Annual Gala

Online Aspire! Gala is held on
Saturday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m.

The Swedish American Museum’s annual fundraising event is a night of fun and celebration of Swedish and Swedish-American heritage and culture. This year the Gala will look a bit different.

This years gala will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m. It is a special virtual event (don’t worry not another typical Zoom meeting). As we are unable to hold this event in person we have created this special virtual event to start off our Aspire gala 2020. The event will continue on Sunday, May 23 with an in person (we hope) concert performed by this year’s honorees.

The event is free for Museum members and $25 for non-members.
Registrations received by Oct. 20 receive a special gift.

This year’s honoree is the Chicago Swedish Mixed Chorus. The Chicago Swedish Male Chorus was formed in 1938 when three Swedish singing groups in Chicago decided to merge. Over the years the chorus has grown as other singing groups decided to join and in 2017 the chorus decided to invite women to join and they changed their name to The Chicago Swedish Mixed Chorus to reflect the addition.

Silent Auction is online but you can
view the items at the Museum.
Sunday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m. – Sunday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m.

A silent auction will be held online. The auction will open on Saturday, Nov. 1 and end on Sunday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m. During this time some of the items will be on display at the Museum so you can come and see them in person. You will also have an opportunity to learn the online bidding program and start placing your bids. Note that the Museum will be closed on Monday, Nov. 2 and the items will not be on display on Tuesday, Nov. 3 due to the Museum being a polling station.

Click here to view the Silent Auction

To register for the Gala

If you are a Museum member please send an email to or register at the Museum or over the phone 773.728.8111.

If you are not a member you can buy your ticket using the PayPal link below.

If you would like the dessert (both members and non-members) use the PayPal link below.

More information on the silent auction will come soon.


To become a sponsor please click here.
To place an ad in our program book please click here.
To make a donation to our silent auction please click here.