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2022 Year of Chicago Dance

2022 Year of Chicago Dance

2022 Year of Chicago Dance Events

Let's Dance! Andersonville x Year of Chicago Dance | Saturday, April 30 from 11AM-4PM

Updated 4/29/22! Let's Dance! Andersonville x Year of Chicago Dance has been moved to the former Akira space at 5228 N Clark from  11AM - 4PM on Saturday, April 30, for a day of celebration! Learn Bollywood, Salsa Rueda, Nordic Folk Dance, and more. Don't miss your chance to be a part of the community day of dance!  We want to send a special thank you to all of our incredible event partners and sponsors who make this event possible: Chicago Dance Supply, Swedish American Museum, Edgewater Historical Society, Helen Peirce Elementary School, and State Representative Kelly Cassidy. Water provided by Boxed Water!

Trey Elder of Quiet Pterodactyl will serve as emcee and Music Mix Master Guru. Photography by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth will be available for download after the event at Select portions of Let’s Dance Andersonville! will livestream on Facebook at

Performance Schedule!

11AM – Helen C. Peirce School (Bollywood)
11:30AM – Desueño Dance (Salsa)
12PM– Illinois Center for Kathak (Kathak)
12:30PM – Chicago Casineros (Rueda de Casino)
1PM– Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago (Nordic Folk Dance)
2PM – Chicago Tap Theatre (Tap) 
2:15PM Glenwood Dance Studio (Hustle & Jitterbug)
3PM – Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Youth Company (Tangos Flamenco)
3:15PM –  312 Movement (Argentine Tango)
3:45PM – The Met Down (Hip Hop) 
4PM – Joel Hall Dancers (Urban Jazz)

Trey Elder of Quiet Pterodactyl will serve as emcee and Music Mix Master Guru. Photography by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth will be available for download after the event at Select portions of Let’s Dance Andersonville! will livestream on Facebook at

Participating Groups:

312 Movement

Jenny - as an artist, musician, and Latin dance instructor for many years, Jenny found her true calling in dancing and sharing her understanding of tango. With athleticism and grace, she flows effortlessly through complex movements, always with a strong connection to the music and her partner. Her years as a salsa dancer (teacher) also contribute a distinctive flavor that is both engaging and entertaining.

Rod - has been dancing all his life. Although his background early in his life has been mostly in hip hop and street dancing, he has fully committed himself to Argentine Tango. One can still see the lasting influence of his street dancing in his innovative tango style.

Together – (since 2009) they believe that connection, musicality, and technique are the keys to fully appreciate the beauty of Tango. In their classes they want to concentrate on how to be comfortable inside the embrace, based on the logic and naturalness of the movement. They travel all around the U.S. as well as abroad to perform and share their tango knowledge at festivals and weekend workshops.

In Chicago, their classes are taught with an eye on encouraging and nurturing individual artistic styles while at the same time stressing the core movements and strong values of traditional tango. Their infectious energy and love of the dance has created a large following of students in Chicago and the surrounding area. They are the founders of 312 Movement, which organizes events (monthly milongas and weekend workshops), djaying, performing, and teaching.

Chicago Casineros

Chicago Casineros is a group of friends and dancers who dance Cuban-style salsa, which is known as "Casino" and "Rueda de Casino."
They will be doing a demo of Rueda de Casino, which is danced in a formation with a caller. The caller shouts out moves and the group executes them together, constantly changing partners. This is a social dance style, and our dance group has different levels of experience! They will welcome beginners to a workshop following their demo and will dance to Timba Cubana by Roly Maden!

Chicago Tap Theatre

Chicago Tap Theatre, one of the most critically well-regarded dance companies in Chicago, has a multifaceted mission: to preserve America’s indigenous dance form, to promote that dance through story-based shows and innovative presentation, to educate the community and make tap dance accessible to a broad spectrum of people and to foster relationships with other arts organizations. CTT's upcoming events include our annual Gala, A National Tap Dance Day Celebration in collaboration with M.A.D.D. Rhythms, two summer intensives, and our final show of our 19th season! Additionally, CTT offers weekly tap dance classes for all levels at Visceral Dance Center! For more information, please visit us at!

