Just when you thought Midsommarfest couldn't get any bigger - we decided to open the festival a day early by having an Opening Night Celebration from 5-10pm on Friday, June 8! It will feature a special performance by 16 Candles (7:00pm), as well as some of your favorite food and arts & crafts vendors from the upcoming weekend - and, of course, cold beer and sangria. The celebration will be held on Clark Street from Balmoral to Catalpa.
We are asking a $5 suggested donation for the event, with proceeds going to the Andersonville Development Corporation.
While Midsommarfest has always supported the work the Chamber does for the Andersonville business district, for the first time we will partner with the Andersonville Development Corporation (ADC) to raise funds to support their ongoing sustainable community and economic development initiatives. This includes continuing to provide technical assistance, consumer surveying and outreach, business advocacy, retail attraction and retention and eco-Andersonville programming for the benefit of all Andersonville businesses and residents.
Recently, ADC launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5600 to put in the first ‘parklet’* in Chicago on Clark Street in Andersonville. The response was incredible and as of two days before the campaign’s end they had raised $6398. You should be seeing the results of their efforts along Clark Street by July! Also, check out Green Week, eco-Andersonville's week-long celebration of neighborhood sustainability, happening July 9-15.
So, start your Midsommarfest weekend early by coming out to have fun and support the exciting things happening in Andersonville!
*A parklet is a small urban park created by replacing on-street parking spaces with a patio, planters, trees, public seating & bicycle parking. Parklets provide a public place for people to escape the hectic pace and clutter of city sidewalks and streets and enjoy the atmosphere of the city around them.