2016 Midsommarfest Food & Drink


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2016 Midsommarfest Kids’ Activities


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2016 Midsommarfest Street Closures


Street closures are never fun, but we want to make sure you are well prepared in advance of this year’s festival. Please see below for important information regarding closures around the festival’s perimeter leading up to and during Midsommarfest.



2016 Midsommarfest Music

Join us for 5 stages of bands, performers, and DJs!


North Stage @ Catalpa 5500 N. Clark Street

5:00PM DJ Dan Luna
6:00PM Hey Jimmy
8:00PM 16 Candles


North Stage @ Catalpa 5500 N. Clark Street

11:00AM Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
12:00PM Robbie Gold
2:00PM The Yacht Rockets
3:30-4:00PM Chicago Spirit Brigade
4:00PM Northside
6:00PM Stache
8:00PM Catfight

Center Stage @ Berwyn 5300 N. Clark Street

11:00AM Lisa Roti
12:00PM Distant Brothers
1:30-2:00PM Chicago Spirit Brigade
2:00-3:30PM Chi Town Soul
4:00PM Plutonians
6:00PM Run Forrest
8:00PM 7th Heaven

Summerdale Stage @ Summerdale 5350 N. Clark Street

And the Alamo Shoes Family Fun Area
11:00AM The pH Comedy Theater presents Adventure Library
12:00PM Mission Propelle: Girl Power Yoga
12:30PM Jameson Loves Danger Pet Parade and Costume Contest
1:30PM Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop
2:00PM Livewire
4:00PM The Joans
6:00PM Chicago Samba
8:00-10:00PM Nelson Street Revival

Balmoral Pride Stage @ Balmoral West of Clark St.

Sponsored by Replay/Elixir and Hamburger Mary’s/Mary’s Attic
12:00PM Lucy Smith Trio
2:30PM MaryOke Unplugged hosted by Kevin Florian
4:30PM Drag Show featuring Angel LeBare, Dida Ritz, Ruff N Stuff, Sheri Payne, and Velicity Metropolis
6:30PM Retro Dance Party with DJ Laura B
8:30PM The Hits with DJ Laura B

Swedish Stage – 5200 Clark @ Foster

Sponsored by the Swedish American Museum
11:00AM Opening Ceremony
11:30AM Maypole Dancers
12:15PM Merula
12:40PM Nordic Folk Dancers
1:00PM Chicago Swedish Dancers
2:00PM HughToo
4:00PM Lynne Jordan and the Shivers
6:00PM Irene
8:00PM ABBA Salute


North Stage @ Catalpa 5500 N. Clark Street

9:30-10:30AM Free Community Yoga Class with Yoga Tree Studio
11:00AM Lakeside Pride Strayhorns Jazz Combo
12:00PM Al Rose
2:00PM Derek Fawcett
3:30-4:00PM Chicago Spirit Brigade
4:00PM Thank you Ma’am
6:00PM Rod Tuff Curls
8:00PM 16 Candles

Center Stage @ Berwyn 5300 N. Clark Street

11:00AM-1:00PM Deliverance Singers – Gospel Brunch
1:00-1:30PM Chicago Spirit Brigade
1:30-2:15PM Bron Don
2:30-3:30PM Bric-a-Brac
4:00PM Frisky Taylor
6:00PM Boy Band Night
8:00PM Too White Crew

Summerdale Stage @ Summerdale 5350 N. Clark Street

And the Alamo Shoes Family Fun Area
11:00AM The pH Comedy Theater presents Adventure Library
12:00PM Andersonville Suzuki Academy
1:00PM Dr. Cool & Pride
2:00PM Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop
2:30PM Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center Agility and Training Demo
3:30PM Mission Propelle: Girl Power Yoga
4:00PM Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats
6:00PM Part-Time Lovers
8:00-10:00PM Aphrodisiacs

Balmoral Pride Stage @ Balmoral West of Clark St.

Sponsored by Replay/Elixir and Hamburger Mary’s/Mary’s Attic
12:00PM Mister E. Machine
2:00PM MaryOke Unplugged hosted by Kevin Florian and Apple Brown Betty
4:00PM Tea Dance with DJ Moose and the Funday Dancers
8:00PM “Let’s Go Crazy” Prince Dance Party

Swedish Stage – 5200 Clark @ Foster

Sponsored by the Swedish American Museum
11:00AM Nordland Band
12:00PM Peter Nordberg
2:00PM Hodie Snitch
4:00PM New Invaders
6:00PM Cowboy JukeBox
8:00PM Mama Digdown’s Brass Band

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Andersonville!