Desueño Dance:

Desueño is a dance company that fuses Afro-Latin, Jazz, Contemporary, and Salsa dancing. Desueño shares dance through performance, dance instruction, and social dancing. Under the direction of Denita Inez, the company focuses on creating artistic works that connect to people. They offer classes, workshops, and a dance community - both online and in person. The Desueño mission is to bring the joy of dance to people. Desueño Dance is pleased to present a medley of Salsa routines to celebrate Let's Dance! Andersonville x Year of Chicago Dance. They have members of our Latin footwork team performing pieces from our current season. Stay after the performance to dance along with us and learn to dance Salsa, one of the most popular dances in the world.

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Youth Company

The Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Youth Company dancers are blooming roses in the garden of Chicago’s very own Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater’s pre-professional training program. These young dancers are our pride and joy. Young dancers develop their talents by means of various afterschool programs and community classes offered by the professional company and then auditioning into the Young Company. We invite you to discover our upcoming classes for young and old, as well Flamenco Passion – our summer American Spanish Dance & Music Festival:

Glenwood Dance Studio

Learn the basics of two fun social dance styles in these thirty-minute classes with Katie DeSalvo of Glenwood Dance Studio. Hustle is a night-club style dance made popular in the 70s, but which can be danced to many types of current pop music. Jitterbug is a type of swing dance that is accessible for beginners, but still has lots of style and flair. These mini-classes can be done with or without a partner - no experience is needed. Come get your toes a-tapping and join in the fun!

Helen C. Peirce School

7th grade Peirce students explore dance through different cultural lenses, metaphorically traveling the world one dance step at a time! Through these inquiries, students take a brief look at culture, communication and expression as it manifests through movement. Of the many countries and dance forms we investigated, Bollywood truly spoke to our collective energy this year, lifting our spirits and moving our feet. The term "Bollywood" refers to Mumbai's film industry (the world's largest film industry in terms of films produced and released each year). The dances found within Bollywood films combine both classical and contemporary forms of dance, to include Indian folk dance, salsa and hip hop, to name a few. Enjoy a brief taste of the steps we both learned and loved within our 7th grade dance adventures!

Illinois Center for Kathak

Illinois Center for Kathak is a dance school teaching the traditional style of Kathak, a North Indian dance form. Kathak is referred to as the dance of story teller - with expression, graceful movement, blazing spins and fancy footwork, kathak brings stories to life. At ICKathak they help people dance their stories using traditional rhythmic vocabulary.

Joel Hall Dancers 

Founded to showcase and celebrate the artistry of Black and LGBTQIA+ performers, Joel Hall Dancers & Center stands as the embodiment of Joel’s life-long passion for creating, performing and teaching dance artistry and technique. Urban Jazz, Joel Hall's signature style, utilizes movement from classic jazz, lindy, street styles, modern, ballet, and contemporary dance. Choreographies are based upon the human experience, street life and authentic expression of the spirit. First Company dancer Melissa Metro will be leading a demonstration and dance party focusing on Jazz as a social dance and how it still is influencing popular dance today.

Nordic Folk Dancers

The Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago are a Scandinavian Folk Dance group that performs throughout the Chicagoland area. They do a wide variety of programs for an even more diverse audience – from preschools and senior centers, to major museums and businesses, to small private parties and large ethnic festivals. They take pride in who they are, what they do and what they make possible. They link and connect people to the rich culture and heritage of the Scandinavian countries through dance, music and costumes. They simply love to dance and to share their dances with others – always including audience participation dances. Why just watch when you can get up and dance, they'll show you how.

The Met Down with Melissa Metro

The Met Down is a collective born out of the pandemic that started as a group of friends who just liked dancing together. Many of them share a common training in Joel Hall's jazz and hip hop. They are multi-ethnic, multi-talented and just a fun time to be around. They will be performing a hip hop piece that starts with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, celebrates the Queen of Hip Hop, Missy Elliot, and pays tribute to the Godfather of House, Frankie Knuckles.


