Granddaddy of Illinois Festivals Worth the Commute

June 22, 2010

The largest Swedish festival in America is happening 40 miles west of Chicago this week.

Coined the “Granddaddy of Illinois Festivals,” the town of Geneva has hosted its popular Midsommar Swedish Days Festival for 61 years. The celebration is set for Tuesday through Sunday, and more than 200,000 adults, children and pets are expected.

Yes, there will be a pie-eating contest too.

The six-day party that celebrates Geneva’s Swedish heritage and the arrival of summer will have carnival rides, games, food, live music, a craft show, lots of kid’s events, a pet parade and Rosemaling, which is Norwegian flower painting.

There’s a Creation Station, where you can make your own masterpiece, and the Geneva Green Expo, where you can find eco-friendly products and services by local merchants.

The renowned Grand Parade kicks off on Sunday.

If you fall in love with Geneva while you are there and decide to make a move, check out Mill Creek, a new construction development that was named Best Overall Community in the Midwest by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

This ammenity-rich community offers 15 miles of walking and bike trails, a pool, two golf courses, a community center, a community church, over 650 acres of open space, tons of parks, an on-site acclaimed elementary school and a downtown area with plans for shopping, office space and luxury apartments.

What: Geneva’s Midsommar Festival — Swedish Days

Where: Downtown Geneva, S. Third St. and W. State St. (Route 38)

When: Tuesday, June 22 to Sunday, June 27; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Call: (630) 232-6060 or visit www.genevachamber.com for more information

Categories: Events, Kane County

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