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Andersonville’s Hygge Fest Will Celebrate Winter With Pajama Run, Coffee Crawl

"Hygge" is the Danish ritual of celebrating life's simple pleasures, like being surrounded by friends during the year's coldest months.

Andersonville's second Hygge Fest will run Feb. 1 and 2.
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ANDERSONVILLE — A festival in Andersonville will celebrate Chicago winter survival with a coffee crawl and a 1-mile “fun run.”

The Andersonville Hygge Fest will return for its second year Feb. 1-2 with two days of events and special offers from Clark Street businesses. “Hygge” is the Danish wintertime ritual of celebrating life’s simple pleasures, like being warm and surrounded by friends during the year’s coldest months.

New at this year’s fest is the Coffee and Hot Cocoa Crawl, which will run 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 1. For $20, neighbors will be able to sample six drinks from local coffee shops, learn more about the brews and meet the people brewing coffee for neighborhood shops. The ticket also comes with a commemorative mug and a pastry.

This year’s festival will see the return of the Pajama Fun Run, a 1-mile race beginning at 9 a.m. Feb. 1 at Elixir Andersonville, 1509 W. Balmoral Ave. A suggested donation of $15 for the race will go to Edgewater charity Care For Real.

At least 17 Andersonville businesses will offer special events or discounts during both days of Hygge Fest.

On Saturday morning, George’s Ice Cream and Sweets will host its annual ice cream for breakfast event. There will be breakfast ice cream sundaes and ice cream flavors like loaded French toast.

For more adult treats, Hopleaf will host its sixth annual Super Stout Sunday with 41 winter-appropriate barrel-aged and other stouts on draft. The event will begin at noon Feb. 2.

The Swedish American Museum will host a soup and pancake pop-up cafe 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Swedish pancakes and traditional split pea soup will be for sale.

For a full list of participating businesses and for more information on the fest, click here.