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Patios Season



Enjoy Patio Season at these Andersonville locations:

Parson’s Chicken and Fish I 5721 N Clark

M henry Cafe | 5707 N Clark

Diamante Azul Restaurant | 5663 N Clark

Oda Mediterranean | 5657 N Clark

Uvae Wine Bar and Restaurant | 5553 N Clark 

JB Deli | 5501 N Clark

It’s Greek 2 U Grill | 5449 N Clark

Colectivo Andersonville | 5425 N Clark

Fiya | 5419 N Clark

Cesca’s Margaritas Bar and Grill | 5403 N Clark

A Taste of Heaven Cafe and Bakery | 5401 N Clark

Vincent Restaurant | 1475 W Balmoral

Big Jones | 5347 N Clark 

Kopi Cafe | 5317 N Clark

Reza’s Restaurant & Catering | 5255 N Clark

Andies Restaurant | 5253 N Clark

Bar Roma | 5101 N Clark 

Meeting House Tavern | 5025 N Clark

The Sofo Tap | 4923 N Clark

Pick Me Up Cafe | 4882 N Clark 

The Bongo Room Andersonville | 5022 N Clark

Dollop Diner | 5060 N Clark



Hopleaf | 5148 N Clark

Simon’s Tavern | 5210 N Clark

Ándale Market | 5232 N Clark

Svea Restaurant | 5236 N Clark

Lady Gregory’s | 5260 N Clark

Ranalli’s of Andersonville | 1512 W Berwyn

Starbucks | 5300 N Clark

Anteprima | 5316 N Clark

Lost Larson | 5318 N Clark 

Replay Andersonville | 5358 N Clark

Elixir Andersonville | 1509 W Balmoral

Marty’s Martini Bar | 1511 W Balmoral

First Slice Pie Cafe | 5357 N Ashland

Pauline’s | 1752-54 W Balmoral

Land & Lake | 5420 N Clark

Little Bad Wolf | 1541 W Bryn Mawr

Bettie Lou’s Kitchen | 5633 N Ashland

Fireside Chicago | 5739 N Ravenswood

Nobody’s Darling I 1744 W Balmoral 

Paulines I 1752 W Balmoral 

Boco Loca I 1477 W Winnemac 

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Andersonville Summer Camps 2022

Summer Camps 2022


Raven Theatre | 6157 N Clark

Take Flight Summer camp 2022; two theatre art sessions for ages 6-14

Two training sessions in theatre arts, great for beginners to learn the basics or more advanced actors looking to hone their skills.

These are two-week course camp sessions Monday - Friday, 9AM-3PM,

With ability to extend till 4PM for pick up. Groups will be divided by age.

To Register and use the  $75 dollar “Early bird discount” through May 9 using code 

For more information email or call 773.338.2177


Chicago Filmmakers | 1326 W Hollywood 

In person youth filmmaking camps, 2 sessions available starting in June or July 

Monday - Friday; 9AM-3PM

Hands on, all encompassing camp to give budding filmmakers a crash course in all things film. 

From scouting locations, set design and editing, all you need to create your best summer movie

Information listed on their website or call 773.293.1447


Chicago Waldorf School Summer Camp | 5200 N Ashland 

Early childhood - 5th-grade campers have the opportunity to explore play-based summer activities in their sun moon park. Crafts, free play, discovery inspired by Waldorf curriculum 

Register here: for more information email 


Gus Dance Camps  | 5230 N Clark

3 camp sessions are available for ages 2-15, 10AM-3PM

High/intermediate - Intermediate/beginner - beginner groups 

Variety of dance styles to be taught, with dance showcases at the end of each week

Early-Bird discount available:  Enroll through website 

Call 773.275.5230 for more information 


Hardware Crossfit | 1834 W Balmoral 

Classes Available, summer camp TBD; EMAILED 3/4

Tot Fit (3 & under with parent) Sunday’s 8:30-9AM

Kids Fit (3-7-year-olds) Sunday’s 9:15-10AM

Youth Fit (8-12-year-old) Sunday’s 10-10:45AM


StudioUs | 4806 N Clark 

Get creative this summer with many summer workshops!

Weekly Summer classes from 10 AM-3PM 

$300 per week 

Day off Workshops during April’s Spring Break!

Sign up online for both Summer & Day Off workshops at StudioUs


American Eagle Productions | Andersonville/Edgewater locations 

June 13-August 26

Variety of summer camp, weekly session to choose from, ages 4-7-year-old & 7-13 Year old

From Musicals, drama to Broadway basics, there are so many options to choose from!

