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's features 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 04/30/2024: Please join to celebrate Syttende Mai in Park Ridge, Illinois on Sunday May 19, 2024. Details are on our Syttende Mai Page.

Posted 05/14/2024:
May Viking Ship Open Day, May 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm, Come see the Chicago 1893 World's Fair Viking Ship! 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM at Good Templar Park in Geneva, IL! Details are on the FOVS website.


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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 19, 2024, in Park Ridge, Illinois.


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

Reservations and luncheon details are available on our Banquet Page.

The 2023 Luncheon is Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the Park Ridge Country Club.


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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