Growing up my mom and grandma would pile my sister, brother and me into our plum-colored Ford Windstar and drive down into the city of Chicago. From time to time we would go into the city to visit one of the many famous museums like the Art Institute or the Museum of Science & Industry. If we were luck they even took us out to dinner and then to see a musical (although this didn't really happen until I was in high school). The idea that I grew up with was that Chicago was a place that we over ever went to for museums and Bulls games. You have to remember, I grew up in the time of Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippin and Tony Kokoc. Chicago basketball was in its hay day when I was growing up. For me things have changed quite a bit - I could care less about Chicago basketball. Or sports in general. Unless we're talking about the Blackhawks, that is a completely different story.
Asides from basketball and cultural outings to museums, most of our trips to the city were to go to Andersonville, a neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. This neighborhood is steeped with Swedish culture and history, now offering some incredible vintage stores, local coffee shops, and some of the best restaurants in the city. A doe-eyed 10-year old Tommy experienced Andersonville for two things - The Swedish American Museum and the Swedish Bakery. A now cultured 28-year old Tommy is able to experience a different side to the area.
Below is a list of some of my favorite things to do while in Andersonville. While you're looking for a morning cup of coffee, a little dose of history and culture, some retail therapy, or one of the best cups of glögg - there is something for everyone.
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