5200 N. Clark, between Foster and Catalpa
Cost: $10 donation, free kids under 12
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 8-9, 2013
Andersonville, a neighborhood with roots dating back to Swedish immigrants who settled the streets north of Foster and east of Clark in the 1850s, puts on a summer festival that's fit for the modern era, but honors the neighborhood's rich tradition. A highlight of the fest is a Maypole dance, a traditional circular dance celebrated in Sweden during the midsummer. The kids' stage at Midsommar Fest also includes Nordic Folk dancers and the Jesse White Tumblers. Families may also bring their pets along and participate in the festival's pet parade, which provides a way for the entire clan to enjoy a lazy summer afternoon.