Holidays in Andersonville

2022 Holidays in Andersonville

We are looking for volunteers for holiday events! Click here to sign up


Andersonville Cares Campaign | November 14-January 8

Andersonville Cares was a campaign that we started two years ago to help connect community members with Health and Wellness Resources to help those that are struggling with the realities of Depression, anxiety, and other effects of Trauma due to the pandemic. This year we are continuing to provide resources for donation drives, initiatives, and other ways to give this holiday season. Click here for more

Santa Tracker | December

Track down Santa in Andersonville and local business through our Santa Tracker! The Andersonville Winter Market will host Jolly St Nick on Friday and Saturday thanks to a special sponsorship from Urban Pooch. He will be available for photos at the Market and will ride the Holiday Trolley. Santa will be out and about for brunch at the Swedish American Museum for Breakfast with Tomten and Lady Gregory's as well as special pet portraits with BLVD Vet. Click her for more times and opportunities.

Holiday Experiences  | December

Looking for holiday celebrations, deals, & meals? Check out the neighborhood's offerings for entertainment, dining and more by clicking here

Andersonville Winter Market | December 2-4

This year we are one again transforming Catalpa into Andersonville’s very own Holiday Market that will include Swedish Vendors, Vintage Holiday Market Vendors and Local Artisans topped off with Simon’s very own Glögg and roasted nuts from Nuts to Go and photo opportunities with Santa. Our second Andersonville Winter Market will be in the Julmarknad-style (Good Christmas in Swedish)! Click here for details

Late Night Andersonville | December 2 & 16

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is encouraging shoppers to join us for Late Night Andersonville this season. Late Night Andersonville returns on Friday, December 2 and Friday, December 16. Click here for participating businesses & offerings

St Lucia hosted by Swedish American Museum | December 13

This year the crowning will take place downtown at the temporary Nordic House in the Wrigley building. They will then head up to Andersonville for a procession up Clark street and an outdoor performance by the Christmas tree on Catalpa Ave. They end the day at Ebenezer Lutheran Church with holiday songs, readings, and a final St. Lucia procession. For more details click here

Holiday Mixer | December 15

We are excited to start this Holiday season and this year we are celebrating with our friends and neighbors at the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce for our first ever Holiday Mixer. We are looking to bring folks together to celebrate, meet new folks, and to spend time with old friends in the beautiful surroundings of Koval’s new tasting room at 4241 N Ravenswood. Click here to register

Holiday Highlights


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Santa Tracker

Santa Tracker

Where in Andersonville is Santa this Holiday Season? He’s making his list and checking it twice to make sure all of your holiday gifts can be shopped locally! There are plenty of opportunities to see Santa this season.


Winter Market | 1500 W Catalpa | December 2-3
Santa will be in the district on December 2 from 6PM-9PM and December 3 from 11AM-3PM. Catch a ride with him on the holiday trolley as he visits the neighborhood! Photo opportunities at Winter Market on both Friday & Saturday. Thank you to Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center and Urban Pooch Canine Life Center for sponsoring Santa and the Winter Market!

Swedish American Museum | 5211 N Clark | December 3-4
Santa photo opportunity at Julmarknad

Lady Gregory's | 5260 N Clark | Children's Book Drive | December 4 | 5PM-6:30PM
Bring Santa a book to support Care for Real and receive a complimentary photo from Angela Garbot Photography!

Sandbox Baby Boutique | 5349 N Clark | December 10 | 11AM-1PM

The SoFo Tap | 4923 N Clark | December 10 | 12-3PM
Doggy Days: Photos with Santa and your pooch

Big City Optical | 5653 N Clark | December 24 | 1PM-4PM
Christmas Eve Santa photo opportunity

Boulevard Veterinary | 4646 N Damen
Join us for our 2nd annual Pet Pictures with Santa Paws - with our own Dr. Robert Plourde! Stop by with your pets for your free holiday photo that will be emailed to you after. This is a free event for all filled with holiday cheer, pet-friendly goodie bags, human-friendly refreshments (stop by for a slice of Bang Bang Pie!) This is a great chance to get your pets involved in your holiday cards! ⁣

Colectivo Coffee | 5425 N Clark | November 2 - December 24
North Pole mailbox for kids! Drop off a letter & get a free hot cocoa

Andersonville Cares Campaign

Andersonville Cares Campaign

Be Mindfully Merry this Holiday season by stopping by or shopping online at one of your favorite participating businesses to purchase a gift card. Gift cards will be collected from the participating locations and donated to local non-profits that support families in need this Holiday Season.