Acre – Sunday Brunch featuring $6 mimosas & bloody marys from 11am – 3pm and dinner from 3pm featuring $1.50 oysters on May 8.
Andies – Come join us this special Mother’s Day for a Grand Mediterranean Champagne Brunch Buffet. 11:00-8:00pm on May 8.
Anteprima – $29 build-your-own three-course fixed price menu. Lunch 11am – 2:30pm, Dinner from 4pm – 8pm on May 8.
Appellation – Honor mom with a fun and elegant Sunday Brunch or a lazy afternoon of tea, sandwiches, sweets, tartlets, scones with lemon curd, artisan beverages and other savory bites on Sunday, May 8 until 5pm – (prix fixe menu – $35 per person).
Cantina 1910 – Two of Chef Andrew’s amazing mini conchas, one chocolate and one cherry, complimentary with brunch for all mothers. 8am-3pm on May 8.
Fireside Restaurant & Lounge – Brunch Buffet: $22.95 for Adults, $9.95 for kids. enjoy offerings such as Filet Mignon Eggs Benedict, Prime Rib, Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, Banana Nut Bread French Toast, and more on May 8.
George’s Ice Cream and Sweets – $1, $2, and $3 scoops in celebration of George’s Anniversary on Saturday, May 7.
Hamburger Mary’s – “Dining with the Divas” Mother’s Day Brunch. $3 Mimosas and $15 Carafes on May 8.
Kanela Breakfast Club – Free loukoumades (greek honey donuts) for moms; Mother’s Day Brunch specials include avocado toast & crunchy french toast on May 8.
Más alla del Sol – Brunch from 10am – 2pm. Mariachi Band from 5pm – 7pm on May 8.
Pork Shoppe – $6 Mimosas on May 8.
Replay Andersonville – Mother’s Day Brunch, King Salmon: Asian cucumber salad, balsamic reduction and pomegranate gastrique. Cabernet Poached Pear Salad: Spring mix, Cherry Tomatoes, Blue Cheese, and Cranberries. And mom gets a yellow rose! 10am-3pm on May 8.
Reza’s Restaurant – $24.95 Buffet from 11am – 8pm on May 8.

Cassona – 10% off purchase up to $999, 15% off purchase $1000 or more. All weekend through May 8.
Foursided – Serving lemonade and cookies. All day on May 8
Milk Handmade – 4th Anniversary Party. Saturday, May 7, 5-8pm
Notice – Cherry Almond and Cocoa Bean Candles: Buy 1, Get 1 Free; Select Book Totes 30% off; Free Gift Wrap. Saturday, May 7 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, May 8 from 10am-5pm.
Presence – 15% off all Jewelry. All weekend.
Sparkles Fine Jewelry – Up to 70% off Dozens of pieces of Jewelry! All weekend.
Swedish American Museum – 25% off all necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8. All day.
The T-Shirt Deli – 20% off for moms of kids & critters on May 8.

Dr. Sims Dentistry – Teeth Whitening Deals. Click here for flyer.
Dustbunny Solutions – 50$ off 1st-time clean. Mention Mother’s Day & book in May.
Galter LifeCenter – $10 off a 60 or 90 minute massage or Watsu session. Offer valid May 1 – 8.
Goode Plumbing – $25.00 off of all service calls scheduled Mother’s Day Week. May 8 – 14. ALL DAY. Includes jobs called in May 8-14 and scheduled within the month of May.
Kru Strength + Fitness – 25% off 1-month membership. Book May 8 from 8am-5pm.
Orange Shoe Personal Fitness – Andersonville – $30 In-Home/In-Park Personal Training. Call Owner (Ted) Directly To Purchase for mom: 860-877-0541.

Second Annual Andersonville Flower Show

All Things Spring! – April 16 & 17

Flower Show Facebook

Clark Street dresses in its finest spring attire this April 16 and 17, as participating home and design businesses deck their shops and windows with all things spring, featuring items in garden, patio, vintage, and more!

Founded by the owners of Mercantile M, Mark McKee and Shearm Trombley, the Andersonville Flower Show was conceived to unite the home and design businesses along Clark Street, as Andersonville continues to position itself as a destination for home interior shopping.

“Come down to see why we get so excited about this event,” said Sherman Trombley, Flower Show co-founder of Mercantile M. “Everyone is full of energy and excited for the spring season to start.  It’s quite infectious!”

Participating businesses include:

Andersonville Antiques

We will be selling succulents loose and in containers, and flowers in a variety of containers. 20% off all wall art on the first floor.  This is our first year participating and we are excited about this event and sharing it with other vendors on Clark St.


