Gift Guides 2017: Cooking with the Swedish Chef

Gift-Guide-Chef-Header“Vergoofin der flicke støøbin mit der børk-børk yubetcha !” We don’t know what that means either, but you don’t need to speak Swedish to cook like a Swede. Pie plate, Glogg cake, Growler and cheese, this Swedish Chef Gift Guide does nothing but please.

Women Children_Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Every great chef, Swedish or not, needs a little inspiration! Delight in the beautiful photos and delectable recipes from Deb Perelman’s second cookbook, Smitten Kitchen Everyday found at our very own Women & Children First Bookstore.

Pastoral Gift Guide_around the world

Nosh on Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine‘s assortment of cheese, jam and chocolate from around the globe as you prepare your next great meal.

Wooden Spoon-Swissmar Cheese Knife

And you’ll certainly be needing an excellent tool to tackle that cheese tray. Lucky for you, The Wooden Spoon‘s Swissmar cheese knife can get right to the point.

City Olive DeCarlo Olive Oil

First comes olive oil, then comes culinary perfection – plus the vibrant colors of these unique oils from City Olive will have you wondering why your kitchen hasn’t always been so cheery.

SAM-Swedish treats

What does any proper Swedish Chef need? Why all the necessary accouterments of course! Find a bevy of delightful Swedish treats to compliment any dish at the Swedish American Museum.

Andersonville Brewing-Growler

Midway through the recipe and need a break? Take a breather with a nice cool sip of locally-brewed craft beer from Andersonville’s own Andersonville Brewing.

Andersonville Kitchen and Bath Sagaform Pie Plate

A good pie plate is like a good recipe – just add a little love. This simplistic beauty can be found at Andersonville Kitchen and Bath.

In Fine Spirits Vin Glogg

Every Swedish meal (or any meal for that matter) is made better with a finishing note of Glogg, and lucky for you, In Fine Spirits has the perfect bottle.

First Slice GloggCake

And just in case the liquid form isn’t quite enough, First Slice has made a special Glogg Cake, just in time for the holidays!

Terry's Toffee_McCall's Classic Toffee

Phew – you made it! A meal prepared is a cause for celebration… and maybe a late night snack too! You can find your favorite from Terry’s Toffee, the McCall’s Classic Toffee, right down the street at Andersonville Galleria.


Please bring your gifts to our wrapping events at George’s Ice Cream and Sweets on 12/8 and 12/22 during Andersonville Late Nights. All the wrapping paper, tape and scissors will be available!

Gift Guides 2017: Unique Finds for the Hostess with the Mostess


Let’s be honest. No one likes to show up empty handed for a holiday party, but it is so hard to know what to give; flowers die and chocolate isn’t for everyone. Pick up one of these items in Andersonville on your way to your next ugly sweater party. That isn’t an ugly sweater? Sorry our bad.

Cowboys and Astronauts_Cocktail Set

After dinner drink before dinner? Don’t mind if we do with this fancy cocktail set from Cowboys and Astronauts.

Cassona_Slate Coasters

No water marks with these bad boys. Protect your wood at all cost with this set of slate coasters from cassona home furnishings and accessories. Good thing these are affordable.

Pastoral_holiday spread

Who has time to make a casserole? Savor the flavor of this Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine Holiday tray complete with cheese, chocolate & cookies.

Murray and White_Dog Pillow

Not ready for a real live man’s best friend? Find the next best thing at Murray & White. This pillow doesn’t bite either.

Wooden Spoon_Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner

Nobody likes a dirty microwave. Keep your hands clean and let The Wooden Spoon‘s Angry Mama do the work.

Milk Handmade Im-Peach-Mint Candle

Two gifts in one! This candle from Milk Handmade not only smells delicious, it benefits a great cause.


Winifred Grace_Mineral Tea Light HoldersPick up a few of these delicate ombre tea light holders from Winifred Grace to jazz up your hostess table. They can be used all year long.


In Fine Spirits Collection of bittersIn Fine Spirits has the magic hiccup cure for your holiday blitz with this collection of bitters. Don’t believe us? Google it.

Norcross and Scott bottle openers

Dentist said to stop using your teeth? Pick up one of these bottle openers from Norcross and Scott for your friends too fancy for twist-off.

Candyality_Holiday Gratitude Gift Tray

Treat your guests and show your gratitude with this red and green party sweet platter from Candyality.


Please bring your gifts to our wrapping events at George’s Ice Cream and Sweets on 12/8 and 12/22 during Andersonville Late Nights. All the wrapping paper, tape and scissors will be available!

2017 Holiday Promotions & Events at Andersonville Businesses

December 8, 15 & 22

There are over 60 businesses participating in our Andersonville Late Nights (December 8, 15 & 22)! View their promotions and events below! Business are open until at least 9PM unless otherwise noted.

Plus, don’t miss your chance to take a ride on the FREE Andersonville Holiday Trolley each Friday evening from 5-9PM. Happy exploring!

