Honor the 125 Year Spirit of the Danish Home of Chicago

Attend these special events:


April 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

The Danish Home kicked off its 125th Anniversary Celebration with a delicious luncheon event at the Hyatt Renaissance in Schaumburg and a focus on heritage. The Danish Home founder Emma Thorsen “came alive” through a fine portrayal by Karen Petersen in the dress of the day, while Chantelle Lingerie CEO and friend of The Danish Home Sonja Winther inspired us in her keynote address. John Thorsen, who discovered his great-great grandmother Emma Thorsen through our blog, The Hope Chest, and his family were our special guests. Wonderful raffle and auction prizes were also part of the day. Many thanks to The Danish Home Women’s Auxiliary for planning and hosting this event, our generous raffle and auction sponsors, and all who attended.

Women’s Auxiliary Events: 2018 Dates to be posted soon.


June 24, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

A great time was had by all at this family-friendly 125th Anniversary Celebration event on a beautiful summer afternoon and evening. People of all ages enjoyed Danish and American food and beverages, games, rides, face painting, balloon art, live entertainment, raffle prizes, activity tents and, in the evening, casino games and fire dancers. Special thanks to all who came out to celebrate our 125th anniversary with us and to our faithful sponsors and volunteers.

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

  • The Danish Home Foundation
    Berglund Construction
    Shirley & Jerry Andersen
    Irma & Peter Orum


Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
at The Danish Home of Chicago

Join us as Danish Chef Stig Hansen prepares some of Scandinavia’s finest dishes and pairs them with wine and beer to create a savory evening.

Pairings will be presented by Beer on the Wall’s Ryan Tracy, Owner/General Manager/Certified Cicerone and WineStyles’ Owner Emily Wilderman. You will be able to vote for your favorite spirit.

Price $125/person / Table of 8 – $900
(includes food, spirits and opportunity to win great prizes)

Limited seating available, RSVP required:


An Enchanting Christmas

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 5 p.m.*
Hyatt McDonald’s Campus
2815 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook, IL  60532

Join us for a festive night featuring dancing around the Christmas tree and visits/photos with Santa Claus. Bring a wrapped gift for your child from Santa. Many Scandinavian organizations will be joining us this year.Roast Duck, Roasted Pork, Frikadeller entrees

  • Roast Duck, Roasted Pork, Frikadeller entrees
  • Sandi Haynes and her 5-piece jazz band will provide the entertainment
  • Have your family photo taken
  • $125 person/$900 table of 8, children under 12 free, children 13–17 $25, complimentary beer and wine

*5 p.m. Church service
5:40 p.m. St. Lucia procession
6 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Afterglow caroling and dancing around the Christmas Tree

Registration Closed.

Submit your Scandinavian recipes, stories, photos, jokes, family traditions and more to our Facebook page and we will post them for everyone’s enjoyment. Top winners will be posted on our website and will be eligible for prizes.

No political or distasteful material will be posted. Only entries deemed appropriate by the review team for Danish Home of Chicago will be accepted.

Questions? Send us a message!