Norwegian National League

The Norwegian National League is the place to celebrate Norwegian American traditions and connect with all Scandinavian events in the Chicagoland area. 

Check our calendars for upcoming member & special events.

GREETINGS from the President!

Thank you for your interest in the Norwegian National League of Chicago (NNL). We hope our web site helps you learn more about us, our member organizations and their events; as well as the events of other Scandinavian groups in the Chicagoland area.

We are the “umbrella” organization for many of the area’s Norwegian-American organizations and sponsor scholarships and three events during the year. Our main event is the Syttende Mai (17th of May) celebration with a banquet and a parade honoring the signing of the Norwegian constitution in 1814. Additionally we have, a Leif Erikson celebration where we lay a wreath at the statue of Leif Erikson in October, and present a program as part of “Christmas Around the World” at the Museum of Science and Industry in December. Read More.

Always check of calendar of member events and our calendar of a broader range of Scandinavian events and activities, but we thought we'd highlight some that are coming up soon.

Lorraine Ellen Straw

November 22, 1943 – December 3, 2016

We have just (2016-12-04) learned of the death of our member Lorraine Straw who died after an 11 month battle with brain cancer.  The family will be providing us with more details shortly. To give you some of the details we have posted a temporary obituary provided by Lorraine's husband, Perry, Details available on Skjold Lodge's news page.


December 4, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Attend Minneiirken's Christmas Concert, 6:30 PM, Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, Chicago, IL, refreshments following.

December 11, 2016 - 3:00-5:00PM

Join Skjold lodge at their annual Christmas party, 3:00PM to 5:00 PM, AYUA Ukrainian Center, 136 East Illinois Avenue, Palatine, Illinois, bring a wrapped present for Santa to give to children you bring. You can pay at the door but please RSVP so they can plan. LEARN MORE,

December 16, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Join the Bjornson Male Chorus for their Christmas Dinner & Evening of Music, Cocktails 6:30 PM Dinner 7:30 PM,  Avalon Banquets, Elk Grove Village, IL, John Lee 847-741-4210. Visit Bjornson Male Chorus on Facebook.

December 18, 2016 - 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Join Elvesund Lodge at their annual traditional Norwegian Christmas party, 2:00 to 5:00 PM, St. Michael's Church, 500 E. 31st St., LaGrange Park, IL.   Norwegian smorgasbord, dancing around the Juletre.  Bring a wrapped gift for our special Julenisse bag.  Please call for a reservation:  Linda:  847-224-2776.


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If you have any questions...

or would like to join us in our celebration of all things Norwegian, please contact us by email.