‬ and the Swedish roots of our community. You can find these ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ facts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds as well as at the Museum’s front desk. Click here to see what you missed from the previous week.

Coming Soon: Buzz Aldrin Education Cart

Buzz Aldrin ExhibitThe Buzz Aldrin Education Cart will soon make its debut at the Swedish American Museum and the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration. This tech-equipped mobile exhibit will be used on a regular basis as part of our educational programming as well as during select school tours. Children’s Museum staff will teach about various topics relating to Buzz Aldrin and his exploration of the moon using components of the cart. With the cart’s ample magnetic and expandable surfaces, staff will be able to conduct lessons and experiments for both small and large groups. This complement to our Buzz Aldrin: Space Visionary exhibit was made possible through a grant from the Swedish Council of America.

January 5, 2016

Gott Nytt År! Happy New Year!

Escape the Chill with a Story & Craft

Join us on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. to learn what it was like to be a child in the past when pioneers were settling in America. We will be reading a story about pioneers and making special toys. Afterward, explore the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration on our third floor where you can visit a pioneer log cabin! It is fun for all ages. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email.

Find Swedish Products in Chicago

JamsClick here to check out a new brochure that lists where in Chicago you can find Swedish products from Kalle’s caviar to Västerbotten cheese and everything in between. Businesses listed include: Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen, IKEA, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, Paulina Meat Market, Simon’s Tavern, Svea Restaurant, Swedish American Museum, Swedish Bakery, Sweden Shop, Tre Kronor Restaurant, and Wikstrom’s.

GuideStar Gold Recognition

guidestar logoThe Swedish American Museum is proud to have been designated a Gold level Nonprofit by GuideStar. GuideStar is a 501(c)(3) public charity that collects, organizes, and reports information on nonprofit organizations via their online database. As a GuideStar Exchange Gold level Participant, we will continue to demonstrate our commitment to transparency. Click here to view our profile on GuideStar.

December 16, 2015

Holiday Hours are now in effect for the Museum. Click here to view the hours. 

Make the Museum Part of Your Holiday Giving

Card TomtarReady to help us finish strong this year? Give to the Swedish American Museum and support our work to keep Swedish traditions alive from Midsommar to Lucia and beyond here in the heart of Andersonville. Your gift helps open the door to world-class art and design and educate thousands of school children each year through exciting field trips, as well as secures a future for the only children’s museum dedicated to immigration. Donate and be part of a thriving cultural scene that includes films, lectures, concerts and food, and make sure we never forget the stories of Swedish immigrants who made Chicago home. Give today! Thanks to those who have already given. Tack!




Find Swedish Products in Chicago

JamsClick here to check out a new brochure that lists where in Chicago you can find Swedish products from Kalle’s caviar to Västerbotten cheese and everything in between. Businesses listed include: Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen, IKEA, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, Paulina Meat Market, Simon’s Tavern, Svea Restaurant, Swedish American Museum, Swedish Bakery, Sweden Shop, Tre Kronor Restaurant, and Wikstrom’s.

GuideStar Gold Recognition

guidestar logoThe Swedish American Museum is proud to have been designated a Gold level Nonprofit by GuideStar. GuideStar is a 501(c)(3) public charity that collects, organizes, and reports information on nonprofit organizations via their online database. As a GuideStar Exchange Gold level Participant, we will continue to demonstrate our commitment to transparency. Click here to view our profile on GuideStar.

December 13, 2015

Holiday Hours are now in effect for the Museum. Click here to view the hours. 

St. Lucia Lights the Way on Sunday

2015 Lucia Katie WestlundCelebrate St. Lucia Day in Andersonville. Congratulations to Katie Westlund who is our 2015 Lucia. She is representing Nordik Folk Lodge and was selected at the Daley Plaza celebration on Friday. The Lucia procession through our neighborhood will leave from the Museum at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, returning to the Museum for a concert at 5 p.m. A second concert is held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Click here to learn more about St. Lucia and the Swedish traditions associated with her.

Find Swedish Products in Chicago

JamsClick here to check out a new brochure that lists where in Chicago you can find Swedish products from Kalle’s caviar to Västerbotten cheese and everything in between. Businesses listed include: Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen, IKEA, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, Paulina Meat Market, Simon’s Tavern, Svea Restaurant, Swedish American Museum, Swedish Bakery, Sweden Shop, Tre Kronor Restaurant, and Wikstrom’s.

