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 new site HERE> <Old website temporarily HERE>




WE SPONSOR:

Each year the league sponsors:

WE PUBLISH:

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

OUR MEMBERS:

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.



 
CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS


Posted February 8, 2021
EVENT DATE
MINNEKIRKEN IN-PERSON WORSHIP WILL BE AVAILABLE
The first two Sundays are:
*February 14, 2021
*February 28, 2021

Minnekirken is opening for “in person worship” on 2nd and 4th Sundays. Communion will be offered at all in-person services.

Services are currently "virtual" and can be accessed via Facebook Live and Zoom online.
The limited in-person services  have strict guidelines and advanced reservations are required.
On Sundays when in-person worship is available, you may still use the links on their events web page to join the service remotely
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Posted January 30, 2021(Updated February 8, 2021)
EVENT DATES
WEBINAR - "Travel in a post-COVID world".
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2021
Episode 2 - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2021, 7:00 - 7:30PM
On-line only - FREE.
Getting tired of staying at home too much during this crazy corona virus? Looking for something interesting to do from home that is connected to Norway? Dreaming of fjords and forests after a year of social distance? A FREE webinar sponsored by Norway House in Minneapolis might just help.
Part 1 January 28 | Getting Around in Norway. COMPLETED
Part 2: February 25 | How to pair Norway with travel to other Nordic countries.
Part 3: March 25 | Travel Post-COVID.
Skjold Lodge has posted the details at their web site. 



Posted: January 7, 2021
2021 SCHOLARSHIP FORMS NOW AVAILABLE!
To encourage the study of Norwegian heritage the Norwegian National League has developed and administers a scholarship program open to children of Norwegian descent in grades 1-12. The students research and write a paper on the topic “Your Family’s Norwegian Heritage” (see the Scholarship Writing Guide for guidance).  The younger grades will submit a drawing on a Norwegian topic.
Entry deadline is March 1, 2021


MEETING/EVENT CANCELLATION/DELAY: Many meetings and events are being cancelled due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We will post the details here as we learn more. Photo attribution: Creative commons CCO / Pixabay.com


SYTTENDE MAI PARADE

Photo attribution: Creative commons CCO / Pixabay.com
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 TBA, 2021, in Park Ridge, Illinois.

SYTTENDE MAI BANQUET

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.
 

SCHOLARSHIPS

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.


LEIF ERIKSON CELEBRATION

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

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.

OTHER EVENTS


Photo attribution: Creative commons CCO /clipart-library.com

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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