Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Andersonville is a residential neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. For most of the 20th century is was a destination for Swedish immigrants arriving to the metropolitan area. Like most ethnic enclaves, Andersonville saw much of it's Swedish-American population gravitate towards the suburbs after World War II. Yet many of the neighborhood's Swedish institutions and businesses remain, like the Swedish American Museum and restaurants like Svea. The quintessential landmark is the blue and yellow painted Anderson Water Tower.Today Andersonville is a destination for many new ethnic groups. It is also known as a welcoming neighborhood for the city's gay community.