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Chicago, Illinois

Swedish Immigration to Chicago, Dream of America Guided Tour, Swedish American Museum 

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Dive into the history of Swedish immigration to Chicago with a guided tour of the Swedish American Museum’s permanent exhibit, “The Dream of America.” Uncover the stories of real immigrants like Karl Karlsson, who left Sweden with his family in 1893, or Elin and Birgitta Hedman, who made the journey in 1924. Learn about what awaited the millions who came to America via Ellis Island and what life was like in Swedish neighborhoods such as Andersonville in Chicago then and now.


The exhibit examines topics such as why so many Swedes left their homeland and what they packed for their voyage, as well as careers they chose in the Chicago area and the social lives within their immigrant communities. Visitors will encounter authentic artifacts that reflect the experiences and perspectives of immigrants – from household items they brought from Sweden and travel items such as passports and steamship tickets to memorabilia from Chicago-based Swedish-American organizations and Swedish folk crafts produced in the United States and abroad.


The event is June 16 at 11:00 am, 5211 N Clark St  Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is Adults $4; Children/students/seniors $3; Families $10; members are free. Space is limited; reservations are recommended and can be made via email to

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