Chicago's Historic Andersonville Neighborhood Walking Tour
A small neighborhood within the larger Edgewater district of Chicago, Andersonville holds a rich legacy as a historic Swedish enclave. As Chicago transformed into a great Midwestern metropolis in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it attracted many Swedish immigrants in search of jobs. By 1930 over 200,000 first and second-generation Swedish-Americans called Chicago home, and many of them settled in Andersonville. This short walking tour highlights a number of historic sites in Andersonville. It begins with the Edgewater Historical Society [Stop 1], whose exhibits offer a great starting point to learn about the neighborhood. The next three stops offer a slice of Swedish culture. Grab a baked treat at Lost Larson [Stop 2], which continues the legacy of Clark Street’s historic Swedish Bakery. The Swedish American Museum [Stop 3] explores the story of Swedish immigration to the U.S. Simon’s Tavern [Stop 4] is steeped in speakeasy history. Lyman Trumbull Elementary School [Stop 5] and Ebenezer Lutheran Church [Stop 6] complete the tour with glimpses into the unique architectural and religious history of Andersonville.