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“Worth visiting if you're up north”
Review of Andersonville

Andersonville
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US$55.00*
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Argyle and Andersonville Global Food Walking Tour
Ranked #112 of 642 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: Andersonville combines Swedish roots and small-town charm with the city's newest and hippest stores and restaurants. Offering everything from stylish clothes and unique items for the home to delectable international dining and traditional holiday events, our unique array of ethnically-diverse, locally-owned businesses guarantees you'll find something to love. A visit to our popular north side neighborhood always makes for a memorable Chicago experience.
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
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“Worth visiting if you're up north”
Reviewed 20 May 2013

Lots of great restaurants with a nice town-like feel. Visit George's for some of the best ice cream in Chicago!

Visited March 2013
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Evanston, Illinois
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“so much”
Reviewed 16 April 2013

There are so many great shops, including MIddle Eastern ones! I have gone there several times and the restaurants and book stores are great.

Visited March 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“A hunt for Swedish heritage, Andersonville”
Reviewed 22 March 2013

Chicago is, like most urban areas, a multi-cultural big city. Over the years many of its neighborhoods were home to immigrants from various parts of the world. In the late 1800's a area on the near North side of Chicago attracted many of those immigrants from Sweden. This area is called Andersonville.

At one time Chicago boasted being the city with the largest Swedish population outside of Stockholm, Sweden itself.

After arriving here many Swedes settled in and started their businesses and began the process of becoming American citizens . Today you will still see traces of that once large population in the various stores and restaurants still operating, although the old settlers have long since moved to the other parts of the city; the feeling is still there.

If you want to experience Swedish food, one well known, historic restaurant to try is Ann Sathers on Clark St. Their breakfast is substantial, hot and hardy.
There are Swedish bakery's in the area too.

And you must stop at the Swedish-American Museum on Clark street, just a few doors down from Ann Sather's restaurant, to learn about the Swedes and their culture. There is a small charge for admission.

There are many other types of places to eat at that are not Swedish as well. And many quaint shops to browse in to. A wonderful, vibrant neighborhood not far from downtown Chicago. Its a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. I did, looking for my heritage. :-)

PS...There is on street parking but be prepared to "feed the parking meters".

Visited October 2012
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“Andersonvile Alive!”
Reviewed 21 March 2013

The Crepes restaurant on the corner of Foster and Clark s a must spot to eat. And Justin at the Barber Shop a half block West gives a terrific hot shave. The area has too many eclectic spots to mention, but stop in at the Brown Elephant for slightly used clothing and furniture. This is a great resale shop.

Visited March 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“A+ Andersonville”
Reviewed 8 March 2013

You must give this neighborhood a walk through. Plan to take your time to sample the little Swedish restaurants (especially for breakfast) and visit the shops. Almost a little step back in time.

Visited September 2012
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