Dec 8: Buy 1 get 1 half off full price footwear
Dec 15: Buy 1 get 1 half off full price sweaters
Dec 22: Buy 1 get 1 half off full price dresses

AlleyCat Comics
Dec 8:
50% off Back Issues and $1 Comics from 7-10PM
Dec 15 & 22: 50% off Back Issues and $1 Comics from 7-10PM, plus meet at Alleycat for caroling and cookies starting at 7PM

Andersonville Antiques
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Up to 50% off specialty marked items

Andersonville Cryotherapy and Athletic Recovery Center
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Holiday 4-Pack of Whole Body Cryotherapy for $140 ($35 per session). Offer valid EVERYDAY throughout the holiday season.

Andersonville Galleria
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Celebrating the works of over 100 local artists and artisans

Andersonville Kitchen & Bath
Dec 8: 50% off “Shine” Tealight Holder by Sagaform (original price, $24.99)
Dec 15 & 22: 10% off everything and free gift wrapping

Andies | Open until 11PM:
Dec 8, 15 & 22: 15% off to customers participating in Andersonville Late Nights shopping with proof of purchase from a partnering community business.

Dec 8, 15 & 22: $8 Swedish Manhattans and complementary wine tasting. Plus, early bird catering discount of $10 off $100-$199 catering orders and $25 off catering orders more than $200. Orders must be for a future pick-up dating, starting on Tuesday, December 5.

Barrel of Monkeys
Dec 22 | 8PM: Barrel of Monkeys will perform a special addition of That’s Weird, Grandma: Holiday Stories at the Neo-Futurists, 5153 N Ashland. Tickets at

Big City Optical | Open until 7PM
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Refreshments, snacks, 50% off select sunglasses, and free gift wrapping with purchase

Butterfield Alpaca Ranch pop up shop at 5447 N Clark
Dec 8, 15 & 22 | Open Noon-9PM: 
10% off survival & outdoorsman socks, plus
purchase a scarf and get 15% off matching hat/gloves

Candyality | Open until 9PM: Enjoy sweet treat samples & find our “Holiday Gratitudes Gift Tray” for $8.99 – A sweet way to show your gratitude throughout the holiday season!

Cassona Home Furnishings and Accessories
Dec 15 & 22: 20% OFF all regular price accessories and complimentary wine serving

CBD Kratom | Open until 10PM:
Dec 8, 15 & 22: Offering a free Chronic Candy lollipop for customers 18+

City Olive
Dec 8 EVENT | 6:30-8PM: Freshly pressed olive oil from the 2017 harvest in Tuscany for tasting along with other fine Italian imports. Jingle Juice will be served!
Dec 15 EVENT | 6-8PM: Drinking hot chocolate & toffee tasting with Four Brothers Chocolate
Dec 22: Ready made gift baskets 15% off from 6-8PM. Refreshments served

The Coffee Studio
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Purchase any handcrafted cocktail at The Coffee Studio and unlock secret 15% off sale prices on coffee and tea gifts and wares

Cowboys and Astronauts
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Serving holiday beverages

Crossroads Trading | Open until 8PM: Featuring holiday merchandise for the rest of the month

Dollop Diner
Dec 8, 15 & 22: $5 cocktail special

Early to Bed | Open until 8PM:
Dec 8, 15 & 22: 
Free Gift Wrapping, Free Mini Massage Candle with $25 Purchase

First Free
Dec 8, 15 & 22 | 5-8PM:  OPEN PLAY TIME (Kids 8 and under, with an adult) Bring your kids inside from the cold for a play break in our gym! They’ll enjoy the kiddie playground equipment and craft station while you take a break (or one parent/caregiver stays behind while the other finishes holiday shopping in Andersonville!)

First Slice Pie Café
Dec 8 & 22: Say “God Jul!!” and taste the mystery behind the season Glögg Cake with a free small sample of our housemade glögg!
Dec 15: Push through the last of your holiday list fueled by a free small coffee or cocoa! And remember to get Aunt Martha her beloved Glögg Cake before they sell out

Dec 8, 15 & 22:
20% off single and boxed holiday cards and raffling off 3 holiday mystery boxes

Full Kit Gear
Dec 8, 15 & 22: Mulled cider, glögg, cookies, etc rolling holiday sales events all month

George’s Ice Cream & Sweets | Open until 11PM:
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
“Fat Elvis” Shake with sweet banana ice cream and salty peanut butter ripple rich chocolate chips. Large shake for the price of junior shake. Don’t miss Santa photos on Dec 8 from 6-8PM and FREE gift wrapping on both Dec 8 & 22 from 5-9PM!

