After the harsh winter weather damaged the historic Swedish flag water tower tank in Andersonville, the Swedish American Museum has been on a campaign to restore the neighborhood’s iconic symbol. Their efforts continue today with Family Fest from 11am-4pm.
The festival includes games like the Swedish classic Fiskdamm (a fishing game) for little ones, the American classic bags for bigger kids (and kids at heart), and this is a great opportunity to have your picture taken with water tower tank, as it’s currently at ground level.
Chicago-based Crafthouse Cocktails will also be on hand to as part of their new recycling program to support the tank’s renovations. The handcrafted bottles were purified and given a second life with a special water tower tank restoration design. Today’s festival is your first opportunity to buy one for $10.
The charitable recycle program will provide hundreds of empty bottles for the museum and festival, and all of the proceeds will go to the water tower fund.
So far the museum has received just over $30,000 out of the estimated $150,000 needed to restore the water tower tank to the roof.
Photo credit: Swedish American Museum