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


Andover, which celebrated its 180th birthday in 2015, 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.

The Andover showing of the documentary, Sons & Daughters of Thunder, has been set  by Kelly & Tammy Rundle, the director and producer from Fourth Wall Films.,  The documentary, which was partially filmed at the Jenny Lind Chapel, will be shown on Saturday, March 30, 2019, 7:30 pm, at Augustana Church in Andover.   This will be a benefit, with donations going to the Jenny Lind Chapel.  The premier of this film will be held at the Putnam National Geographic Theater in Davenport on Saturday, March 9, 6:30 pm.  It will also run on PBS stations.

Based on a play, Sons & Daughters of Thunder tells the unforgettable true story of the beginning of the end of slavery in America.  In 1834, eighteen  days of student-sponsored debates were held at Lane Seminary in Cincinnati, OH, (this is the segment filmed at the Jenny Lind Chapel).  This shocking oratory sparked intense controversy and awakened a young Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin") to the realities of slavery.  Fourth Walls Films is an award-winning and Regional Emmy® nominated independent film and video production company, formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in the Quad Cities.

Andover Christmas Walk 2018

Saturday, December 1st

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

**All events will be in the lower level**

Soup supper with Christmas goodies for dessert

Holiday Craft/Card Making

Face Painting for the Children

Special visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus


     5:30-7:00 p.m.  Andover Lake Park

Tractor-pulled wagon rides (weather permitting)

Drop-off and pick-up by east pavilion


 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Jenny Lind Chapel

Tewanta & Good Company, instrumental & vocal ensemble  6:30-7:30

The Orion Chamber Choir from Orion High School  7:30-8:00


Stroll through the park to see the lighted Christmas displays

Drive around town to see the holiday decorations

 See the Historic Bandstand Refurbishing Project 

click on "History" link at top left for details 

2018 Events in Andover

Celebrating the Bicentennial
of the State of Illinois

Sunday, April 29, 4 PM – Augustana Founders Day                         Service – Jenny Lind Chapel  
        See jennylindchapel.org for details
Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & 3 – “More Fun on 81”                     Festival - Andover Lake Park & nearby sites 
    Click "June  Festival" link at top  for details
Sunday, September 30, 4 PM – Annual Swedish Service                  – Jenny Lind Chapel 
        See jennylindchapel.org for details
Saturday, December 1, 4:45 PM-8 PM – 29th annual                 Christmas Walk – Andover Lake Park, Legion Bldg. &                             Jenny Lind Chapel
Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 PM – 48th annual Joy of             Christmas with Augustana College – Augustana                                         Lutheran Church & Jenny Lind Chapel

Monday, December 24, 11 PM – Community Candlelight Christmas Eve Service – 

                Jenny Lind Chapel


Tuesday, December 25, 6:30 AM – 168th annual Julotta (early Christmas morning service) – Augustana Church