The Guesthouse Hotel
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Free gift with purchase of every Gift Certificate sale ($100 minimum purchase required)

Gus Giordano Dance School
Dec 8 & 22:
Purchase a $25 gift certificate for only $20
Dec 15 EVENT | 5:30PM: Gus Holiday Dance Show at Senn High School – the perfect activity for all ages to get you in the mood for the holidays

Hamburger Mary’s
Dec 8, 15 & 22 | 8:30PM:
“Dining with the Divas” drag revue show.  Reservations recommended

Honey Bridal
Dec 15 EVENT | 6-9PM: Join the team at Honey for the last open house of the year, featuring:
• KOVAL Distillery liquor tasting
• Meet & Greet with the designer of Modehaus Bridal
• Sweets from Altissima Bakery
• Florals from The Bread and Butterfly
• Hair & Makeup bar with Emily Elizabeth and Kelly Bush

In Fine Spirits
Dec 8, 15 & 22 | 6-8PM: in shop wine tastings

Jerry’s | Open until 1 or 2AM:
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Discounted hot apple cider with bourbon

Kopi Cafe | Open until 11PM:
Dec 8, 15 & 22: Take an additional 30% off of any sale item in the boutique, and $5 mimosas

Lady Gregory’s | Open until 12:30AM:
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Featuring a hosted brewery or distillery during each Friday

Martha Mae: Art Supplies & Beautiful Things
Dec 8, 15 & 22: Complimentary gift wrapping with Japanese paper

Mena Tours and Travel
Dec 22:
Serving hot cocoa and cookies

Mercantile M 
Dec 8, 15 & 22: Sample holiday treats while shopping vintage finds

Milk Handmade
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Free drinks and featured artists

Murray & White
Dec 8:
15% OFF ALL Holiday Decor, Serving Caramel Rum Cider
Dec 15: 20% OFF ALL Holiday Decor, Serving Caramel Rum Cider
Dec 22: 25% OFF ALL Holiday Decor, Serving Caramel Rum Cider

Norcross and Scott
Dec 8, 15 & 22: Serving wine & prosecco

On The Rocks Gems, Jewelry, and More
Dec 8, 15 & 22: Storewide sale, refreshments, snacks, and offering wine from 7-9PM

Orange Shoe Personal Fitness
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Free Consultation

Pork ShoppeOpen until 10PM:
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Half-priced drafts from 8-10PM

Presence, Inc.
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Big store-wide discounts and cookies!

Rad Vintage | Open until 7PM
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
20-80% off all clothing

Ranalli’s of Andersonville | Open until 11PM
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
$5 Holiday Cocktail & $5 pizza slice specials

Ridman’s Coffee | Open until 6PM
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Grab a hot drink before hopping on the Andersonville Holiday Trolley – rides begin at 5PM!

Robert Jeffrey Hair Studio
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
15% off retail product (excluding holiday box sets)

Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Open until 9PM

Sidewinder Gallery | Open until 7PM
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Art exhibit “Behold the Seductive Grip of the Golden Claw!” viewing until 7PM during Andersonville Late Nights

Dec 8, 15 & 22:  
20% off all retail (Nest Candles, Jack Black Grooming Products, Glo Skin Beauty, The Art of Shaving)

Sparkles Fine Jewelry
Dec 8 & 22:
All green and red jewelry is 20% off, plus stop by to pick up a SPARKLES Coloring Contest sheet
Dec 15 EVENT: Pick a treat out of Santa’s bag for 15-50% off in-stock items during the Sparkles Holiday Party with refreshments!

Dec 15 EVENT | 5-9PM: Need a break from the kids to do some Holiday shopping? Children ages 4-12 are invited to register for Mini-Art Camp at StudioUs. Mini-Art Camp will be offered in one-hour time slots from 5-9PM for $10/hr. Need more time? You may register for a 3-hour time slot for a discounted price of $25. Limited spots available. Click here for more info

Swedish American Museum
Dec 8:
Sale on t-shirts (get your Norse t-shirt in time for the Star Wars movie!)
Dec 15: Sale on napkins, plus don’t miss photos with Santa from 6-8PM
Dec 22: Sale on 2018 calendars

Terry’s Toffee at the Andersonville Galleria
Dec 8, 15 & 22: 10% off ALL Terry’s Toffee products

Toys Et Cetera
Dec 8, 15 & 22: 10% off entire purchase (6-9PM)

Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Open until 9PM

Transit Tees
Dec 8, 15 & 22: Special deals, free gift wrapping, and complimentary Hot Mulled Cider

TrueNorth Café | Open until 6PM
Dec 8, 15 & 22:
Grab a special holiday drink before hopping on the Holiday Trolley at Bryn Mawr and Clark!

Vincent | Open until 11PM
Dec 8, 15 & 22: $5 Bubbles & Flowers Cocktail

Winifred Grace
Dec 15 EVENT: La Kaiser jewelry trunk show and in-store manicures (appointments booked ahead of time)
Dec 22: Wine and snacks

Women & Children First
Dec 8:
All boxed holiday cards and 2018 calendars on sale from 7-10PM
Dec 15: All boxed holiday cards and 2018 calendar will be on sale from 7-9PM. Plus, at 7PM enjoy a brief performance by The Pippins, a madrigal choir affiliated with the Society for Creative Anachronism
Dec 22: All boxed holiday cards and 2018 calendars on sale from 7-9PM

The Wooden Spoon|
Dec 8 & 22 | Open until 6:30PM: 
10% off all non-sale items after 6PM
Dec 15 | Open until 9PM: Prize wheel and refreshments after 6PM




Andersonville Galleria Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary!

