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|Andersonville is a neighborhood on the north side of Chicago with a history of Swedish immigration dating back to the 1850s. Swedish immigrants continued to arrive into the 20th century, building shops and local churches on and near Clark Street. In 1965, the neighborhood started celebrating Midsommarfest, a reflection of the annual Swedish tradition to celebrate the summer solstice. This has since grown into one of Chicago’s most well attended street festivals. Välkommen translates to welcome in Swedish and this slogan represents Andersonville's commitment to opportunity and equality. Andersonville supports one of the larger districts of local and independent businesses in the city. It is also home to an ethnically and socially diverse population.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD. (n.d.). Retrieved April 29, 2019, from http://www.andersonville.org/the-neighborhood/ HISTORY. (n.d.). Retrieved April 29, 2019, from http://www.andersonville.org/the-neighborhood/history/