GuideStar Gold Recognition

guidestar logoThe Swedish American Museum is proud to have been designated a Gold level Nonprofit by GuideStar. GuideStar is a 501(c)(3) public charity that collects, organizes, and reports information on nonprofit organizations via their online database. As a GuideStar Exchange Gold level Participant, we will continue to demonstrate our commitment to transparency. Click here to view our profile on GuideStar.

December 2, 2015

Holiday Hours are now in effect for the Museum. Click here to view the hours.

Thank You to All Who #GiveSwedish

GIVESWEDISHredsmallcroppedThank you to all our supporters who made donations to the Swedish American Museum on Giving Tuesday. We are happy to be a part of a movement that encourages giving back to our communities. Know that your donations help us keep our doors open to the public seven days a week, provide insight into immigration for schoolchildren through our school tours program, share Swedish culture and history with our visitors and community and much more. Thank you! Tack!

Get in the Christmas Spirit with Julmarknad

Julmarknad13The Museum’s annual Christmas bazaar–Julmarknad–is this weekend! Join us on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and be entertained by our many performers, shop the excellent selection of Scandinavian goods available throughout the market, meet Tomten (Santa Claus) and get in the holiday mood. There will also be craft activities for kids up on the third floor outside of the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration. Can’t wait until Saturday to get a taste of Julmarknad? Come on Friday, Dec. 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to enjoy Late Night Andersonville and Julmarknad Preview. There will be select Julmarknad vendors here and you’ll enjoy a special on ornaments in the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store. Looking for Wikstrom’s foods for your Julbord? Pastoral will host a pop-up shop with Marie Wikstrom on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here to see what they plan to have for sale.

Find Swedish Products in Chicago

JamsClick here to check out a new brochure that lists where in Chicago you can find Swedish products from Kalle’s caviar to Västerbotten cheese and everything in between. Businesses listed include: Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen, IKEA, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, Paulina Meat Market, Simon’s Tavern, Svea Restaurant, Swedish American Museum, Swedish Bakery, Sweden Shop, Tre Kronor Restaurant, and Wikstrom’s.

November 30, 2015

Holiday Hours are now in effect for the Museum. Click here to view the hours.

#GiveSwedish on #GivingTuesday

GIVESWEDISHredsmallcroppedYou’ve heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday? When you #GiveSwedish to the Swedish American Museum on Dec. 1, you support field trips for hundreds of schoolchildren, lectures, cultural events and tours of our permanent exhibit “The Dream of America,” which brings the story of immigration to life. Ready to give? Click the #GiveSwedish image to make a donation through PayPal Giving Fund.

November 12, 2015

Holiday Hours 2015 are now in effect for the Swedish American Museum. Also the parking lot may be unavailable through the weekend due to needed maintenance. 

Polarn O. Pyret Online Sale is Here!PO.P_Swedish_Museum_Email

Get the best in Swedish childrenwear while helping out the Swedish American Museum! From today through Sunday, go on Polarn O. Pyret’s website and enjoy a discount on full-price items with the promo code SAMPOP. Want free shipping? Spend at least $50 and enter the code SENDITPOP.

Christmas is in the Air

TomtenThe Museum Store is all decked out for the holidays and on Saturday we hit the road to Riverwoods to participate in the second annual Chicago Estonian House Christmas Market. This international holiday market includes entertainment and food, as well as shopping opportunities. Read more about it here. Want to get in the Christmas spirit here in Andersonville, on Sunday join us for the candle-making and Christmas craft workshop. Click here for more information on that event.

Thank You to Ball Guests, Sponsors and Donors

SAM Three Crowns Ball 2015-8aOn Nov. 7 we honored North Park University’s Center for Scandinavian Studies and Dr. Charles Peterson for their contributions to the Swedish-American community and celebrated the 39th anniversary of the Swedish American Museum at our annual ball. It was a terrific evening with friends. We want to thank all who attended our gala as well as those individuals and businesses that donated to our silent and live auctions and raffle. We also would like to thank our sponsors: Ulla and Bertil Brunk, the Edith-Marie Appleton Foundation, Great Lakes Clinical Trials, Ken Norgan, Volvo Cars of North America, Anders and Donna Gustafsson, AkzoNobel, Wayne E. Nelson, Delta Airlines, SWEA Chicago and Topiarius.

November 2, 2015

Holiday Hours 2015 are now in effect for the Swedish American Museum, however the Museum will close at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 in preparation for our annual fundraising gala, the Three Crowns Ball.