Congratulations to the Andersonville Galleria on 10 years in Andersonville! The Andersonville Galleria currently stocks 103 vendors with 12 that have been stationed their since day one. The Andersonville Galleria staff would say the best thing about their business is that they not only support local and handmade, but they are an incubator for artists to transition their artistic visions into viable small business. The Galleria is a firsthand experience to see how shopping local and shopping small really does make a difference, not only to the artist but to the community.
Every purchase at the Andersonville Galleria means something to the Artists’ business. By promoting handmade and local, shoppers get to know the stories and understand the soul behind the items. Being part of a community of artists is a fun opportunity to share ideas, feel the support of like-minded people, and to grow together as vendors grow individually.
10 years of the Andersonville Galleria’s successful business model tells the story that not only it is viable, but it is an important avenue for the artist and artisan community of Chicago.
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Halloween in Andersonville


Halloween is a great time to explore our neighborhood, with lots of activities for kids and families, and adults! See below for a list of event happenings.

All Week/Fall Specials

The Coffee Studio
Coffee drinkers can delight in the new Maple Latte: handcrafted espresso and velvety steamed milk sweetened with real maple syrup and then topped with The Coffee Studio’s own maple whipped cream and sprinkled with house made maple sugar.

George’s Ice Cream and Sweets
Get into the Halloween spirit with special treats at George’s Ice Cream! Featured flavors include: Snap-O-Latern (pumpkin flavored ice cream and ginger snap cookies), Caramel Apple Pie, and Puffle “Bubble” Waffles (warmed bubble waffles wrapped around your favorite 2 scoops of ice cream)

Monday, October 23

Halloween Movie Night at Replay Andersonville
Monday, October 23 | 8:30PM
Join the crew at Replay Andersonville for a double feature! On October 23, Beetlejuice starting at 8:30PM followed by Carrie, plus free popcorn!

Thursday, October 26

Small Fish Radio Theatre presents Tales of Dread at the Swedish American Museum
Thursday, October 26 | 7:30-9PM | $10 CASH Only at the door
Free Parking in the Swedish American Museum  lot on Foster and Ashland
Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium hosts a live podcast recording of their horror show, TALES OF DREAD, featuring the writings of Marie Anderson, Evan Baughfman, Kevin Folliard, Trina Kakacek, Mark Kater, Michael John Kelly, Ryan Mullenix and Theresa Stefaniak. Live performance by Joy Thorbjornsen Coates, Cat Dean, Michael Herzovi, Mark Kater, Michael John Kelly and Sharon Phillips.

Friday, October 27

Andersonville Halloween Movie Night – Double Feature!
Friday, October 27 | 6PM-LATE | Please RSVP here
Join the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and Babes With Blades Theatre Company on October 27 for a Friday night outdoor feature in the Chiro One parking lot (5623 N Clark). The night kicks off at 6PM with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Babes With Blades Theatre Company, is a Chicago-based all-female stage combat theatre company. They will be selling traditional movie theater concession snacks. Bring a chair, and a blanket and come support this remarkable organization. Costumes are encouraged!

$1 Kids Hot Chocolate and Hot Cider
Friday, October 27 | 5PM-8PM 
The Coffee Studio will be offering $1 Kids Hot Chocolate and Hot Cider to anyone with the password “Griffindor,” in honor of the outdoor Harry Potter movie at the Chiro One parking lot.

Saturday, October 28

48th Ward Halloween Parade 
Saturday, October 28 | 10AM: The 48th Ward Halloween Parade will take a costumed stroll from Peirce Elementary School to Gethsemane Garden Center on October 28. Meet at the playground at Peirce (1423 W Bryn Mawr) beginning at 10AM and participate in dances led by Dream Big Performing Arts. The parade steps off at 11AM!

Annual Children’s Fall Festival
Saturday, October 28 | 11-4PM:  Join the folks at Gethsemane Garden Center from 11AM to 4PM on October 28 for the annual Children’s Fall Festival! For the spookiest time, attend the event in your favorite Halloween Costume. Watch Gus Giordano Dancers perform the iconic “Thriller” at 2:15pm and 2:30pm too!

Trick or Treating along Clark Street & Costume Contest
Saturday, October 28 | 1-3PM: AlleyCat Comics is heading up Treat-or-Treating for the children of Andersonville. Look for the ORANGE PUMPKIN door signs in storefronts of the neighborhood to find participating businesses. There will also be a costume contest that will be judged by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce staff at AlleyCat – please check in from 12:30-3PM and the costume winner will be announced at 3:30PM.

Replay Andersonville
Saturday, October 28
Stop by Replay Andersonville on Saturday for their Halloween party featuring games, costumes, food and drink specials!

