The Norwegian National League -a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization

The Norwegian National League is the place to celebrate Norwegian-American traditions.  We are the “umbrella” organization for many of the area’s Norwegian-American organizations. Learn more on our About Us Page. Learn about this new site HERE


Each year the league sponsors:


To connect with Scandinavian events in the Chicagoland area, we also publish:


Our member organizations represent a broad range of Norwegian-American organizations from Chicagoland and surrounding area. Their participation and support make the League's events possible. Visit our Members Page to learn about them and their events during the year.


 Posted 11/28/2021
Oleana's US representative has chosen Highland Park as one of only a few US stops to showcase their authentic Norwegian clothing items featuring gorgeous textiles and patterned wool knitwear.  Their sweaters are simply exquisite. While Oleana is very prevalent across Europe, they have just begun to develop their US market, and this trunk show will feature unique pieces that can only be found select boutiques in the US. Oleana is a family company founded in 1992 with the aim of creating new jobs in Norway’s textile industry, and all pieces are created and produced in their factory in Norway.

Oleana Illinois Premiere Trunk Show
Thursday, December 2 from 11 am to 4 pm
Annie Turbin Boutique
716 Central Ave
Highland Park, IL
**The Norwegian National League does not promote or recommend specific products or businesses but has included this information as the event is connected to Norway and Norwegian products.


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An annual event, the League presents a parade in celebration of Norway's Constitution Day in May. The NNL has done this uninterruptedly since 1900.

Our parade is normally on the Sunday after Mother's Day. Please join us and  march in our Syttende Mai parade and enjoy the festivities before and after the parade.

This year's parade is May 16, 2021, in Park Ridge, Illinois.


Photo attribution: Art Andersen
An annual event, the League presents a banquet in celebration of Norway's Constitution Day in May.

Reservations and banquet details are available on our Banquet Page.

2021 Banquet details will be posted when available.


To encourage the study of Norwegian heritage the Norwegian National League of Chicago offers a scholarship in amount of $1,000.00 and cash prizes to deserving students of Norwegian descent in grades 1-12 who are of Norwegian heritage and reside in the counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, McHenry and Will.

The entry deadline is March 1st of each year.


An annual event, the League presents a program in celebration of Leif Erikson Day in October to commemorate the early Viking discovery of North America. Members and guests lay a wreath at the statue of Leif Erikson in Humboldt Park to commemorate the early Viking discovery of North America.


Christmas Around the World Program

Each year the Norwegian National League participates in this program at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, decorates a Norwegian Christmas tree in November and presents a program of Norwegian music and dance in December.


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We also highlight the details of selected member's events like the ski club tournaments, Norwegian themed festivals and other events in the Chicagoland area which may be of interest to our website visitors.

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