Andersonville’s earliest settlers would be pleased to see that their Swedish heritage lives on –proudly displayed on the blue and yellow water tower, celebrated in the Swedish American Museum, and alive in the friendly spirit at the heart of this charming neighborhood.
Just blocks from the lakefront, Andersonville offers residents a vibrant, self-sustaining community that is accessible by express buses, the “L” and Lake Shore Drive.
At the forefront of the “shop local” movement, the historic business district along Clark Street is a mecca of locally-owned businesses including independent shops, restaurants, bars and bistros. Residents can find most everything nearby, from the grocery store and dentist to fine art and antiques.
Tree-lined streets, walkable schools, playgrounds and parks make this a popular neighborhood to call home. Housing includes a mix of handsome greystone two- and three-flats, 1920s walk-ups, redbrick apartment complexes and large single-family homes. Buyers can also find gut rehabs and beautiful new construction homes with backyard gardens.
In addition to dinner, cocktails, music, magic and the Andersonville Farmers’ Market, residents can enjoy al-fresco dining with plenty of dog-friendly patios. Andersonville also hosts one of Chicago’s most popular street festivals, Midsommarfest. The annual festival is just one more way the neighborhood celebrates its Swedish heritage.