Fireside Chicago Costume Party
Saturday, October 28
Fireside will host their Annual Halloween Costume Party on Saturday night with a special Guest DJ in the bar area, a costume contest and drink specials.

Sunday, October 29

Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade and Costume Contest
Hosted by Jameson Loves Danger and Bow Wow Lounge
Sunday, October 29 | 1-4PM | Empirical Brewery
Jameson Loves Danger, Bow Wow Lounge, Empirical Brewery, and ASNA Chicago (Andersonville South Neighborhood Association) join forces for the Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade and Costume Contest on October 29. There is a $5 pet entry fee for the parade, and there will be prizes! Admission is free. All proceeds will benefit Felines & Canines.

The Final Andersonville Dessert Crawl
Sunday, October 29 | 2-5PM
It’s trick-or-treating for adults with a gourmet flair! Choose between two routes, each featuring host destinations with delectable goodies. Children and teens are welcome. IDs will be checked at any alcohol tastings. Click here for details.

That’s Weird Grandma: Special Halloween & Spooky Stories
Sunday, October 29 | 2pm
That’s Weird, Grandma is a variety show of short sketches and songs adapted from stories written by students in Barrel of Monkeys’ arts education programs. The weekly show, now in its 17th year, runs the gamut from clever and funny to touching and poignant, and includes live music, original song-and-dance numbers, wigs and props galore, and a rotating cast of talented professional actors who celebrate the imaginations of children through this raucous performance.

A Tribute to Harry Potter at Blu 57 Seafood and Small Plates
Sunday, October 29 | 5-11PM
A magical journey through 7 courses inspired by Harry Potter. One night only at Blu 57. Call 773-944-0575 for any dining restrictions. Dressing up in encouraged. 21+

Fireside Chicago – Chicago’s Best Viewing Party
Sunday, October 29 
Fireside is featured on the upcoming special haunted episode of Chicago’s Best at 10PM on Sunday. A party with a bar DJ and costume party will immediately follow the episode.

Monday, October 30

Halloween Movie Night at Replay Andersonville
Monday, October 30 | 8:30PM
Join the crew at Replay Andersonville for a double feature! On October 30, Rocky Horror Picture Show starting at 8:30PM followed by Carrie, plus free popcorn!

Tuesday, October 31

Harvest Kidz Fest at Philadelphia Church
Tuesday, October 31 | 5-8PM
A safe and fun place with lots of games & candy! Free event. For more information email or call 773-728-5106

Trick-or-Treat at Northside Federal Savings & Loan
Tuesday, October 31 | 8:30AM-5PM
Bring your little ghosts and goblins into the bank for a treat!

Halloween Night at Bar Roma
Tuesday, October 31 | 5-10PM
Bar Roma‘s Halloween evening will begin with a happy hour from 5-6:30PM. All appetizers will be half price and glasses of rosè will be $6. Guests who arrive in costume will also receive a free dessert! At 8PM, the restaurant will host a costume contest with prizes for the top three winners. The duo with the best costumes will win dinner for two, the second place costume will win a $50 gift card and third place will receive a bottle of Italian wine. View the full DNAinfo article and menu here.

Summer Sidewalk Sale Buskers


Invited Buskers Schedule:


10:30AM-12:30PM: David Lenz, juggler | Clark/Summerdale

4-6PM: Leyla Royale, cellist | near Clark/Farragut (in front of AKIRA)

5-7PM: Jen Sherrill, ukuleleist & vocalist | Clark/Winona

5-7PM: Sarah Crowell, clarinet Clark/Olive (in front of Winifred Grace)

6-8PM: Edd Fairman, magician near Clark/Catalpa (in front of Murray & White)

6-8PM: John Lamm, acoustic guitarClark/Hollywood

7-9PM: Ponytown String Band, folk string band | Clark/Carmen


12-1PM: Peter Triolo, ukuleleist & vocalist | Clark/Farragu (in front of Farraguts)

1-3PM: Jen Sherrill, ukuleleist & vocalist | Clark/Olive (in front of Winifred Grace)

1-3PM: Michelle Billingsley, guitarist & vocalist | Clark/Berwyn

2-4PM: Edd Fairman, magician near Clark/Carmen (across from Andersonville Cryotherapy)

2-4PM:  Phil Circle, singer/songwriter | Clark/Farragut

5-7PM: Stephen Hanthorn, magician Clark/Farragut

5-7PM: Vivian Garcia, flamenco guitar | Clark/Rascher

7-9PM: Jamie Haas and Bill Carroll, guitar/vocalists | Clark/Summerdale (in front of Toys et Cetera)


11AM-1PM: David Lenz, juggler Clark/Summerdale

11AM-1PM: Michelle Billingsley, guitarist & vocalist | Clark/Winona

1-3PM: John Lamm, acoustic guitarClark/Carmen

2-4PM: Edd Fairman, magician Clark/Hollywood

3-5PM: John Greenfield, guitarist | Clark/Berwn (in front of Norcross & Scott)

5-7PM: Fred Zimmerman, mentalist | Clark/Berwyn (in front of Svea

7-8:30PM: Pullman Morris & Sword, Morris Street dancers | Clark/Berwyn

Best of Chicago Reader Nominations


How exciting that some of our local Andersonville businesses have been nominated to win a Best of Chicago award?!