Clothing

Chicatolia Artisan Collective | 5209 N Clark | Gift Cards

Cowboys and Astronauts | 1478 W Summerdale | Gift Cards

Dearborn Denim & Apparel | 5202 N Clark | Gift Cards

ENJOY, An Urban General Store | 5307 N Clark | Gift Cards

RAYGUN | 5207 N Clark | Gift Cards

Sandbox Baby Boutique | 5349 N Clark | Gift Cards

Extra curricular activities

GUS®| Original Gus Giordano Dance School | 5230 N Clark | Gift Cards

Food

Edgewater Produce | 5515 N Clark | Gift Cards

Mental Health & Wellness

A Pretty Flower | 2334 W Lawrence | Gift Cards

Early to Bed & Trans Essentials | 5138 N Clark | Gift Cards

Toys and Music for Children

*play | 5311 N Clark | Gift Cards

AlleyCat Comics | 5304 N Clark | Gift Cards

Events & Donation Drives

Big City Optical | 5653 N Clark | November 27 - December 17
Toy, clothes, and food drive

Care for Real | Food Rescue Program | November 29
Help reach their goal with a donation of any size. Share with friends and family to take them over the finish line by Giving Tuesday on November 29. Click here to donate

Blaze Pizza | 6550 N Sheridan | November 29 | 1PM-8PM
20% of dine in, delivery, and takeout sales will be donated to Care for Real! Help them reach the minimum registration required to secure support and register in advance. Register here

Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar | 5553 N Clark | November 29 | 6PM-8PM
$5 with 100% of proceeds donated to Care for Real!

Edgewater Candles | Online | November 29
Donating 10% of their online sales on Giving Tuesday, November 29 to Care for Real.

ONE Northside | 4648 N Racine | Toy Drive | December 11 | 11AM-1PM
CP4P | 1766 W Devon | Toy Drive | December 11 | 2PM-4PM
Hardware Strength & Conditioning partnering with ONE Northside and CP4P to bring holiday cheer to their neighborhood kids. Accepting gifts for those newborn to 16 years old. Masks are required at drop off locations. Accepting donations via mail to arrive before December 12. Click here for details

The Neo-Futurist Theater | 5153 N Ashland | 40k in 60 Days Fundraiser | Through December 31
Support The Neo-Futurist's growth in community partnerships and more by donating to their fundraiser! Full details here

Women & Children First | 5233 N Clark | Weekends in December
Volunteer gift wrapping fundraisers on weekends in December supporting local organizations.

The SoFo Tap | 4923 N Clark | December 3 | 9PM-1AM
Toys for Tots toy drive as part of their monthly DILF party. Click here for event page

Lady Gregory's | 5260 N Clark | Children's Book Drive | December 4 | 5PM-6:30PM
Bring Santa a book to support Care for Real and receive a complimentary photo from Angela Garbot Photography!

KOVAL Distillery | 4241 N Ravenswood | Coat Drive | December 17-24
Coat Drive with One Warm Coat

Orange Shoe | 5609 N Clark | November 14-January 8
Accepting diapers, wipes, & formula. Contact Orange Shoe if you have questions about drop off hours or items.

St Lucia 2022

St. Lucia and the Lucia Procession | December 13, 2022

Crowning at Nordic House | 400 N Michigan | 12PM
Procession from the Swedish American Museum | 5211 N Clark | 4:45PM
Performance at Catalpa Christmas Tree | 1500 W Catalpa | 5PM
Performance | Ebenezer Lutheran Church | 1650 W Foster | 7PM

Celebrate St. Lucia Day with Lucia candidates representing Swedish-American organizations throughout the Chicago area. This year the crowning will take place downtown at the temporary Nordic House in the Wrigley building (400 N. Michigan Ave). We will then head up to Andersonville for a procession up Clark street and an outdoor performance by the Christmas tree on Catalpa Ave. We end the day at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave., with holiday songs, readings and a final St. Lucia procession. This year tickets will not be required for the church unless there is a sudden surge in Covid numbers.

If you are interested in taking part in the procession please click here.


One of Andersonville’s many traditional Swedish events, in past years, St. Lucia begins with a torch-lit procession down the sidewalks of Clark Street, kicking off at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 North Clark St. The procession highlight is the appearance of the specially chosen “Lucia Girls,” who will lead the crowd, wearing long white robes and beautiful crowns of candles and singing “The Lucia Song.” Children and adults also join in the procession.

Afterwards, all participants attend a Lucia celebration at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N Clark). The Lucia celebration features a telling of the Lucia legend, family entertainment, and Swedish holiday treats including traditional “pepparkakor” ginger snaps.

