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>


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 05/11/2021
Tordis passed away Monday, April 26, 2021, at 9:22 am at her home in, Plano, TX.
A mass of Christian burial was held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Michigan City, Indiana with burial there.
Condolences can be sent in care of 3825 Evesham Dr. Plano, Tx. 75025.
More details and the obituary are on the Skjold Lodge news page including a link to a nice remembrance of Tordis posted on Youtube.

Posted 04/03/2021 SYTTENDE MAI PARADE: We will be able to have a Syttende Mai parade! Because of Covid-19, we will have to modify what we are allowed to do but hope you will join us celebrating this special day as best as we are able. The parade will be Sunday, May, 16, 2021, 1:00PM at Cumberland Park in Park Ridge Illinois. Learn more on our parade page.

Posted 04/03/2021 Påskekrim: For those of you reading your crime novels at this time of year, bestselling author Kathleen Ernst is just releasing her latest novel, "The Weaver's Revenge" with a free online event. Working as Curator of Interpretation and Collections for 12 years at the outdoor living history museum, Old World Wisconsin, Ms. Ernst has woven this experience into the award-winning Chloe Ellefson series she discussed at Skjold Lodge's March 2019 meeting. Learn more about the Wednesday, May 12, at 7PM CT free online event at
Kathleen Ernst writes award-winning mysteries, historical fiction, and non-fiction for adults and young readers. Her work has earned numerous honors, including two lifetime writing achievement awards, an Emmy for educational television, and an Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie mystery award nominations. To date nearly 1.8 million audio, ebook, and print copies of Kathleen's thirty-eight published books have been purchased.


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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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