Andersonville Midsommarfest is back for its 57th year

Fri. April 28, 2023 8:59 AM by News Staff

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Andersonville Midsommarfest welcomes summer June 9 – 11 (Full line-up below)

Andersonville Midsommarfest, one of Chicago’s oldest and most beloved summer street festivals, kicks off a busy and fun-filled summer on June 9 - 11.

For three nights and two days, the vibrant and diverse north side neighborhood of Andersonville will welcome over 80,000 people to celebrate a proud Swedish summer tradition with eclectic music, great vendors, food, and free kids’ activities.

Now in its 57th year, the annual event presented by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is one of the oldest and most beloved street festivals in Chicago.

Midsommarfest kicks off Friday, June 9 from 5 pm – 10 pm on Clark St. from Foster Ave. to Gregory St. and continues Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 from 12 pm – 10 pm.

This year's festival will feature five stages: the North Stage at Clark & Catalpa, the Center Stage at Berwyn, the Swedish Stage at Clark & Farragut, the Balmoral Pride Stage and the Summerdale Stage. 

New entertainment acts and returning favorites included JC Brooks, Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press, Chicago Soul Spectacular, Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute,  Cecy Santana, Cosmic Jaywalkers, and Sixteen Candles. 

The Balmoral Pride Stage, sponsored by Replay Andersonville, Elixir Andersonville and Evoke Tattoos, will feature Drag Queen Story Time with Merriam Lefkovitz, entertainment from Gabe Guthrie & The Galactic Ghouls, August Hotel, and Bev Rage & The Drinks. 

Chicago favorite Miss Foozie will host at Pet Parade on Sunday, June 11 starting at noon.  

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, Bowmanville Community Organization, Care For Real, Equality Illinois, Friends of Andersonville, Friends of Chappel, Friends of Peirce, Helix Education, Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, Windy City Performing Arts, local block clubs and more. 

Historically, Andersonville has donated back more than $180,000 to these participating organizations.

The Full Midsommarfest Entertainment Line-Up:

Friday, June 9

NORTH STAGE (Clark & Catalpa)

6:00 pm DJC

8:00 pm Rod and the Bench Press

CENTER STAGE (at Berwyn)

5:00 pm Things That Fly

6:30 pm The Clean Plate Club

8:00 pm Nora O'Connor

SWEDISH STAGE (Clark & Farragut)

6:00 pm ABBA Karaoke

8:00 pm JC Brooks

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE (at Balmoral west of Clark)

5:00 pm Drag Queen Story Time with Merriam Lefkovitz

5:30 pm Gabe Guthrie & The Galactic Ghouls

7:00 pm August Hotel

8:00 pm DJ and Drag Performance

SUMMERDALE STAGE (Clark & Summerdale)

5:00 pm Chicago Therapy Collective hosted talent

7:00 pm Chicago Therapy Collective hosted talent

9:00 pm Ariana DJ

Saturday, June 10

NORTH STAGE (Clark & Catalpa)

1:00 pm GUS Giordano Dance School

2:00 pm Second City Outlaws

2:30 pm Mama Dig’s Brass Band

4:00 pm Chicago Spirit Brigade

4:30 pm The Handcuffs

6:00 pm Mama Sam and Jam

7:00 pm Professor Pinkerton’s Irrelevant Orchestra

8:00 pm Chicago Soul Spectacular

CENTER STAGE (at Berwyn)

1:00 pm Lakeside Pride Latin Band

2:30 pm Windy City Cheer

3:00 pm 3 Martini Jeannie

4:00 pm Windy City Performing Arts

5:00 pm Neptune's Core

6:30 pm Justice Hill & Nightime Love

8:30 pm MIIRRORS

SWEDISH STAGE (Clark & Farragut)

12:00 pm Festival Kick-Off (Maypole Dance)

1:00 pm Swedish Jamboree

2:00 pm Hodie Snitch

4:00 pm Love In October

6 pm Planet Claire

8 pm Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE (at Balmoral west of Clark)

12:00 pm Making Art Your Opportunity

3:30 pm Piano Karaoke

6:00 pm Bev Rage & The Drinks

SUMMERDALE STAGE (Clark & Summerdale)

12:00 pm American Eagle Productions

1:00 pm School of Rock Andersonville

3:00 pm Kung Lao and the Scorpions

4:00 pm Drag Queen Story Time with Merriam Lefkovitz

4:30 pm Rosalba Valdez

6:00 pm Phillip Michael Scales

7:30 pm Ivana Tequila Ruiz, Jerika Thique, Giselle Brooks and Chifaguette

8:30 pm Special Guest (to be announced!)

Sunday, June 11

NORTH STAGE (Clark & Catalpa)

9:00 am Yoga with Be Yoga Andersonville

1:00 pm Chicago Gay Men's Chorus

2:00 pm Second City Outlaws

2:30 pm Dance Loud

3:30 pm Chicago Spirit Brigade

4:00 pm She's Crafty

6:00 pm Too Much Molly

7:30 pm DJ Dan Luna

8:00 pm Sixteen Candles

CENTER STAGE (at Berwyn)

1:00 pm Al Rose

2:30 pm Windy City Cheer

3:00 pm Tears Dry on Their Own

5:00 pm Indré

7:00 pm Tukkiman

8:30 pm Sam Thousand & the Soul Vortex

SWEDISH STAGE (Clark & Farragut)

12:00 pm Miss Foozie’s Pet Parade

1:00 pm The Jesse White Tumblers

1:30 pm Nikki O'Neill

3:00 pm Crocodile Rockstar

5:00 pm Moose The DJ

7:00 pm Lynne Jordan & The Shivers

9:00 pm Cosmic Jaywalkers

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE (at Balmoral west of Clark)

12:00 pm Disney Drag Show

2:00 pm Sam Fazio

3:00 pm Hawt Chicken

6:00 pm Drag Show

8 pm DJ and Drag Performance

SUMMERDALE STAGE (Clark & Summerdale)

12:00 pm Little Miss Ann Band

1:00 pm School of Rock Andersonville

3:00 pm Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats

4:00 pm Drag Queen Story Time with Merriam Lefkovitz

4:30 pm E. Woods

6:00 pm Jerason Dean

8:00 pm Cecy Santana