Norwegian National League

The Norwegian National League is the place to celebrate Norwegian American traditions and connect with 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.

***COMING EVENT HIGHLIGHTS***
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.

SYTTENDE MAI 2018:
Soggy but fun!

It rained a lot just before the parade was to start, but luckily, the skies cleared and the parade continued. As our Norwegian relatives tell us "there is no bad weather, only bad clothing". The crowd was smaller and the also the parade but we were still welcomed by parade watchers as we marched to Hodges Park.

Thanks to all who participated and those who worked so hard to make this a fun day.

We had speeches, Norwegian food from Tre Kroner and good times with our fellow Norwegians. Those of you who had a chance to enjoy the Norwegian cookies from Elvesund Sons of Norway Lodge had a real treat. Phil Robinson baked right up to parade time and offered a wide variety of excuses to eat flour, butter, sugar and delicious spices. Phil, you're a gem!



THE SYTTENDE MAI ACTIVITIES ARE OVER BUT YOU CAN STILL DONATE
EVERY DOLLAR HELPS!

PLEASE HELP WITH A DONATION


NEW IN 2018 is a "GO FUND ME" page where you can help us make this event possible. Click/Tap on the GoFundMe logo to make a donation.  Please tell others about this new way of supporting this fun annual event.

Sponsoring the Syttende Mai parade is expensive. We appreciate all financial support we receive. Our costs average $6,000 - $8,000 to cover insurance for the day, facilities, city fees, parade groups, etc.

Funding is achieved through the sale of program book advertisements/greetings, sales at our table in Hodges Park during the parade, and private donations.  We hope you continue to support the parade and encourage you to donate now.
The GoFundMe goal is $15,000. Contributions not used for the 2018 Norwegian Day Parade will be allotted towards future Norwegian Day parades.


SUPPORT THE NORWEGIAN NATIONAL LEAGUE!

It's now even easier with the ability to use your Paypal account or popular credit cards. The details are on our "About Us" page.

Photo attribution: Paypal



If you have any questions...

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