oldest ethnic festival in Illinois, and believed to be the second oldestin the USA, the 100th Annual Swedish
Midsommar Festival is steeped inScandinavian traditions, with activities
that will please everyone.
Learn about sailing across the Atlantic in
the Viking ship Raven and enjoythe fun in the largest Maypole dance
in the Midwest, led by Linda andPaul Muir. See how Vikings lived at
the Viking encampment. A non-denominational worship service at 10 AM,
featuring the Swedesong GirlsEnsemble with Marguerite Karl, kicks
off the festival. Performancesby Swedish musical groups such as
the Nordic Dancers of Chicago, theSwedish American Children's Choir,
Chicago Spelsmanslag, the VikingVoices of Chicago, ErnieSandquist, The Kaars, and the Pearson
Family willplease visitors.
on a traditional Swedish pancake or fried herring breakfast.Swedish meatball dinners, sloppy Joes,
hamburgers, and hot dogs are alsoavailable. Dont miss the Swedish coffee
bread, the mazariner (almond)tarts, and other delicacies at the
Kaffe Stuga (coffee
to explore Scandinavian culture are plentiful at the festival.The Swedish Cottage Walk begins at
11 AM and continues throughout theday. It includes information about
the history of the 60 acre park. You cantry speaking Swedish with a mini-Swedish
lesson taught by Inez Tornblom.Viking Ship presentations will give
you insight in the replica of the originalGokstad ship that was built around
the year 850 A.D. The replica, called TheRaven, sailed across the Atlantic
and through the Great Lakes to become oneof the most popular attractions at
the 1893 Columbian Exposition.
Good Templar Park
is a beautiful nature preserve. The colorful cottages thatdot the landscape feature handmade
furniture, cross stitch samplers, tomte(gnomes), flowing lace curtains, and
fireplace mantles with wooden shoes.Admission is $5 for adults; children
under 12 are free, as well as anyone intraditional Scandinavian costume.
Parking is free.