The Norwegian National League

is dedicated to keeping our Norwegian heritage alive by planning and hosting activities such as:
17th of May Banquet
17th of May Parade
Leif Erikson Celebration
Christmas Around the World


Organized and incorporated in 1899, the Norwegian National League (NNL) of Chicago exists for the purpose of uniting all Norwegian-American organizations in the Chicagoland area. The NNL serves as an umbrella organization comprised of delegates from these organizations. Through various programs, the League and its members endeavor to keep the Norwegian cultural heritage alive.


The League's annual events consist of:

  1. Presenting a parade and a banquet in celebration of Norway's Constitution Day in May. The NNL has done this uninterruptedly since 1900.
  2. Presenting a program in celebration of Leif Erikson Day in October to commemorate the early Viking discovery of North America.
  3. Presenting and participating in the Christmas Around the World program at the museum of Science and Industry.
In addition to its annual events, the NNL supports Norwegian heritage by presenting cultural programs and displays at schools, libraries, and other events such as: Leif Erikson Festivals, Holiday Folk Festivals and Scandinavian Festivals.


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 (drawings for the younger grades) on a Norwegian topic. Entries are due on March 1. Winners are announced in May.

Scandinavian Events Calendar

As a service to the Scandinavian community of greater Chicago, the Norwegian National League provides a comprehensive calendar of all local Scandinavian Events six times each year.


Delegates to the NNL meet six times each year.
While the core membership is comprised of delegates from the various Norwegian organizations, it is not necessary to be a member of a club to hold membership in the Norwegian National League. Any individual interested in the Norwegian cultural heritage and who can share ideas, volunteer time or offer financial help is welcome.
Donations, program book ads, and raffle ticket sales support these programs and events.
Donations for SCHOLARSHIPS and/or the PARADE may be sent to
Treasurer, Norwegian National League, Unit 118, 1041 W Ogden, Naperville, IL 60563
The Norwegian National League is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


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