The Lucia festival is a popular, though relatively modern, tradition in Sweden and Swedish communities worldwide. Lucia was an Italian saint, born in about 284 A.D. in Sicily. Known for her generosity in feeding the poor and homeless, St. Lucia was executed at the age of 20 during the Romans’ persecution of Christians. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Lucia legend came up to Sweden through Germany. The first public Lucia celebration was held in Stockholm in 1927. The Swedes’ affection for the Lucia festival is due partially to the timing; Lucia festivals provide a ray of light during the winter solstice, the darkest time of the year in Sweden.

Almost every town in Sweden chooses one girl to be that year’s Lucia girl and lead the town’s Lucia parade. The chosen girl wears a white full-length chemise with a red sash around her waist, and a ring of lingonberry sprigs on her head. The wreaths hold real candles, which give the effect of a halo. The Lucia girl is joined by a group of Lucia attendants and Star Boys, who together form a choir that sing Christmas carols and the traditional Lucia Song. Individual families also choose their own Lucia – usually the oldest daughter — whose duties are to sing and serve the family saffron buns and peppakakor.

Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood was first settled as a Swedish farming community after the Great Fire of 1871, when Swedish enclaves on the near north side of Chicago moved further north. Today, Andersonville still honors its Swedish traditions, while hosting a vibrant, diverse community with many cultures.

Winter Market

Happy Holidays from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce!

This year we are one again transforming Catalpa into Andersonville’s very own Holiday Market that will include Swedish Vendors, Vintage Holiday Market Vendors and Local Artisans topped off with Simon’s very own Glögg and roasted nuts from Nuts to Go and photo opportunities with Santa. Our second Andersonville Winter Market will be in the Julmarknad-style (Good Christmas in Swedish)!

This is all possible thanks to our Andersonville Winter Market Sponsors: Edgewater Candles, Gift of Hope, Lady Gregory's, Thorek Hospital, Urban Pooch Canine Life Center, & Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center


We are looking for volunteers for holiday events! Click here to sign up

Friday, December 2 | 5PM-9PM

Early Entry 3PM-5PM | Click here to purchase! 
early entry is FREE for Residential Andersonville Chamber of Commerce Members!

Olivia Flanigan | Piano | 4:30PM-6:30PM

Chicago Tap Theater | Performance | 5PM

Lakeside Pride | Holiday Caroling in the District | 6PM-8PM

Holiday Trolley | 6PM-8PM

Santa in the District | 6PM-9PM

Dos Guitarras | Guitar Duo | 7PM-9PM


Saturday, December 3 | 10AM-7PM

Holiday Trolley | 11AM-4PM

Santa in the District | 11AM-3PM

Downstate Donuts | 11AM-1PM

Jim Tashjian | Solo Guitar | 1PM-3PM

Olivia Flanigan | Piano| 5PM-7PM


Sunday, December 4 | 11AM-5PM

Holiday Trolley | 11AM-4PM

Downstate Donuts | 11AM-1PM

Gordon Walters Trio | 1PM-3PM

 


2022 Vendors

ADORN Candles & Home Fragrance
Since 2015, Adorn has made custom wood-wick candles and home fragrances perfect for the holiday season. They will be featuring their new collection.

Blossom
Blossom offers "meditation in a mug" - barista-style instant lattes infused with the mental wellness benefits of meditation via clinically-backed superfoods. Plant-based, gluten-free, and organic with low/no sugar added.

Chelsea Dubick Art & Design
Chelsea Dubick is a multi-media artist specializing in ceramics and ink. She will be showcasing various sizes of custom mugs, bowls, platters, and vases, as well as a selection of alcohol inks.

Chicatolia Artisan Collective
Chicatolia products are inspired by the Anatolian arts. Anatolia was a home for many civilizations from Sumerians to Romans to Turkey, where also Santa was born. They produce leather bags, wallets, and journals, and provide many products that showcase Anatolian patterns and textures to meet this unique style with locals.

Edgewater Candles
Edgewater Candles are handmade in Chicago and Evanston. Enjoy seasonal offerings such as Woodsmoke, Gingerbread, and Mistletoe Evergreen, and be sure to check out your Zodiac scent too!

Ei Cullina
Ei Cullina will feature their hand-cut wood sculptures, wall art, lamps, wine racks, and earrings.

Facture Goods
Facture Goods will be showcasing their small batch handmade wares in clay, metal and wood. They are teaming up with Depy Zepo who creates works inspired by her Greek heritage in glass, clay and metal.

Fad2Fresh
Offering vintage clothing and knick-knacks!

Fjällräven
Based in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, Fjällräven is an outdoor clothing and equipment company that is committed to making nature more accessible. They’ll be at the Winter Market presenting their best Swedish styles in outdoor wear.