Below are the categories and nominations

Best Bang for your BuckTaste of Lebanon
Vote here for Taste of Lebanon

Little Bad Wolf Burger

Little Bad Wolf Burger

Best Beer Bar- Hopleaf
Vote here for Hopleaf

Best Burger- Little Bad Wolf
Vote here for Little Bad Wolf

Best Cheesemonger- Stamper Cheese (vendor at the Andersonville Farmers Market) and Pastoral Artisan Cheese
Vote here for Stamper Cheese or Pastoral

Best Coffee Roaster- La Colombe
Vote here for La Colombe

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Best Falafel- Middle Eastern Bakery & Grocery and Taste of Lebanon
Vote here for Middle East Bakery & Grocery or Taste of Lebanon

Best Farmers Market- Andersonville
Vote here for Andersonville’s Farmers Market

Best Hot Dog- Hot “G” Dog
Vote here for Hot “G” Dog

Best Ice Cream- George’s Ice Cream
Vote here for George’s

Best Local Distillery- KOVAL Distillery
Vote here for KOVAL

Gray Farms

Gray Farms

Best Farmer- Gray Farms (vendor at our Farmers Market)
Vote here for Gray Farms

Best Local Spirit- KOVAL Distillery Susan for President
Vote here for KOVAL

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant- Taste of Lebanon & Reza’s
Vote here for Taste of Lebanon or Reza’s

Best Neighborhood Restaurant- Vincent
Vote here for Vincent

Best Soup- Taste of Lebanon
Vote here for Taste of Lebanon

Ora Sushi

Ora Sushi

Best Sushi- Ora
Vote here for Ora

Best Wine Shop- In Fine Spirits
Vote here for In Fine Spirits

Best Book Store- Women & Children First
Vote here for Women & Children First

Best Boutique for Women- Milk Handmade
Vote here for Milk

Best Card & Stationary Store- Foursided Card + Gift
Vote here for Foursided

Alleycat Comics

Alleycat Comics

Best Comic Shop- Alleycat Comics
Vote here for Alleycat

Best Doggie Day Care- Urban Pooch Training & Fitness and Urban Pooch Canine Life Center
Vote here for Urban Pooch

Best Garden Store- Gethsemane Garden Center
Vote here for Gethsemane

Best Hotel- The Guesthouse Hotel
Vote here for The Guesthouse

Best Indie Crafter- Michelle Starbuck Designs (available at Milk Handmade)
Vote here for Michelle Starbuck Designs

Best Medical Marijuanna Dispensary- Dispensary 33
Vote here for Dispensary 33

Best Pet Store- Jameson Loves Danger and Urban Pooch
Vote here for Best Pet Store

Andersonville Galleria

Andersonville Galleria

Best Place to Buy Local Goods- Andersonville Galleria
Vote here for Andersonville Galleria

Best Resale Shop- Crossroads Trading Co. and Brown Elephant
Vote here for Best Resale Shop

Best Sex Toy Shop- Early to Bed
Vote here for Early to Bed

Best Shoe Store- Alamo Shoes
Vote here for Alamo

Best Long-Running Play- That’s Weird Grandma: Barrel of Monkeys or Too Much Light: Neo-futurists
Vote here for Best Long-Running Play

Best Novelist- Michael Coorlim
Vote here for Michael Coolim

Best Venue for Standup- The pH Comedy Theater
Vote here for pH Comedy

Best Alderman- Harry Osterman 48th Ward or Ameya Pawar 47th Ward
Vote here for Best Alderman

Best Overall Neighborhood- Andersonville
Vote here for Andersonville

Best Overall Radio Station- CHIRP
Vote here for CHIRP

Best Radio DJ- Nicole Oppenheim/ Ear Cany on CHIRP
Vote here for Nicole Oppenheim/Ear Cany

Puppet Bike

Puppet Bike

Best Street- Clark Street
Vote here for Clark Street

Best Street Character- Puppet Bike
Vote here for Puppet Bike

Best Barcade- Replay Andersonville
Vote here for Replay

Best Musical Group- Allegrezza
Vote here for Allegrezza

Best Dive Bar- Simon’s Tavern
Vote here for Simon’s

Best Gay Bar- The SoFo Tap
Vote here for SoFo Tao

Best Jukebox- Simon’s Tavern
Vote here for Simon’s

Best Local Music Blog- CHIRP Radio

Simon's Tavern

Simon’s Tavern

Vote here for CHIRP

Best Local Music Podcast- CHIRP Radio
Vote here for CHIRP

2017 Midsommarfest Kids’ Activities


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Kung Fu lessons and Cappoeira lessons and Pet Parades, Oh My!

