What’s In a Danish Name?

Mia – March 5, 2018 When I was a kid, my dad would entertain me with stories of his childhood in Racine, Wisconsin. The town has one of the largest Danish-American populations in the U.S., and he would tell me about Mrs. Jensen, his first grade teacher; Dr. Rasmussen, the family physician; Rev. Larsen, pastor of…

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So Many Men in Scandinavia

Ingrid – February 19, 2018 I like to keep up with Scandinavian news, not just because I am Danish-American, but also because my visits to The Danish Home to see my roommate Lindsay’s grandfather, “Farfar,” have become more and more frequent, and I love discussing news from the homeland with him. Recently, while browsing the…

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February, Frost and Fun!

Lili – February 5, 2018 “I hate February!” complained my youngest, Anna. “Christmas is over, the weather is miserable and there’s nothing to do!” I think a lot of people would agree, which is why it’s important to find some fun things happening at this time of year. Memories of families gathered around the fire…

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Future Queen Dresses Up Danish Fashion

Mia – January 29, 2018 One of my favorite teenage pastimes was settling into an over-sized armchair with a stack of my mother’s fashion magazines. I loved the sophisticated clothes and was fascinated by the lives and life styles depicted in those glossy photos. I haven’t lost my love for fashion, although these days I…

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Sisters in Solidarity Around the World

Ingrid – January 22, 2018 Along with about 300,000 people, mostly women of all backgrounds and several men too, I took to the streets this past Saturday in Chicago’s Women’s March. While there are many reasons people marched, for me it was mostly to honor my great-great-great-grandmother Olivia Rose, who joined 11 other revolutionary women…

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Band of Brothers – And Sisters

Lili – January 15, 2018 One New Year’s Resolution that I haven’t broken yet is to make a weekly visit to The Danish Home. Even though I’ve lived in Chicago all my life, I am still not a fan of the snowy, frigid winters. But if there’s one place that’s worth the trip out in…

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Is Copenhagen the Next Tech Capital?

Ella – January 8, 2017 Like many Americans, furniture design (think IKEA) and architecture come to mind when I think of industry in Denmark. While it isn’t entirely a misconception, I realize it’s like saying pizza is the dish of Chicago, when everyone knows we have some world-renowned cuisine. So, I was intrigued to read…

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