Andover, Illinois - a hidden treasure you must see, where Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale, left a lasting legacy

Welcome

Andover, which celebrated its 185th+One birthday on June 5-6, 2021, 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.


Andover Adventures 2022 - Details

Many exciting events are planned for this year.


Apr. 9 Annual Easter Egg Hunt (rain date April 16)
May 14 Fishing Derby

Breakfast

Boy Scout Rope Course

Toddler Playground Dedication

Children's Activies

June 4 Andover Days - Past and Present

1k & 5k Bicycle Ride

Concessions

OHS Robotics Team Demonstration

Photo Scavenger Hunt & Open Houses

Outlaws Round-Robin Baseball Tournament

June 11 Pork Chop Supper

Ice Cream Social

Miracle Bluegrass Band

Orion Coummunity Band

July 10 Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast

Community-wide Worship Service

Salute to Veterans

Aug. 13 Water Games

Races and Relays

Mo's Garage Band

Sep. 17 Movie Night

Popcorn, pop, water, candy

Pre-movie Children's Activities

Oct. 29 Trick or Treat

or 30 Trunk or Treat

Hot Dog Supper & Costume Judging

Dec. 3 Annual Christmas Walk

Hot Cocoa & Cookies with Santa Claus

Vendors/Silent Auction/Crafts

Tractor-pulled wagons rides

Christmas Tree Lighting with Sing-a-Long

Special Music at Jenny Lind Chapel


Monthly events April though December

For over 35 years, Andover has held a festival the first weekend in June. After celebrating its 185th anniversary last year, with scores of visitors joining the festivities, it has been decided that this year a series of events will be held monthly from April through December. With the ten-acre Andover Lake Park being the center of activities, these events are being planned by the Andover Tourism Council and Andover Village Board, with strong support from area corporate sponsors.


Tourists Coming Back to Andover after Pandemic

This photo was taken on the front porch of the Jenny Lind Chapel on Saturday, March 5, 2022, when 15 students from Jönköping, Sweden and 20 students from Augustana College visited the Chapel and Augustana Church. Mark Safstrom, Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies, was the leader of the group.