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Andersonville

Many of Andersonville’s original settlers were Swedish and their heritage still thrives in the neighborhood today. Just take a walk down North Clark Street by Foster Avenue. It’s near this bustling intersection that you’ll find the Swedish American Center Museum, one of the real gems of this north side community. The museum has gained even more popularity over the years with its concerts by Swedish singers, fine art exhibits and offering of Swedish language classes. After a trip to the museum, you’d never guess that this cultural hub was once nothing more than a large cherry orchard.

As you might expect, there are also a number of Swedish-inspired restaurants here, but if you’re looking for something truly authentic head to Svea. This 1930s diner specializes in cheap Swedish breakfast plates. The Viking, for one, comes with two eggs, sausage, toast, two Swedish pancakes and potatoes for less than $6. Those with a hankering for something sweet will love the Swedish Bakery, one of Chicago’s most salacious dessert locales. Get here early for the good stuff. The bakery gets so packed in the mornings that you’ve got to take a number and wait it out, like in a meat market — but the free samples will certainly help curb your hunger.

If it’s just a cup of Joe you’re in the mood for, stop by Kopi. This traveler’s-themed cafe doubles as a shopping center where you’ll find an eclectic assortment of items from Moleskine journals to worldly maps—everything you need before beginning a long journey. Fans of the bohemian one-stop shop swear by the hummus plate, served with pita wedges and fresh veggies. There are plenty of other delicious Andersonville dining options, including Korean, contemporary American, Italian and Catalan cuisines.

When you’re not busy tasting the local fare or browsing Andersonville’s cultural nooks, you can head over to one of the neighborhood’s many parks. Be sure to stop by its namesake playlot at the corner of Ashland Avenue and Farragut Street. In the summer, you can spend sunny days at Foster Avenue Beach (an extension of Lincoln Park in the nearby Edgewater neighborhood), it’s complete with restrooms and concessions. And during the winter months, the area is used to cross country ski and snow shoe – always some entertaining outdoor activity going on in this laid-back north side section of Chicago.

Andersonvillle’s residential streets are some of the city’s most beautiful. Big shady trees, three-story flats, rehabbed condos and single-family homes make for an attractive combination of established environment and modern touches. Victorian-style homes amp up the neighborhood scene with their vintage charm and European courtyards, while contemporary developments move in next door with just as much character and appeal. One and two bedroom units in the older brick buildings average around $280,000. But you can also find very affordable condos for between $150,000 and $200,000. Private, single-family homes are rarer in Andersonville, but there are some very nice places that will put you in the $600,000+ price range.

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Dining in Andersonville

Atlantique
5101 N Clark St
Cuisine: Seafood
Cafe Boost
5400 N. Clark
Cusine: Cafe
Cheng's
1116 1/2 Bryn Mawr
Cuisine: Asian
China Star Chinese Restaurant
1126 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Cuisine: Asian
Edgewater Beach Cafe
5545 N Sheridan Rd
Cuisine: American
Edgewater Lounge Bar
5600 N. Ashland
Francesca's on Taylor
1039 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Cuisine: Italian
Kopi A Travelers Cafe
5317 N Clark St
Cuisine: Vegetarian
La Donna
5146 N Clark St
Cuisine: Italian
Madrigal's Bar
5316 N. Clark
Ollie's Bar
1064 W. Berwyn
Pasteur
5525 N. Broadway
Cuisine: French
Pauline's
1754 W Balmoral Ave
Cuisine: American
Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant
5846 N Broadway
Cuisine: Ethiopian
Zaky Means Delicious
5204 N Clark St.
Cuisine: Middle Eastern 
 

Resources in Andersonville

Hospitals
Kindred Chicago Lakeshore
6130 N. Sheridan
Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library
1210 W. Elmhurst

Entertainment in Andersonville

Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark
Edgewater Farmer's Market
Broadway & Thorndale

Shopping in Andersonville

Broadway Antique Mart
6130 N. Broadway
Gethsemane Garden Center
5739 N. Clark
Paper Trail
5309 N. Clark
Surrender
5225 N. Clark
The Acorn Antiques & Uniques
5241 N. Clark
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark
EQ
1118 W. Berwyn
Griffen & Gargoyles
2140 W. Lawrence
Perfume Counter, Inc.
1500  Balmoral
Karma
1750 W. Balmoral
Serendipity
5301 N. Clark
Studio 90
5239 N. Clark
Presence
5216 N. Clark
Las Manos Gallery
5220 N. Clark
American Hands
5211 N. Clark
Cassona
5241 N. Clark
Musicians Network
5505 N. Clark
Landmark
5301 N. Clark

Schools in Andersonville

Hayt Elementary
1518 W. Granville

Jose Marti Bilingual Education
5126 N. Kenmore

Lake Shore Schools
5611 N. Clark
North Side Catholic Academy
5525 N. Magnolia
Peirce Elementary
1423 W. Bryn Mawr
Sacred Heart Schools
650 N. Sheridan
Senn High School
5900 N. Glenwood
St. Gregory's Grade School
1643 W. Bryn Mawr
St. Gregory's High School
1677 W. Bryn Mawr
Swift Elementary
5900 N. Winthrop
Trumbull Elementary
5200 N. Ashland
Westbridge Academy
1610 W. Highland