“We’re a small north side neighborhood known for our Swedish heritage, welcoming attitude & diverse array of locally-owned businesses.” http://www.andersonville.org

“Andersonville is a quaint neighborhood in the middle of a world class city.”

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The Andersonville Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday on Berwyn Street, between Clark and Ashland beginning on May 21st- Sept. 3rd, 3pm- 8pm, and Sept. 10th- Oct. 15th, 3pm- 7pm.

Andersonville reminds me of my college years at Northeastern Illinois University on the north side of Chicago. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, I was attending NEIU and worked as a student aide at the Financial Department with Marilyn Kuhn and Marie Lizewski Ruiz who lived and commuted from Andersonville to work from Foster Avenue to the Historic Bryn Mawr District and Catalpa Street by the B-Wing.

Another friend of my family, the late Bob Roessler lived on North Rascher Street with my brother near Clark Street in Andersonville, not far from the Travel School near Pelencho Travel Agency where I worked teaching Business English and Communications with Fabiola. After work sometimes, I used to stop by to visit them.

Ann Sather’s is one of my favorite places to visit in Andersonville for brunch or dinner with friends and family. Twenty-six (26) years ago, I had a Family Brunch for Father’s Day weekend at Ann Sather’s after my wedding on June 18, 1988.

Reza’s Restaurant has a vegetarian selection of dishes to enjoy the whole year round.

Andie’s Restaurant also offers appetizing dishes and global menu for epicureans.

Figure 1 Christmas Dinner at Andie’s Restaurant with Paul Tong and Robert S. Hung

More than thirty (30) years ago, I used to go shopping in Andersonville after work at the Travel Agency which used to be next to Pelencho’s Travel Agency. Pelencho was a Cuban-American Radio Personality, known familiarly as the “Pelencho Show” for Hispanic and Spanish-speaking radio fans and listeners.

While I was reading the Neighborhood Watch in Today’s Chicago Woman, I found out that Andersonville was a distant suburb of Chicago during the 1850’s boasting about a large cherry orchard which attracted Swedish immigrants to settle in greater numbers to the area known today as the Edgewater neighborhood by Lake Michigan in Illinois. The Swedes in Andersonville built a school in 1854 to establish a permanent Swedish community with cultural influence in Chicago. Afterwards, Andersonville thrived and eventually boasted that there were more Swedes in Chicago than in any city outside of Stockholm, Sweden.

The Swedish American Museum in Andersonville was visited by HRH the King of Sweden during its inauguration. The Museum is located at 5211 N. Clark St. in Andersonville, a traditionally Swedish area of Chicago’s north side. The entire community welcomes Swedish Americans and celebrates the Swedish holidays. Merchants and residents turn out for the very traditional Midsummer, Lucia and Christmas celebrations. Tourists visit the area continually to sample Swedish food, buy gifts, and visit the Museum. swedishamericanmuseum.org For additional info, contact museum@samac.org.

Andersonville brings back a lot of memories about people and places along Clark Street and in the Edgewater neighborhood. I used to work at Saint Augustine College on Argyle Street not far from Clark Street in the Uptown neighborhood and Little Chinatown. Commuting to Andersonville is easy and accessible by public transportation.

Walking leisurely through Andersonville is a good form of exercise along Clark Street, starting on Foster Avenue, to discover quaint and old-fashioned Swedish shops, restaurants, and something for everyone to enjoy in this taste of a Swedish neighborhood in the middle of Edgewater by Lake Michigan in Chicago.