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Glögg Comes Early To Andersonville

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Oct 22, 2010 8:30PM

2010_10_22_glogg.jpg Andersonville has long been synonymous with glögg in this city and here at Chicagoist we know a thing or two about making our own. Personally, I always preferred the glögg recipe the late Hans Gotling perfected that was served at Hopleaf over that of Simon's Tavern. But Gotling's passing freed Hopleaf's Michael Roper of the obligation for serving it. Now Simon's is the destination.

Digressing, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and Simon's are teaming up to give you an opportunity to taste the first batch this season's glögg with a "St. Morten's Glöggfest" on November 20 at the Swedish American Museum. The Saturday before Thanksgiving is always recognized in Andersonville as "St. Morten's Day," usually with a procession of holiday and Scandinavian luminaries and the lighting of Andersonville's holiday lights. Glöggfest attendees will have a chance to taste both Simon's traditional version of the mulled wine beverage and the debut of Simon's first-ever white glögg. To make sure you aren't three sheets to the wind, Svea restaurant will provide the food and singer-songwriter Daphne Willis will provide what entertainment getting faced on hot spiced wine doesn't. If you're down for double, the afterparty shifts to Simon's.

St. Morten's Glöggfest, 7-11 p.m. November 20 at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.). Purchase tickets at or call 773-728-2995.