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American City with European Flare!
Bordered by Magnolia to the east, Ravenswood Avenue to the west, Winnemac Avenue to the south, and Victoria Street to the north, Andersonville is a quaint neighborhood with a village-like atmosphere. The heart of the neighborhood is Clark Street and Berwyn Avenue which makes up the commercial core.
Andersonville saw a sudden influx of Swedish immigrants during the 1850s. The area was quite pastoral in those days – attractive to the newcomers who came to live and work on the farms. In addition, after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, new building codes made wooden homes outlawed in Chicago. Not having the money for stone or brick, Swedish immigrants moved north – outside of Chicago city limits – here, to Andersonville. It didn’t take long before the neighborhood was dominated by Swedish businesses, including delis, hardware stores, blacksmiths, and bakeries – not to mention churches, such as Ebenezer Lutheran Church and Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, to cater to the new arrivals.
At one point, Andersonville was home to the highest population of Swedes outside of Stockholm! Although most of the Swedes moved out of the area during the Great Depression and later, post WWII, the Swedish influence is still going strong.
Swedish Culture Abounds!
Andersonville is home to the fabulous Swedish American Museum. Hosting an interesting program of Swedish singers, fine art exhibits, and even Swedish language classes, the museum is a gem in the area! Other distinctively Andersonville locales include the Swedish Bakery, Simon’s Tavern which is a former basement speakeasy, serving up excellent Swedish wine drink called a glogg, and Svea restaurant offering treats and well-priced breakfast.
Each summer, you can’t help but visit the Midsommarfest – an annual event that features everything Swedish! Even today, with a diverse mix of residents, Andersonville continues to be home to one of the most concentrated locales for Swedish culture.
Andersonville Commercial Historic District
A fantastic hodge-podge of culture and tastes make up Andersonville’s commercial district. The district is composed of almost entirely independently-owned, local boutiques, restaurants, and specialty shops. Of course, if you must – you can certainly find the typical Starbucks or Subway joints.
Running north and south, the blocks between 4900 and 5800 N. Clark Street, this unique commercial district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.
Homes for Sale in Andersonville
In the late 1980s, young professionals started moving into the neighborhood – they probably noticed the stunning homes for sale in Chicago, which is largely single-family Victorian homes, and of course the proximity to the lakefront is attractive, too!
You’ll notice that the streets of Andersonville are some of the city’s most beautiful. Luscious trees provide plenty of shade as you walk along the residential streets. Renovated condos, single-family homes, and apartments contribute to a wonderful mix of character and comfort to this exciting neighborhood.