Good Deal Garage

Mercantile M
We will display vintage garden furniture, planters, wrought iron and architectural pieces, along with original floral art and nautical scenes, live herb proprietaries, and vintage dresses in floral patterns.

Murray & White
Outdoor planters, vases, floral wall art, garden statuary – all at 25-40% off! We will also be filling the store with fresh cut floral arrangements!

Room Service
We are doing a floral installation in our windows, and a buy by the stem flower market. Plus, The Floral Photograph artist installation, with photography by Paul Munro.



Ya Ya’s Antiques

Check individual business websites to find additional offers during the Andersonville Flower Show weekend!


We’re Hiring: Events and Communications Intern

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce fosters a vibrant environment in which Andersonville businesses can thrive by attracting a diverse customer base; providing business support services and advocacy; and engaging in business attraction, long-range planning, and economic development.

Position Title:                        Summer Events & Communications Intern

Position Dates:                      May-August, 2016 (flexible start date)

Essential Functions:

Assists in the implementation of events, communications, and marketing initiatives for the Andersonville Chamber and Sustainable Community Alliance, including (but not limited to) events- or programs-related communications, mailings, website updates, social media, blog posts and maintenance, as well as assisting with the planning and management of special events and various other administrative operations of our organizations, to support the business community of Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood.

Duties and Responsibilities (may include):

  • Assists with planning and management of assorted special events including, but not limited to, Andersonville Wine Walk (5/15/16), Midsommarfest (6/10-6/12/16), Andersonville Sidewalk Sale (7/22-7/24/16), Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl (8/10/16), Andersonville City Made Fest, Andersonville Arts Weekend, and Andersonville Dessert Crawl.
  • Creates event or program-related emails.
  • Manages and updates email lists and website(s), including the online event listings and ticketing platforms.
  • Assists with member business sign-up for programs, sponsorships, and advertising.
  • Creates event-related blog posts for the andersonville.org blog.
  • Tracks and maintains database of print and online articles mentioning Andersonville.
  • Assists with the creation and implementation of event marketing plans; including social media posts, blog outreach, concierge outreach, online and print advertising, media partnerships, and more.
  • Assists with the creation and distribution of press releases for events and programs.
  • Provides information about Andersonville to potential visitors.
  • Maintains physical archive of print pieces from Chamber events and other promotional materials.
  • Maintains and organizes electronic photo archive of Chamber events and other Andersonville photographs.
  • Provides general administrative support for the Chamber office, including (but not limited to) mailings, filing, written and verbal communication to members, assorted errands, and neighborhood deliveries.


  • Demonstrably strong written and verbal communication, organizational, and people skills.
  • High level of self-motivation, ability to work in low-structure environment, and multi-tasking.
  • Willingness to learn and take on new tasks.
  • Computer and web literacy, with competencies in Microsoft Office software and basic desktop publishing/layout skills (to create simple newsletters, flyers, etc.).
  • Familiar with social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Some knowledge of html, web design, photoshop, and design software a plus, but not required.
  • Desire to gain hands-on experience in event planning and execution, marketing, project management, or communications in an economic development environment.

Reports to:                Director of Events, Director of Marketing, and Office Manager

How to apply:            Please send resume, cover letter, and ideal start and end dates by April 30, 2016 to: Andersonville Chamber of Commerce: info@andersonville.org.  Please use the subject line: Intern Application – [Your Name]

NO phone calls, please. For more information about the organizations and our events, please visit www.andersonville.org

Due to our small team, we will be unable to send confirmation that we have received applications. Please assume that we have received your application. We thank you for your interest and will contact you if we would like further information.

Andersonville Neighborhood-Wide Flash Sale on April 9

Flash Sale (3)

Andersonville announces a neighborhood-wide FLASH SALE, happening this Saturday, April 9. These one-day-only sales are not to miss!

Participating Businesses Include:

6Buttons Productions | 30% off all services | All Weekend

Acre & Ombra | $1 Oysters | 3-5pm

Andersonville Kitchen & Bath PLUS | 30% off Select Houswares | 11am-3pm

AKIRA | BOGO 50% off | All Day

AlleyCat Comics | Buy 3 get 1 Free – excludes newsstand comic books | 11am-8pm

Andersonville Galleria (various shops) | Sales dependent upon vendor | All Day

Borderline Music | 20% off all Used Vinyl | 11am-8pm

BRIMFIELD | 20-30% off storewide | All Day

Candyality | Free Retro Treat Bag w/any $10 or more purchase | 11am-8pm

Cassona Home Furnishings and Accessories | We’ll pay the sales tax for you on any regularly-priced merchandise in stock or on special order. | Noon-5pm