Find the best camp for your littles on their website 

Camps at Andersonville/Edgewater schools can be found here


Wildcamp Summer camp: Hosted by Northside Catholic Academy I 6216 N Glenwood

Variety of recreation, athletic and fine art activities for those 3 years of age by June 1-8th grade.

Wildcat Camp is for NCA students, children of parishioners, family, and friends.

Find more information on their website


School of Rock Andersonville I 5600 N Ridge

Many camps to choose from! Music writing, Rock N roll, The Blues

Camps run from June until August 

Online Code is available online for % off when booking!

Full list of camps available on their website

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Andersonville Midsommarfest Press



Following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to announce the return of Andersonville Midsommarfest, one of Chicago’s oldest and most beloved summer street festivals. Now in its 56th year, the annual festival will be held June 10 – 12, 2022 along Andersonville’s Clark Street corridor.

For three nights and two days, this vibrant and diverse community will bring together over 75,000 people to celebrate a proud Swedish summer tradition with eclectic music, great vendors, food and free kids’ activities. Vendors applications for artists, nonprofit organizations, merchants and food vendors are currently being accepted here through April 22, 2022.

Midsommarfest kicks off Friday, June 10 from 5 pm – 10 pm from Catalpa to Foster and continues Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 from 12 pm – 10 pm. New this year, Friday night’s festivities will expand an additional three blocks from Catalpa all the way Foster, instead of ending at Summerdale as in previous years.

This year’s festival will feature more than 50 music and entertainment acts on five stages, kicking off Friday night with three stages: the North Stage at Clark & Catalpa, the Berwyn Stage and The Swedish Stage at Clark & Foster (sponsored by the Swedish American Museum), returning for the first time since the Festival’s 50th anniversary in 2015. Saturday and Sunday bring the addition of the Balmoral Pride Stage (sponsored by Replay Andersonville) and the Family Stage at Summerdale (sponsored by Rattleback Records).

New acts and returning favorites including Sixteen Candles, Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench PressThe Prince Experience and Dos SantosThe full entertainment line-up will be announced shortly.

As always, Midsommarfest will celebrate Andersonville’s Swedish culture and history. The Swedish Stage at Clark & Foster (sponsored by the Swedish American Museum) will feature traditional Swedish activities throughout the weekend, including a dance around the Maypole. The Swedish American Museum will serve delicious Swedish cuisine and offer free admission during the festival.

Admission to the Midsommarfest is a $10 suggested donation. Proceeds from admission and beer sales benefit the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, along with several local non-profit organizations including Babes With Blades Theatre CompanyCare For Real, Friends of AndersonvilleFriends of Chappel, local block clubs and others. Historically, Andersonville has donated back more than $20,000 to these participating organizations. Festivalgoers can also pick up a complimentary new copy of the 2022-23 Andersonville Neighborhood Guide at the Andersonville Chamber Booth located at Berwyn and Clark.

ACC also encourages visitors to shop local during the days of the festival, offering $1 beer tickets to patrons who spend $30 or more at local brick and mortar stores and service businesses (restaurants and festival vendors, not included). To redeem beer tickets, bring a receipt (paper or digital) dated June 10 – 12 to the Chamber tent located at Clark & Berwyn..

The Shedd Aquarium has generously sponsored the Andersonville Eco Block bringing together Reuso, WasteNot Composting, and Edgewater Environmental Coalition. Rent out reusable containers from REUSO at the eco block to enjoy a zero waste meal! The first 75 containers returned will received a drink token of up $13 in value redeemable at Gadabout! Make sure to recycle your cans and find out more about composting!

Midsommarfest is produced by Star Events. a Chicago-based company committed to producing world-class community celebrations. This year’s music is curated by Quiet Pterodactyl and Rattleback Records.



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Chicago Reader Awards


Best Established Theater Company – The Neo-Futurists (runner up)

Best New Poetry Collection by a Chicagoan - There Are Trans People Here by H. Melt (runner up)

Best Off-Loop Theater Company – The Neo-Futurists (winner), Raven Theatre (runner up)

Best Original Digital Content – Theater – The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral, Neo-Futurists (winner)


Best Alderperson – Andre Vaquez, 40th Ward (runner up)

Best Chiropractor – Chiro One Wellness Center Andersonville (runner up)

Best Dentist – Northside Dental (winner)

Best Northside Neighborhood – Andersonville (winner)


Best Gym – Cheetah Gym (runner up)


