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Your perfect weekend: Andersonville

This historic Swedish neighborhood has plenty of restaurants, bars and shops to keep you entertained for a weekend

Amy Cavanaugh
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Amy Cavanaugh
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Andersonville is easily one of Chicago's best neighborhoods, with an interesting history and a vibrant future. It's the perfect place for a quick and easy staycation idea, too, as the Guesthouse Hotel makes for a delightful homebase. 

RECOMMENDED: A complete guide to the Andersonville neighborhood 

Friday

Start with breakfast at Svea. Get the Viking Breakfast—eggs, Swedish pancakes with lingonberry jam, sausage, potatoes and toast. It’s a perfect intro to the historic Swedish neighborhood.

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Paul Fehribach mixes classic recipes and modern dishes on Big Jones’s Southern menu. Sip cocktails like a Sazerac or rum punch while grazing on house-made charcuterie. And you can’t go wrong with crispy catfish—lightly fried and served with grits and piccalilli. 

Saturday

11am: Coffee Studio

Refuel with a latte made from locally roasted beans at the nearby Coffee Studio. Snack on pastries, or grab a quiche, flatbreads or house-made ice cream.

1pm: Swedish American Museum

Study the neighborhood’s history at the Swedish American Museum, which showcases objects dating back to a wave of Swedish immigration two centuries ago. Check out “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits,” which opens April 1.

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Sunday

Indulge in brunch at Cantina 1910 and order inventive Mexican fare. Chili-spiced cinnamon rolls and roasted vegetable enchiladas are among the many highlights, while expertly made cocktails include red or green Bloody Marys.

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End with the Neo-Futurists’ Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. The show, which has run for more than 20 years in Chicago and features 30 short plays in 60 minutes, is an energizing way to close out a full weekend.

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