We may be a little biased, but we feel Andersonville is one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods. From its wide variety of restaurants and endless opportunities for window shopping, there’s always something new to explore for people of all ages. Here are just a few of our favorite Andersonville activities that you can enjoy on your own or with friends and family.
Swedish American Museum
Did you know that Andersonville is one of the “most concentrated areas of Swedish heritage in the United States”? If you’re looking for a culturally rich experience that will help you better understand the community’s history, the Swedish American Museum is the perfect place to start. The museum is over 40 years old and boasts an impressive collection of Swedish artifacts, as well as exhibits on Swedish migration and art. The museum also hosts the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration on its 3rd floor. Invite multiple generations of your family, and the trip could even spark conversations about your own cultural heritage and history.
To top off your day, stop by Swedish Bakery, which has been serving Swedish baked goods in Andersonville since the 1920s.
While Chicago is in no short supply of restaurants, there is something undeniably special about Andersonville’s independent cafes and coffee shops, not to mention the wide array of cuisines available. From breakfast all day at Taste of Heaven to pasta and a glass of wine at Anteprima, there’s always a new dish to try in the neighborhood. Catch up on a great read at the Kopi: A Travelers Cafe, or pick up some baklava at Middle East Bakery & Grocery to share with friends and family.
Our neighborhood is home to some of the most unique shops Chicago has to offer. Like Andersonville’s dining options, many of the stores in the area are locally owned. A quick stroll down Clark Street will show you colorful window displays of antique furniture, vintage clothing and more. It’s no surprise that Andersonville is a shopping destination for interior designers.
What does your family enjoy? If you like antiquing, we recommend browsing Scout, Brownstone Antiques and Andersonville Antiques. If you’re looking for something to read, visit Women and Children First or Alley Cat Comics, winner of the 2015 Andersonville Hidden Gem Award. If you’re in the mood to browse a variety of offerings from local artists, head to Andersonville Galleria, a retail market that features more than 90 local merchants selling apparel, artwork and more.
While it may not be in season right now, the Farmers Market is something that Chicago Methodist Senior Services residents look forward to all year round. The market is home to local vendors, farmers and businesses, and a trip through the market is a tasty experience. You can visit the market every Wednesday from May to October, and there are opportunities to volunteer or even be a vendor yourself. Especially during this cold winter, the market is something to look forward to.