Travel 30 minutes by train from downtown Chicago and you’ll find yourself in Andersonville, one of the quirkiest neighborhoods in the northernmost quadrant of the city. Originally settled by Swedish immigrants, this small and lively neighborhood remains in touch with its Swedish roots. In fact, historic Andersonville continues to be one of the most concentrated areas of Swedish heritage in the United States, as evidenced by the fact that you’ll find everything from the Swedish American Museum — a popular local attraction — to authentic Swedish pastries and other treats within the confines of this Scandinavian inspired ‘hood. You’ll also find one of Chicago’s largest LGBTQ+ communities. A range of one-of-a-kind, locally-owned businesses have helped the neighborhood come to be known as the “shop local capital” of Chicago. The hub of activity in Andersonville is centered around Clark Street where restaurants, bars, and shops of all variety welcome locals and tourists in search of a taste of “off the beaten path” Chicago. Notable destinations include: The Chicago Magic Lounge, for a night of wizardry; Anteprima, a local staple serving seasonal Italian fare; and M. Henry, a popular all-day brunch spot with a heated back patio for outdoor dining.