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Andersonville Midsommarfest Community Meeting Planned To Discuss Big Changes For the 50th Anniversary

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For many residents, one of the official signs that summer has arrived is the annual Andersonville Midsommarfest. This year is a big one as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of not only the weekend party, but also the 50th of neighborhood officially being named ‘Andersonville’.

To celebrate the Andersonville Chamber plans to adopt some exciting plans for this year’s fest. The biggest change will be to extend the opening day on Friday from the the usual Balmoral to Catalpa to Foster to Catalpa. The Chamber’s Jessica Hammer told EVB. “We want to make Friday night the cornerstone of our 50th anniversary celebrations at Midsommarfest. The vibe on Friday night has been much more neighborhood-focused, with folks from Andersonville and other neighboring areas coming to the festival after work. We want to maintain this feeling, but bring out even more people from the neighborhood to celebrate this milestone and the neighborhood.”

She added that by expanding the venue, it gives them three stages instead of just one for programming on Friday. In addition, Simon’s Tavern and the Swedish American Museum will be working in unison to put some Swedish-focused music on the South Stage. On the Center Stage expect a unique party called “Party Like It’s 1965!” which will encourage people to dress up in retro clothing and enjoy music from 1965. The North Stage will be the regular and highly anticipated 16 Candles.

The additional programming for the weekend is also expected to increase money that will be raised for local schools and non-profits. Ms Hammer explained, “The increase in stages also means that we will be able to staff more beer booths with community volunteers to raise money for local school groups and other non-profits. In 2014, we were able to donate over $35,000 to local non-profits like the Swedish American Museum (for the water tower fund), Friends of Peirce Elementary, Friends of Andersonville (previously Friends of Trumbull) and Friends of McPherson Elementary. This year, the expansion will allow us to work with Friends of Swift Elementary, as well.”

In an attempt to keep the neighborhood informed about this year’s festivities and changes there will be a community meeting, ‘The Andersonville/Midsommarfest 50th Anniversary Sneak Preview!’. It will be Thursday, March 5, 7PM at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St.

  • Expanded Friday night Midsommarfest, with celebrations from Foster to Catalpa, honoring longtime residents and business owners, showcasing our local businesses and historic architecture, and featuring a family-friendly “Party like it’s 1965!” stage.
  • Celebrations during City Made Fest and Andersonville Arts Weekend honoring the beginnings of Andersonville.
  • Promotions all year in local businesses.

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