City Olive | 30% of Select Extra Virgin Olive Oils in store only | 11am-5pm

early to bed | 10% off all in-store purchases | Noon-8pm

Foursided | Mini sidewalk sale of 50% or more. Picture frames marked down to a few dollars. Vintage Book Sale. | 10am-7pm

GreenSky | Dessert sauce tasting: Evanston made dessert sauce – Grown Up Kids Stuff & 10% off GUKS sauce products purchased during the event | 2-4pm

Jameson Loves Danger | 50% off all winter apparel | 9am-5pm

Jerry’s Sandwiches | 10% discount with mention of Flash Sale | 3-5pm

Konak Pizza and Grill | One free drink with lunch | Lunch Only

Kopi Cafe | Extra 30% off sale items | 9am-6pm

Marguerite Gardens | 25% off store merchandise – excluding flowers | 10am-5pm

Mercantile M | Sale on Select Items Throughout the Shop | 11am-7pm

Milk Handmade | Entire sale rack by one get one half off | 11am-6pm

Murray & White | 25% OFF all home fragrance – Candles, Porcelain Diffusers, Room Sprays, Bath Soaps. 40% OFF Mirrors, Clocks, Select Wall Art. | 11am-7pm

Norcross and Scott Home | 30% off upholstered headboards | 11am-6pm

Notice | 20% Off New Women’s Apparel and Sale Clothing is now up to 70% off! | 10am-6pm

Painted Light Photography + Framing Gallery | 30% off the frame moulding when you bring in a project for custom framing | 11am-5pm

Pastoral | Free Baguette with retail purchase of $20 or more | 11am-8pm

Presence | Deep discounts | All Day

Room Service Chicago | Take 40% off “Red Tagged” Furniture…Yes, even the great pieces you’ve been eyeing! Our biggest, baddest deal EVER! | 11am-7pm

Sir Spa | 10% Off All Retail Products | 10am-8pm

SPARKLES FINE JEWELRY | 20% off all sterling silver pieces and 30% off men’s bracelets | 11am-5pm

Swedish American Museum (Kerstin Andersson Museum Store) | 20% off all coffee mugs and Swedish coffee | 11am-4pm

The Coffee Studio | 40% off Pantone Universe Travel Mugs | Noon-9pm

The Runner’s Edge | Select shoes $39 or less | All Day

The Wooden Spoon | 30% off non-sale knives | Noon-2pm

Windy Knitty | 30% – 50% off select merchandise | 10am-5pm

Women & Children First | In honor of National Poetry Month, our ENTIRE poetry section is 15% off! | All Day

Andersonville Localism Summit

A community meeting about the future of Andersonville and its businesses

Thursday, February 18, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Light refreshments at 6:30PM
Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street


Dozens of studies and examples from around the globe show that communities filled mostly with locally owned, independent businesses have greater community wealth, are more economically stable, have better levels of community engagement, score higher on happiness indexes, are more environmentally sustainable, and have a stronger sense of community identity and pride. Andersonville was an early adopter of Localist principles and is renowned as a model for other communities.

Join us for an engaging discussion about how and why Andersonville “went local” and how Andersonville can stay vibrant into the future. Our speakers will include outgoing Andersonville Chamber and Development Corporation Executive Director Ellen Shepard, the creator of Andersonville’s Localist strategies. We’re thrilled to be joined by another Localism pioneer, Elissa Hillary, Executive Director of Local First of West Michigan.

Small MartFirst thirty attendees receive a free copy of Michael Shuman’s book The Small-Mart Revolution!

The event is free but seats are limited. Please RSVP to rburs@andersonville.org

A Sustainable 2015 – Highlighting Local Businesses

The New Year is a time for celebration and inspiration – celebrating the successes of the past year and identifying what inspires us to set goals for the year ahead. As we enter 2016, we’d like to take a moment to appreciate our neighborhood businesses that did something sustainable in 2015. They inspire us with their dedication to neighborhood sustainability, and proving that you CAN save money and help the planet at the same time. All of them have done something great for the environment that will also help their bottom line, so join us in celebrating (and taking inspiration from) these local Andersonville shops!

Andersonville’s Green Building Incentive Program – 2015 recipients

These local businesses all took advantage of rebates available in 2015 through the ComEd Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program & Andersonville’s own Green Building Incentive Program to retrofit their shops with energy-efficient lighting. Between the two programs, these businesses saved 90% off the cost of lighting retrofits and project to payback their initial investment within 4 months! We also expect the electricity demand for lighting to go down in these shops by more than 80%, which is great for the environment!