Funflector
Funflector specializes in locally designed premium Scandinavian-style safety reflectors for walking, running, and bicycling.

Indie-Pendant
Indie-Pendant will showcase their collection of Fair Trade mixed metal jewelry. Often utilizing recycled silver and set with or without natural gemstones. Bespoke commissions available

J&L Pogonotrophics
Offers original creations of men’s grooming products, oils, soaps, candles, sprays, etc. Styles suitable for everybody with a vast array of selections.

Janvier
Janvier creates all-natural artisan soaps and bath products. They will feature original products of varying designs, beautiful colors, and aromatic fragrances.

Jayco's Furry Friends
Offers the most original and fun dog coats, leashes, ponchos, bandanas, and more for your favorite furry friend!

Julie Dobies Art
Fine Artist featuring oil on canvas and original hand painted handbags. Featured in Country Living Magazine, Ballard Designs and many others.

Kierstin Siegl Handcrafted Furniture
Made-to-order, traditionally crafted, custom wood furniture. All pieces are designed and crafted by Kierstin personally. Existing designs are available and will be made to order. Kierstin also offers custom commissions for unique pieces that match your decorating needs.

Kotupha
Purveyors of luxurious gourmet popcorn. Product can also be purchased at Andale Market in Andersonville. Their top two products are El Diablo (a creamy cheddar cheese popcorn with a good dose of Chipotle spice) and Betta' butter toffee with peanuts.

Little Lotus Elixirs, LLC
Handcrafted skincare infused with or inspired by flowers and herbs grown right in their backyard. All of Little Lotus products are all-natural, and chemical free.

Lottie Dottie Vintage
Lottie Dottie has everything to satisfy your vintage design needs. An eclectic array of products, including dolls, dresses, bags, jewelry, and so much more. They will be featuring their current collection of holiday pieces.

Macramentadas LLC
A beautiful collection with a focus on jewelry, micro-macrame, beading, crystals, home decor, and artwork.

Molly Costello Art & Design
Molly is a cut paper illustrator selling reproductions of work and explores themes of interconnectedness, cosmology, mysticism, biomimicry, police and prison abolition as well as larger capacities for social transformation.

Nuts To Go Corp
Offerings fresh roasted nuts!

Pod People
Making vanilla pastes, extracts, and syrups by sourcing vanilla beans used by local breweries in their brewing process. Rather than sending these beans to the landfill, they extend their useful lives by turning beans into delicious pastes, extracts, and syrups.

Pretty & All Boutique
A woman-owned online boutique that offers a size-inclusive hand-picked, curated collection of trendy and affordable women’s clothing and accessories. They will be featuring their outstanding collection of fall and winter pieces.

Real Vintage Swag
Hand made art, jewelry, corsets, art lighters, and steampunk sculptures.

Salty Provisions
Handcrafted gourmet salts and seasoning blends made with Norwegian Sea Salt. Based in Rolling Meadows.

Simon's Tavern

David Jay Collins
Author of Summerdale, the first novel of an LGBT horror series set in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood.

StellaLily
Handmade art for your home & office.

Sylvia’s BackRoom
Where Vintage meets artsy at events. Featuring holiday and winter themed decor, wearables, and collectibles.

The Twentieth
The Twentieth is a stationery and gift line that brings Art Deco imagery into the 21st century with unapologetic and empowering language, and sells the antique original prints that inspire the line too.

Three Bees
Offering honey, pure beeswax candles, and body products.

Treats de Cuisine
Chicago-based cat and dog treat company sourcing from their friends at local farms and helping with zero farm waste to deliver sustainable, natural, and healthy tail-wagging treats for our four-legged friends.

Tribu
An independently owned and operated boutique selling unique artisanal accessories and incense made by indigenous women in Latin America.

Vintage Finds & Gems
Offering vintage x-mas, jewelry, and crystals.

WERIEM
A costume designer and illustrator (hand-drawn illustrations). Selling cards and costume design prints.

Late Night Andersonville 2022

DECEMBER 2 & 16

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is encouraging shoppers to join us for Late Night Andersonville this season.


Friday, December 2 & Friday December 16

Winter Market | 1500 W Catalpa | December 2 | 5PM-9PM
Edgewater Singers | Caroling | December 2 | 6PM-7:30PM
Holiday Trolley | December 2 | 6PM-8PM
Santa at the Winter Market | 6-7PM - Riding on the Trolley and walking the district, 7PM-9PM on-site
Windy City Performing Arts | December 16 | 7PM-9PM!