Best Comics Shop – AlleyCat Comics (winner)

Best Dancewear Shop – Chicago Dance Supply (winner)

Best Garden Store – Gethsemane Garden Center (winner)

Best Hair Salon – Sine Qua Non (winner)

Best Independent Bookstore – Women and Children First (winner)

Best Landscape Company – City Grange (winner)

Best Local Clothing Designer – Sophia Reyes (winner) - Sold at Milk Handmade

Best Pet Store – Urban Pooch (winner), Jameson Loves Danger (runner up)

Best Picture Framing Store – Foursided (winner)

Best Place To Buy Local Wares – Andersonville Galleria (winner), Foursided (runner up)

Best Place To Buy Men’s Clothing – Cowboys and Astronauts (winner)

Best Place to Buy Women’s Clothing – Milk Handmade (runner up)

Best Retail Shop – Brown Elephant (winner)

Best Sexy Toy Shop – Early To Bed (winner)

Best Shoe Store – Alamo Shoes (winner)

Best T-Shirt Shop – Strange Cargo (winner), Raygun (runner up)


Best Established Bar – Hopleaf (winner)

Best Lesbian Bar – Nobody’s Darling (winner)

Best New Bar – Nobody’s Darling (winner)

Best Venue for Magic Shows – Chicago Magic Lounge (winner)


Best Adult-Use Dispensary – Dispensary 33 (winner)

Best Local CBD Source – CBD Kratom (runner up)

Best Medical Cannabis Dispensary – Dispensary 33 (winner)


Best Bakery – Lost Larson (winner)

Best Bang for Your Buck – Taste of Lebanon (runner up)

Best Beer Garden – Hopleaf (winner)

Best Bread – Lost Larson (runner up)

Best Cheesemonger – Stamper Cheese (runner up) - Farmers market vendor

Best Cooking Classes – The Wooden Spoon (runner up)

Best Falafel – Taste of Lebanon (runner up)

Best Home Garden Supply – Gethsemane Garden Center (winner)

Best Liquor Store – Andersonville Wine & Spirits (runner up)

Best Local Distillery – Koval (winner)

Best Local Farmer – Nichols Farm & Orchard (runner up) Farmers Market vendor

Best Local Spirit – Koval (winner)

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant – Middle East Bakery & Grocery (runner up)

Best Socially Distanced Dining – Parson’s Chicken & Fish (winner)

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day


Land & Lake I 5420 N Clark
Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on March 12 with menu specials including Corned beef Reuben, Irish coffee and Half Acre Pony Pilsner on draft for $6

Uvae Frommagerie & Tasting Room I 5553 N Clark
Celebrate March 19 a “Lucky Charms Wine Tasting” featuring green and orange wines

Gadabout I 5212 N Clark
Saint Patrick's Day drink special; “Make it Green!” Creme de cacao, Creme de menthe, heavy cream, chocolate bitters, cocalero

Lady Gregory’s I 5260 N Clark
Celebrate all month long starting March 3 with many drink and food specials including a full Irish breakfast until 4pm, Dinner specials of Mulligatawny soup, Baileys mint chocolate pie, special beers, booze and live DJ on Parade Day March 12

Replay Andersonville I 5358 N Clark 
Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day March 10-20 with many specials including Traditional Irish Corn Beef Sandwich, Green Eggs and Ham, and $5 Green Bud Lights.



Edgewater Candles I 1900 Greenwood Evanston, IL
Spa collection of 3 scents all in the theme of green!

School of Rock Andersonville I 5600 N Clark
Use code Summercamp15  all of March and save %15

Swedish American Museum I 5211 N Clark
Check out their collection of Spring gnome dishtowels, T-shirt and cap sale

Krisers I 5353 N Clark
Give your dog a cookie this month with Krisers St. Patty’s Day doggy cookies, featuring a shamrock, pot of gold, Irish pride Heart

Transit Tees I 5226 N Clark
All the essentials to wear in March, Choose from Chirish Flag, Chance’s Watering Hole, Drink Local St. Patricks, Chance the Snapper, Green lined shot or pint glass T-shirts

Dearborn Denim I 5202 N Clark
15% off everything green in the store from March 10-17. Upcycled leather goods, green T’s, dresses, kids apparel among other green odds & ends

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