Saturday June 10, 2017

The Summerdale Stage

11:00 AM-  The pH Comedy Theater

12:00 PM- George’s Ice Cream & Sweets Ice Cream Social- Come witness an amazing juggling act and win gift certificates to George’s Ice Cream during our George’s Ice Cream Social!

Pet Contest

Pet Contest

12:30 PM- Jameson Loves Danger Pet Parade & Costume Contest- Come show off your fancy, furry, and feathered friends! All participants receive a special prize and Grand Prizes to Best in Show, Runner Up & Second Runner Up. Sign up begins at 12:00 PM and show starts at 12:30

2:00 PM- Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop- Dream Big After School students will perform ‘I’ve got a golden ticket’ from Willy Wonka Jr, we’ll have performances from some of the 2016 cast of Seussical Jr and will finish with games and activities for all!

3:00 PM- About Face Theater looking out/looking in

In the Alamo Shoes Family Playlot

12:00 – 12:30 PM EFK Kung Fu Demonstration

2:30 PM Orange Shoe Personal Fitness will be on site with bozo buckets and an agility contest for kids

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM A variety of activities for the whole family will be going on between this time.

  • Pedalheads Bicycle Obstacle Course- Pedalheads is an
    PedalHeads Outdoor Obstacle Course

    PedalHeads Outdoor Obstacle Course

    educational summer bike camp for kids ages 3-10 and we teach children basic fundamental biking skills by learning through play. Come try out an obstacle course, learn bike and helmet safety tips and pick up free t-shirts, bike bells, and stickers. Bikes provided!

  • Facepainting by College Nannies & Tutors
  • Friends of Andersonville Book Lounge & Swap
  • Toys et Cetera‘s Booth o’ Toys

Sunday June 11, 2017

The Summderale Stage

9:00- 10:00 AM Free Community Yoga Class with Yoga Tree Studio-  Vinyasa Flow is a class focusing on connecting breath with movement. The instructor will guide you through poses synchronized to your inhale and exhale. This style of yoga is smooth because of how the poses flow from one to the next. Expect plenty of variety of poses and most likely Sun Salutations. Taught by Lorelei Sturm

11:00 AM- The pH Comedy Theater

12:00 PM Andersonville Suzuki Academy

1:00 PM Human-Tim + Robot-Tim– Human-Tim + Robot-Tim have been making music for kids and families around the Chicago area since 2009. They have released two CDs of original music, “Pop Of The Tots!” in 2009 and “You Are An Astronaut” in 2013. The unique human/robot make-up of the band allows them to create music that is both danceable and thinkable.

Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop

Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop

2:00 PM Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop – Dream Big After School students will perform ‘I’ve got a golden ticket’ from Willy Wonka Jr, we’ll have performances from some of the 2016 cast of Seussical Jr and will finish with games and activities for all!

3:00 PM BoiseNoise





In the Alamo Shoes Family Playlot

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Capo 4 Kids Capoeria Workshop-

Capoeria Class

Capoeria Class

During the 2017 Midsommarfest, ICAF Chicago and Capo4kids will lead a Capoeira workshop where they will teach basic rhythms on percussive instruments, songs in Portuguese and the martial art and dance basic movements of capoeira. This will be a fun, action-packed workshop that will introduce the rich world of capoeira to kids and adults. For more information on capoeira, please visit

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM A variety of activities for the whole family will be going on between this time.

  • Pedalheads Bicycle Obstacle Course- Pedalheads is an educational summer bike camp for kids ages 3-10 and we teach children basic fundamental biking skills by learning through play. Come try out an obstacle course, learn bike and helmet safety tips and pick up free t-shirts, bike bells, and stickers. Bikes provided!
  • Facepainting by College Nannies & Tutors
  • Friends of Andersonville Book Lounge & Swap- Come join us where children of all ages can read, hang out and listen to stories. We will be collecting books for the Women and Children First used books sale as well. Illinois Safe Schools Alliance will be joining us and reading a collection of LGBTQ children’s books.

    Toys et Cetera

    Toys et Cetera

  • Toys et Cetera‘s Booth o’ Toys
  • StudioUs Woodblock Art Printing Workshop- Learn the art of woodblock printing! Design, carve, and color your very own print, and add your work to our community art flag.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Coloring Books for Kidz Coloring Fun



2017 Midsommarfest Vendors


Those in bold represent local Andersonville Vendors



Dumbo Lounge Sacks

Non Profits

100% of Salon Echo's proceeds are donated to Sarah's Circle

100% of Salon Echo’s proceeds are donated to Sarah’s Circle

Promotional Partners

2017 Midsommarfest Music & Entertainment


Don’t miss out on your chance to dance all day and night long at 1 or all 5 of our stages!

Friday June 9, 2017

North stage @ Catalpa

5:00 PM DJ Dan Luna

16 Candles

16 Candles

6:00 PM To The 9s – To The 9s is Chicago’s Premier Event band. Playing hits from every decade, they’ll have you dancing all night long!

