Norwegian National League

The Norwegian National League is the place to celebrate Norwegian American traditions and connect with Scandinavian events in the Chicagoland area. 

Check our calendars for upcoming member & special events.

GREETINGS from the President!

Thank you for your interest in the Norwegian National League of Chicago (NNL). We hope our web site helps you learn more about us, our member organizations and their events; as well as the events of other Scandinavian groups in the Chicagoland area.

We are the “umbrella” organization for many of the area’s Norwegian-American organizations and sponsor scholarships and three events during the year. Our main event is the Syttende Mai (17th of May) celebration with a banquet and a parade honoring the signing of the Norwegian constitution in 1814. Additionally we have, a Leif Erikson celebration where we lay a wreath at the statue of Leif Erikson in October, and present a program as part of “Christmas Around the World” at the Museum of Science and Industry in December. Read More.

Always check the calendar of member events and our calendar of a broader range of Scandinavian events and activities, but we thought we'd highlight some that are coming up soon.

Visit our
Scholarships Page

THANK YOU: Thanks to everyone who supported our member, Norge Ski Club and their annual winter Ski Jump Tournament, January 26-27. Follow our list of member events and activities. Our members would love to have you join them for their fun and interesting activities.



Skjold Lodge - Sons of Norway March meeting
March 17, 2019 -2:00PM

AUYA Ukrainian Center
136 East Illinois Avenue
Palatine, Illinois
2nd floor meeting room
The meeting starts with a heart-shaped waffle brunch!
Program :
Kathleen Ernst, award-winning, bestselling, author of thirty-six published books, which together have now sold over 1.7 million audio, eBook, and printed copies will discuss “Chloe Ellefson: The Stories Behind the Stories” (with a special focus on Norwegian culture and heritage). Those who have been reading the Chloe Ellefson series will be delighted to have a chance to meet the author.
Details are on THE SKJOLD LODGE NEWS Page.
Photo Credit: Kay Klubertanz

Trønderlag of America Heritage Tour of Norway

July 19-August 2, 2019.

A custom tour offered to non-members for the first time. This "small group" tour includes time in Oslo, travel by scenic train from Oslo to Trondheim, a visit to the stave kirke building moved back to Norway from Little Norway in Wisconsin, staying in Trondheim during “Olavsdagene”, Norway’s largest cultural celebration, with concerts, exhibitions, foods, and a medieval fair attended by over 165,000 people and also attend the “Spelet om Heilag Olav” (“The Saint Olav Drama”) outdoor performance often called “The Mother of All Outdoor Plays” at Stiklestad.

12 people have already made a deposit for the tour!

The tour company recently created a custom Norwegian tour for a Skjold Lodge family and is the company who created the tour for Norwegians who came to Chicago for the dedication at the Museum of Science and Industry the NNL attended. This is an opportunity to travel on a custom tour with venues not included on "conventional" tours offered by tour companies. Some details and a link to the tour website are at our member (Skjold Lodge's) website.


It's now even easier with the ability to use your Paypal account or popular credit cards. The details are on our "About Us" page.

Photo attribution: Paypal

If you have any questions...

or would like to join us in our celebration of all things Norwegian, please contact us by email.