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Andersonville - One of Chicago's Most Popular North Side Neighborhoods!

Andersonville is a neighborhood (located in the Edgewater community area) on the North Side of Chicago, about five miles (8 km) north-northwest of the city’s downtown. Once a sleepy little village made up primarily of Swedish immigrants, Andersonville is now one of Chicago’s most popular north side neighborhoods. The community is particularly known for its diversity, including a continued Swedish cultural presence led by the Swedish American Museum, the Swedish Bakery and other Swedish delicatessens. A significant number of Middle-Eastern businesses, a new influx of families with children, and a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender (LGBT) population all makes this a very diverse population. The LGBT community of Andersonville was showcased in the 1994 lesbian themed movie Go Fish. It is also known for its unique commercial district, made up almost entirely of locally owned, independent shops, restaurants, and service providers. Andersonville does however have a growing number of nationally known chains including a Starbucks Coffee, McDonald’s, and a recently opened Subway restaurant.

The approximate street boundaries of Andersonville, as defined by the City of Chicago, are Winthrop Avenue to the east, Ravenswood Avenue to the west, Foster Avenue to the south, and Bryn Mawr Avenue to the north. The heart of the Andersonville commercial district is the corner of Clark Street and Berwyn Avenue (5300 N. Clark Street).

Andersonville neighborhood

Andersonville neighborhood

The main shopping street is North Clark Street, which runs roughly north-south. The stretch of Clark Street south of Foster Avenue (where Andersonville has expanded across community boundaries into northern Uptown) is sometimes called South Foster, or SoFo. Some maps show the entire stretch between Foster and Lawrence as Andersonville Terrace; although this name is seldom used by residents, realtors have recently started using it again for the area as far south as Argyle Street, in an attempt to capitalize on Andersonville’s popularity. The stretch north of Bryn Mawr still retains a good number of Hispanic-owned business as well as some restaurants and cafes serving Andersonville’s more recent transplants.

Ann Sather in Andersonville

Ann Sather in Andersonville

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