• Andover - a hidden treasure you must see; the place where Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale, left a lasting footprint


Having celebrated its 180th birthday in 2015, Andover is strategically located between the Quad-Cities (22 miles), Galesburg (28 miles), Geneseo (18 miles), and Kewanee (22 miles).  Within this western Illinois area of over 400,000 persons, you will find the amenities usually only offered in large cities:  shopping, educational opportunities, recreation, art, museums, healthcare facilities, and restaurants.

Served by Interstate 74 and IL Route 81, Andover is a community where some 600 persons live, work, raise a family, and retire.  Old historic homes are blended with new homes and historic buildings as you travel in all four directions from the former colony square - now the beautiful ten-acre Andover Lake Park.  This brief video and these photos highlight Andover's tourist attractions.

For information about the Andover Barn Quilt Tour & Andover Scavenger Hunt, click on the "Places to Visit" link at the top left of this page.  For answers to   the Andover Scavenger Hunt, please click on the "Special Days" link at the top left of this page.

Click on this set of pictures that were taken by SFC Wright, ASC PAO, at the Salute to Veterans service on June 8, 2014, at the Andover Lake Park. 

Painting by Jeff Selander for Andover's 180th anniversary in 2015 of the Andover Lake Park Band Stand, which was 155 years old then.  Prints available from:  jeff@jeffselander.com

Coming Events

Andover Christmas Walk 
Saturday, December 3 - Andover Lake Park & Nearby Sites

Andover Joy of Christmas Service
Wednesday, December 7 - Augustana Lutheran Church &  Jenny Lind Chapel

Community Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
Saturday, December 24. 11 PM -  Jenny Lind Chapel

Andover Christmas Julotta (early Christmas morning service)
Sunday, December 25, 6:30 PM -  Augustana Lutheran Church

Andover Christmas Walk 2016

Saturday, December 3rd

4:45-8:00 p.m.

 4:45-5:00 p.m.   Andover Lake Park Gazebo

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Sing-a-long

 5:00-7:00 p.m.  American Legion Building

Soup supper and Christmas goodies

Vocal Ensemble singing Christmas Carols

Holiday Crafts for the Children

A magician teaching magic tricks and making balloon animals

Christmas music played on the upright piano

Santa & Mrs. Claus handing out treats to the children

Silent Auction featuring a variety of Christmas items

Christmas Cookie Walk—an opportunity to purchase goodies for the holidays

Christmas Bazaar featuring various home-made items for sale

Snowman Display

 5:30-7:00 p.m.  Andover Lake Park

Tractor-pulled wagon rides (weather permitting)

Drop-off and pick-up by east pavilion

 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Jenny Lind Chapel

Tewanta & Company Trio, instrumental & vocal ensemble

The Orion Chamber Choir from Orion High School

 Stroll through the park to see the lighted Christmas displays

Drive around town to see the houses decorated for the holidays