Local Promotions

*play | 5311 N Clark | December 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Complimentary gift wrapping

Ándale Market | 5232 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Give 'em the good stuff! Save 10% of any of the signature Ándale Market gift boxes

Andersonville Antiques | 5245 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
20% off select items

Andersonville Cryotherapy and Athletic Recovery Center | 5052 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
$30 Whole Body Cryotherapy sessions

Andersonville Galleria | 5247 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
New local artist showcases all month long!

Andies Restaurant | 5253 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Half of Swedish Glögg Special Days!

Big City Optical | 5653 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Regular store hours
30% off complete pair with no insurance, $49 dollar exam, 25% off sunglasses

Big Jones | 5347 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Entire whiskey list is half price when you present $100 in shopping receipts from any Clark Street retail business.

Boca Loca Cantina | 1477 W Winnemac | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
15% off bill

Bryn Mawr Jewelry Co. | 5139 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
20% off storewide! In stock merchandise only. Sale excludes loose diamonds, loose gemstones, special orders and custom.

Buffalo Exchange | 5252 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Regular store hours
Goodie Bags with $50+ purchase & opportunity to win $50 gift card

Chicago Dance Supply | 5301 N Clark | December 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Spin the wheel for prize or discount! Light snacks provided

Chicatolia Artisan Collective | 5209 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM

Dearborn Denim & Apparel | 5202 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
10% off your entire order

Early To Bed | 5138 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Free mini massage candle with $25 purchase

Edgewater Candles | 1050 W Bryn Mawr | December 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Special promotions!

ENJOY, An Urban General Store | 5307 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Will have Independent Makers popping up with them in their back room!

Fad2Fresh | 5653 N Ashland | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM

Full Kit Gear | 5021 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until 9PM
Holiday Sale! Mulled cider and Scandinavian Butter Cookies are back in store during events and weekends up to Christmas

GUS®| Original Gus Giordano Dance School | 5230 N Clark | December 9 @ 5:30PM
GUS® Holiday Show at Senn High School! Free to the public!

Hester | 5238 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM

In Fine Spirits | 5418 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Purchases of 6 or more alcoholic beverages will receive a 15% discount.

Kopi Cafe | 5317 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Regular store hours
10% off of boutique items with purchase of a to go drink. Sale items not included.

Kotupha | December 2 | Open until at least 8PM
"Sweet Heat", we will offer a holiday treat that will combine "El Diablo" with a sweet caramel or Betta' Butter Toffee.

Land & Lake Andersonville | 5420 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Happy Hour from 4PM-6PM

Lilla Barn Clothing | 5535 N Clark | December 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Visit their brand new location and enjoy warm cider while you shop!

Macramentadas | Online | December 2 & 16
10% off $50+ purchase

Milk Handmade | 5137 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM

Parson's Chicken & Fish | 5721 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Open until 10PM on December 16

Ranalli's of Andersonville | 1512 W Berwyn | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM

Rattleback Records | 5405 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Live musical performances featuring holiday jingles

RAYGUN | 5207 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Hosting local makers on their 2nd floor on December 2 from 3-8PM

Rose Boutique Photography | 5547 N Ravenswood | December 2 & 16 | Regular hours
Brand New Year Means Brand New You! Headshot Days winter offer includes multiple days and time slots. If you have any questions or want to suggest a time that is not available in this link, email at hello@roseboutiquephoto.com

Sandbox Baby Boutique | 5349 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Enjoy some treats and shop the limited edition Rylee + Cru holiday capsule collection on December 2 & shop the holiday collection from Petite Plume on December 16!

Simon's Tavern | 5210 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Glögg special

StellaLily | December 16 | Open until at least 8PM

Strange Cargo | 5216 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8 PM
Free Chicago flag button for all that ask on December 16

StudioUs | 4806 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Holiday Craft Night with Artists for Equity. All proceeds will be donated to Refugee One on December 2 and to Midwest Access Coalition on December 16.

Swedish American Museum | 5211 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
20% off Christmas Tree Ornaments

Svea Reastuarant | 5236 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Glögg special

Tasting India | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM

The Guesthouse Hotel | 4872 N Clark | December 2 | Open until at least 8PM
Holiday pop-up with Workshoppe Chicago featuring luxury artisan home goods

Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar | 5553 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Complimentary bubbles both nights, and a magician on December 16.

Vase & Vessel | 5135 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until at least 8PM
Enjoy holiday beverages and cookies as you browse a great selection of gifts, including home décor items, candles, blankets, houseplants and local art.

Women & Children First | 5233 N Clark | December 2 & 16 | Open until 8PM
25% off holiday boxed cards and 2023 calendars from 6-8PM both nights

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