Andersonville Chamber welcomes back Midsommarfest this weekend

Tue. June 7, 2022 1:41 PM by News Staff

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Celebrating its 56th year, Andersonville Midsommarfest is back June 10 – 12

Andersonville Midsommarfest returns June 10-12 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The vibrant and diverse north side neighborhood of Andersonville will again welcome over 75,000 people to celebrate the Swedish summer tradition with eclectic music, great vendors, food and free kids' activities.

Now in its 56th year, the annual event presented by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is one of the oldest and most beloved street festivals in Chicago.

Midsommarfest 2022 kicks off Friday, June 10 from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. along N. Clark St. from Catalpa to Foster Ave. and continues Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

New this year, Friday night's festivities will expand an additional three blocks from Catalpa all the way to Foster, instead of ending at Summerdale as in previous years.

This year's festival will feature more than 60 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).

Saturday and Sunday bring the addition of the Balmoral Pride Stage (sponsored by Replay Andersonville/Elixir, Chicago Magic Lounge and Atmosphere Bar) and the Family Stage at Summerdale (sponsored by Rattleback Records).

New acts and returning favorites including Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute, Sixteen Candles, Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press, The Prince Experience and Dos Santos. The full entertainment line-up is listed below.

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 Company, Care For Real, Friends of Andersonville, Friends of Chappell, Helix Education, Lakeside Pride, Windy City Performing Arts, 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.

The three night, two day festival is produced by Star Events. 

The Full Midsommarfest Entertainment Line-Up:

Friday, June 10

NORTH STAGE (at Catalpa)

5:00 pm Vinyl Palace 

6:30 pm: DJ noDJ

8:30 pm: The Prince Experience

Opening night hosted by Molly Callinan and special guest State Representative Kelly Cassidy


5:00 pm Moose the DJ

6:00 pm ABBA Karaoke

8:00 pm Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE (at Balmoral west of Clark)

5:00 pm Drag Queen Story Time with Merriam Lekowitz

6:00 pm Midsommar Sweeties (drag show)

8:00 pm DJ KidRiot

CENTER STAGE (at Berwyn)

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm An evening of performances featuring trans and gender non-conforming artists. Full line-up to be announced.


5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Waldos Forever Fest is taking over Midsommarfest with a pop-up featuring live music, drag performances and other local artists. 

Saturday, June 11

NORTH STAGE (at Catalpa)

1:00 pm GUS Giordano Dance School 

2:30 pm Sam Fazio

3:30 pm Second City Outlaws

4:00 pm Cocoa Greene

5:30 pm Valebol

7:00 pm Mother Nature

8:30 pm Dos Santos


12:00 pm Swedish Jamboree/Opening featuring the Mathiasson Award and special guests 

2:00 pm Hugh Too

4:00 pm Love in October

6:00 pm Fiona Grey

8:00 pm Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE (at Balmoral west of Clark)

12:00 pm FREE PLAY! Cosplay Themed Drag Brunch w/DJ Niko

2:00 pm Accompanied by Alex – Live Piano Karaoke!

4:00 pm Disney on Broadway Live!

6:00 pm A Queer Pride Presents: MAYHEM

8:00 pm DJ Martin

CENTER STAGE (at Berwyn)

1:00 pm Lakeside Pride Latin Band 

2:00 pm Chicago Spirit Brigade 

2:30 pm Neptune's Core

4:00 pm BNNY

5:30 pm She's Crafty

6:30 pm Trivia with Stewpendous Productions

7:00 pm Bev Rage and the Drinks

8:00 pm Trivia with Stewpendous Productions

8:30 pm Ratboys


12:00 pm School of Rock Andersonville 

1:00 pm American Eagle Productions 

2:00 pm 3 Martini Jeannie 

3:30 pm Drag Queen Story Time with Mrs. Yuka

4:30 pm Rosalba Valdez

6:00 pm Justice Hill & Nightime Love

8:00 pm Chicago Soul Spectacular

Sunday, June 12

NORTH STAGE (at Catalpa)

1:00 pm Kung Lao and the Scorpions 

2:30 pm Glass Lux

3:30 pm Second City Outlaws

4:30 pm RadioGaga

6:00 pm DJ Dan Luna

8:00 pm Sixteen Candles


12:00 pm Dog Parade and Swedish Dancing

1:00 pm Nikki O'Neill 

2:30 pm Jesse White Tumblers

3:00 pm Hodie Snitch

5:00 pm Lynne Jordan & The Shivers

6:30 pm Moose the DJ

8:00 pm Too Much Molly Band

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE (at Balmoral west of Clark)

12 pm Unfriendly Black Hotties w/DJ Niko

2:00 pm Caitlin Simone featuring Lloyd Snyder

4:00 pm The '70/'80s Sound Live!

6:00 pm Hydrate Night Club Presents: Draglicious (drag show)

8:00 pm Dj Ca$hEra

CENTER STAGE (at Berwyn)

12:00 pm Al Rose 

2:00 pm The Oh Yeahs 

3:00 pm Chicago Spirit Brigade 

3:30 pm Walker 

5:00 pm Mel Senese 

6:00 pm Trivia with Stewpendous Productions

6:30 pm Dance Loud

7:30 pm Trivia with Stewpendous Productions

8:00 pm Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials


12:00 pm School of Rock Andersonville 

12:45 pm Windy City Performing Arts

1:30 pm The Locals

2:30 pm Drag Queen Story Time with Muffy Fishbasket

3 pm Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats 

4:30 pm Tears Dry On Their Own

6:00 pm Chicago Soul Jazz Collective

8:00 pm Sam Thousand & The Soul Vortex

For the full entertainment line-up, visit Performances are subject to change.