GreenSky - logo

One of the most sustainable stores in Andersonville is GreenSky, at the corner of Ashland and Balmoral. They were not only one of the first businesses to attain eco-Andersonville’s Sustainable Business Certification, they are a member of Local First Chicago and the first business in Andersonville certified by Green America. Their October LED lighting retrofit will help them go even further in promoting themselves as a sustainable business. Go GreenSky!

GreenSky - photo (exterior)



Notice - logo

The motto of Notice is “Life is short, get Noticed.” This gem at the corner of Clark & Winnemac carries a thoughtfully curated selection of adorable baby gifts, unique accessories, personal care items and fashion-forward women’s apparel.  From a dress for the party to “Beer Soap,” Notice strives to be the neighborhood shopping destination for their customers’ special occasions and gift needs. In November, Notice replaced more than 100 of their ceiling-track halogen lights with energy-efficient LED’s. These new lights project to reduce the amount of electricity needed to light the shop by almost 75%!

Notice - photo (interior)



City Olive - logo

If you want fine olive oils, vinegars, or specialty foods, City Olive is the boutique store for you. Located at 5644 N. Clark, this shop has been called one of the “The Most Stunning EVOO [Extra Virgin Olive Oil] Stores in the World” by Mercacei Magazine. In December, the shop replaced dozens of light fixtures and two EXIT signs, projecting to reduce energy demand for lighting more than 85%! So come for the lighting, stay for the olive oil…

City Olive - photo



Middle East Bakery - logo

Middle East Bakery & Grocery has been a staple of Andersonville for 35 years at the corner of Clark & Foster. Honored each of the last 5 years with a Talk of The Town Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction, they completed a lighting retrofit of the existing bakery and grocery in November. The old fluorescent lighting in the ceilings was replaced with energy-efficient LED lights, and their buildout of the old Icosium Kafé space also includes new energy-efficient lighting.

Middle East Bakery - photo (interior)Middle East Bakery - photo (pitas)


Mr & Mrs Digz - logo

A unique boutique indeed! Currently featuring over 50 local designers, it’s no wonder why Mr & Mrs. Digz was given CBS’ “Best Of” award. Located at 5668 N. Clark, you can be sure to find high-end designer resale at NOT the designer price.  The store’s lighting retrofit in October changed out more than 50 fixtures for energy-efficient LEDs and projects to save more than 80% off electricity for lighting the shop.  Mr & Mrs. Digz will be relocating in February to the historic Deagan building in the Ravenswood neighborhood (1770 W. Berteau, Suite 205). We wish owner Emilia Dlugolecka all the best and thank her for operating her business in Andersonville since 2009.

Mr & Mrs Digz - photo (interior)



Past Green Building Improvements

We also took some time to check in with a few businesses that have completed sustainable upgrades in the past to see how these changes have continued to benefit their business and the environment.

Cassona - logo

Cassona at 5241 N. Clark offers furniture that is urban, unique, eclectic, and affordable. They were also one of the first businesses to take advantage of Andersonville’s Green Building Incentive Program back in 2011.  Their energy-efficient lighting retrofit has helped them save more than $900 annually, and has offset more than 35,000 kilowatt-hours in the last 5 years.  That’s more than 25 tons of greenhouse gases diverted from the atmosphere because of Cassona!

Cassona - photo (exterior)



Presence - logo

Located in the heart of the Andersonville commercial district at 5216 N. Clark, Presence offers clothing, jewelry, accessories, and fun! They retrofitted the store with more energy-efficient fluorescent lighting in January through ComEd’s Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program. Combined with other energy-efficiency measures, since 2013 the electric usage of the store is down by 1/3. Put another way – they are averaging a ton of CO2 pollution averted every month!

Presence - photo (exterior)



In Fine Spirits - logo

If you love stores with a huge range of wine, beer, and spirits, then In Fine Spirits at 5418 N. Clark is the store for you. Last winter, they replaced their old, inefficient storefront windows with e-tempered glass and received a Green Building Incentive Program rebate to help offset some of the cost. The new windows should help lower gas (heat) demand in the winter, and electric (A/C) demand in the summer.

In Fine Spirits - photo (exterior)



Milk - logo black

Milk Handmade has a perfect 5-star rating on Yelp. One minute inside the store and you’ll see why. This women’s clothing boutique at 5137 N. Clark specializes in one-of-a-kind, high-quality, handcrafted goods, and the owner Hallie Borden is fantastic at helping pick out gifts. Milk Handmade is a previous Green Building Incentive Program recipient and updated to LED lighting in 2014.

Milk - photo (interior)