Stemnocks Win Andersonville-Inspired Halloween Print in Raffle to Support the Water Tower Fund

JLangenberg Aville HalloweenOn Saturday, Oct. 31 the Swedish American Museum announced via Facebook that Jerry and Kay Stemnock won the raffle of “A Chicago Halloween – Andersonville” print by Chicago artist Justin Langenberg. All proceeds from the raffle went to the Water Tower Fund. We hope everyone had a great Halloween full of treats! Now come by the Museum and get inspired by the sights of Swedish Christmas at the Museum Store!

Friends, Food and Fun at the Three Crowns Ball

SAM Three Crowns Ball 2015-8aWe will honor the North Park University’s Center for Scandinavian Studies and Dr. Charles Peterson on Saturday, Nov. 7, at our annual dinner dance, and auction to benefit the Swedish American Museum. This year’s ball will be held at the Crystal Ballroom in Evanston. To learn more about this wonderful evening click here. Ticket sales to attend the ball are now closed but you may still purchase raffle tickets at the Museum Store through Friday. Get in on the fun of the ball even if you can’t attend and win some great prizes from a package to help you experience Chicago to a painting valued at over $2000 and more!

October 16, 2015

Find Out How to Write Your Family History

Join us on Oct. 24 for this session with Dr. Dan Hubbard, a professional genealogist, who will instruct guests on how to go about writing your family history. Dan will discuss not just the “how-to” but also the “why-do.” What’s the best way to improve your research? Want your relatives and descendants to understand your research? Be encouraged to write your ancestors’ stories and see how far it takes you! Click here to learn more.

A Portrait of Swedish-American Success in Chicago

_img016The Swedish American Museum’s special exhibit, “Appleton: Portrait of a Swedish Chicago Legacy,” looks at the Appleton family, whose patriarch emigrated from Sweden in 1885. By 1903 he had founded Appleton Electric in Chicago at a time when the electric manufacturing industry was in its infancy. Through the years, Albert Ivar and his descendants were avid collectors of art and decorative arts, and the collection remains in the family today. This exhibit features this private art collection and personal photos in order to tell the story of the Appleton family as a Swedish-American story of industrial success in Chicago.

Friends, Food and Fun at the Three Crowns Ball

SAM Three Crowns Ball 2015-8aWe will honor the North Park University’s Center for Scandinavian Studies and Dr. Charles Peterson. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at our annual dinner dance, and auction to benefit the Swedish American Museum. This year’s ball will be held at the Crystal Ballroom in Evanston. To buy your ticket to this grand event or to find out more about the evening click here. Raffle tickets are on sale now at the Museum Store. Get in on the fun of the ball even if you can’t attend and win some great prizes!

October 9, 2015

Magnus Mårtensson–Comedy in Concert

Magnus MartenssonQuite by accident, in 2003, Swedish born conductor Magnus Mårtensson turned into a piano playing comedian during a concert in New York City, in front of an enthusiastic and encouraging audience. Since then, Magnus has appeared in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, Stockholm, to name a few cities and critics have called his act both “hilarious” and “clever.” Join us on Saturday, Oct. 10 as the comedian and pianist  entertains at this stop on his “Extra Legroom for My Piano, Please!” tour. Prepaid reservations are closed; concert-only tickets will be available at the door. This concert is generously sponsored by Sherrie and Wally Magnuson.

Art Abounds at the Museum During Arts Weekend

IMG_1112 (2)It is Andersonville Arts Weekend Friday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 11. Come by to check out the Swedish American Museum’s permanent and special exhibits, as well as a collection of oil paintings by local artist and longtime Andersonville resident Carl Sandelius. For more information about Andersonville Arts Weekend click here.

A Portrait of Swedish-American Success in Chicago

_img016The Swedish American Museum’s newest exhibit, “Appleton: Portrait of a Swedish Chicago Legacy,” looks at the Appleton family, whose patriarch emigrated from Sweden. Albert Ivar Appleton came from Sweden to Chicago in 1885 and by 1903, he had founded Appleton Electric in Chicago at a time when the electric manufacturing industry was in its infancy. Through the years, Albert Ivar and his descendants were avid collectors of art and decorative arts, and the collection remains in the family today. This exhibit features this private art collection and personal photos in order to tell the story of the Appleton family as a Swedish-American story of industrial success in Chicago.

Friends, Food and Fun at the Three Crowns Ball

SAM Three Crowns Ball 2015-8aWe will honor the North Park University’s Center for Scandinavian Studies and Dr. Charles Peterson. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at our annual dinner dance, and auction to benefit the Swedish American Museum. This year’s ball will be held at the Crystal Ballroom in Evanston. To buy your ticket to this grand event or to find out more about the evening click here.

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

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  • 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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  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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