Each year, Skjold Lodge celebrates Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day) with others of Norwegian heritage in the Chicagoland area. The Constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll on May 17 (syttende mai) in the year 1814. The constitution declared Norway to be an independent kingdom in an attempt to avoid being ceded to Sweden after Denmark–Norway's devastating defeat in the Napoleonic Wars.

Celebration Activities


*2018 Syttende Mai Celebration Concert
May 17, 2018
, 7:30PM

Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
2614 N. Kedzie Boulevard, Chicago IL
Free Will Offering. Refreshments served following concert.
Information: 773-252-7335.


May 19, 2018 - 6:00 PM
Park Ridge Country Club
636 N Prospect
Park Ridge, IL
Banquet details are at the Norwegian National League web site

May 20, 2018 - 1:00 PM
Syttende Mai Parade
Hodges Park, Park Ridge, IL

Pre-parade festivities begin at at 12:00 PM and include magicians and balloon art for children, crafts, traditional Norwegian refreshments, and entertainment. 

Post-parade festivities Pre-parade activities continue along with entertainment, awards, speeches, food, information tables and lots of photo opportunities on this fun day. Traditional dancers perform and you get to join at the end in the "grand march".

Contact Barbra Kronborg-Mogil 847-823-7596

**Always check the Norwegian National League web site for the latest information.

Syttende Mai Parade


WHERE TO MEET: Marchers gather between 12:00-12:30 PM near Nelson's Funeral Home at W. Talcott Rd. and S. Cumberland Ave.  The parade starts at 1:00 PM and lasts about 1 hour. 

DURATION: Marching time is about 1 hour.  You march north from Talcott on Cumberland until you take an angle to the right on Prairie (with a small park on the left) over to Main St. and angle right. At this point the railroad tracks are on the left.  The parade then proceeds on Main and curves right on Albion (with Albion, Main, and Courtland bordering Hodges Park) to pass the reviewing stand and then turn south from Albion to Courtland to drop off passengers and collect parade paraphernalia. Click/Tap on image for larger version.

Parade watchers line the street along the entire route, starting at Cumberland all the way to Hodges park.

Skjold Lodge Marches!

Want to march in the parade? - Your invited!  Skjold Lodge invites any interested people to join us. Just meet us at the parade area.

TIME: Meet between 12 - 12:30PM.
LOCATION: Park Ridge, Illinois, at Talcott and Cumberland.
PARK at Nelsons' Funeral Home 820 W. Talcott Rd. Park Ridge, Illinois. Each year, they generously give their permission - please respect their premises.
LOOK for our unit - units line up east on Talcott Rd. from Cumberland). We are unit #26.
BRING a small American  or Norwegian flag to carry and wave.  We will have extra flags for those who need them.
WEAR comfortable shoes and traditional Norwegian dress if you have it, or anything red, white or blue. In Norway men, women and children wear bunads (traditional Norwegian dress) or very nice clothing. It is not unusual to see a teenage boy wearing a business suit, white shirt and tie and girls in fancy dresses. We dress more casually, but you choose what is best for you.

Fun times: Bethany and Melanie Sorman, daughters of Laurie Sorman found a rather tall good looking Norwegian cardboard man at the gathering at Hodge's Park.