8:00 PM 16 Candles – A native to Midsommarfest, 16 Candles’ pride and joy comes from bringing all the 80’s song that you know and love to life in full force.





Saturday June 10, 2017

North stage @ Catalpa

11:00 AM Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus

12:00 PM Son Monarcas– Blending traditional with contemporary music, Son Monarcas is a Chicago-based ensemble comprised of musicians who are well-versed in the Afro-Mestizo genres of Mexican folk music as well as other world music genres.

2:00 PM Little Queens

3:30 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade

The Right Now

The Right Now

4:00 PM The Right Now

6:00 PM Ear Candy

8:00 PM Wedding Banned– “The Greatest Wedding Band on Earth”

Center Stage @ Berwyn

11:00 AM Wild Skies– Wild Skies has a unique sound combining folk, rock, and Americana

12:30 PM Layla Frankel

1:30 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade

2:00 PM Al Rose– “Al Rose, who is always impressive, brings his intelligent, funny, and sharp songs with the beautiful arrangements he consistently creates.” — Moors Magazine, Holland

4:00 PM The Yacht Rockets

6:00 PM Shout Out

8:00 PM Catfight- This all-girl band has been called “the darlings” of the Chicago cover band scene. Covering top artists of today and yesteryear. Bruno Mars, Icona Pop and One Republic, to playing classic favorites by Prince, ACDC and Queen, there’s something for everyone.

Summerdale Stage

4:00 PM Wes John Cichosz– A competent multi-instrumentalist, Wes performs in various capacities including solo vocal/acoustic, blues trio, and jazz quartet.

6:00 PM Willy Dynomite– Willy Dynomite will be sure to keep your hands clapping as they combined aspects of blues, soul, swing, funk and reggae.

8:00 PM Fabitat

Balmoral Pride Stage

Tasha Salad

Tasha Salad

1:00 PM Jazz Brunch with Lakeside Pride Band

3:00 PM Best of MaryOke Unplugged with Kevin Florian

4:30 PM Drag Show with DJ Laura B, Tasha Salad, Ruff N Stuff & Friends

6:30 PM Retro with DJ Laura B

8:30 PM The Hits with DJ Laura B

Swedish Stage @ Foster

Opening ceremonies

Opening ceremonies

 11:00 AM Opening Ceremonies

11:30 AM May Pole- Don’t miss out on your chance to dance around the May Pole!

12:00 PM Swedish Jamboree

2:00 PM Hugh Too– Hugh Too is a 6-piece band rocking out hits from the 70’s, 80’s and beyond – as well as some modern songs.

4:00 PM Waco Brothers

6:00 PM Fiona Grey– “The 19 year old singer brings Hollywood glamour to a sultry story of love, drugs, and vanity” – Galore Magazine

7:00 PM Moose the DJ ft. The Princess

8:00 PM ABBA Salute- Don’t miss your chance to be a Dancing Queen at this ABBA tribute band

Sunday June 11, 2017

North stage @ Catalpa

11:00 AM Lakeside Pride Strayhorns Jazz Combo

12:00 PM Gussied



2:00 PM Brooke and Nice Things– Reflecting the Golden Era of Rythm and Blues, BNTNT brings true Soul music to life in their set. They’re too young to be old school and too old to be new school.

3:30 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade

4:00 PM Libido Funk Circus– Chicago’s premier dance and party band

6:00 PM The Hair Band Night

8:00 PM 16 Candles

Center Stage @ Berwyn

11:00 AM The Deliverance Singers- Gospel Brunch

1:00 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade

1:30 PM The Shades– Equipped primarily with their voices and acoustic guitars, The Shades have developed a signature sound that encompasses elements of popular music from folk & rock, to soul & R&B.

2:30 PM She’s Crafty– Chicago’s all-female Beastie Boys tribute

3:30 PM  Second City Outlaws

4:00 PM Stache



6:00 PM Maggie Speaks– Dance and sing to your favorites, from that 80s song you love to hear to songs played at concerts in Chicago reaching back to the 50s to Top 40 hits released just last week.

8:00 PM 7th Heaven

Summerdale Stage

3:00 PM BoiseNoise

4:00 PM Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats

6:00 PM The Hat Guys– The Hat Guys bring a taste of the soulful exuberance, pageantry, and revelry of a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade.

8:00 PM- Chicago Jazz Orchestra 

Balmoral Pride Stage

1:00 PM Acoustic Brunch

3:00 PM Drag Show with DJ Laura B, Tasha Salad, Ruff N Stuff & Friends

5:00 PM Tea Dance with DJ Moose

8:30 PM The Hits with DJ Jorge

Swedish Stage @ Foster

12:00 PM LiveWire

2:00 PM Hodie Snitch– Hodie Snitch plays the songs you know and love from the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and many more.

4:00 PM The New Invaders– The Ultimate 60s flashback show

6:00 PM Lynne Jordan and the Shivers

Gold Coast All Stars

Gold Coast All Stars

8:00 PM The Gold Coast All Stars