Tre Kronor, which describes itself as “Chicago’s Nordic Bistro” is a Scandinavian (mostly Swedish) restaurant that’s been a local favorite in North Park for over 20 years. Their menu offers familiar and not-so-familiar dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. “Tre Kronor” means “three crowns,” which refers to the national symbol of Sweden and is also the name of its hockey team.
The best way to experience Tre Kronor is to make reservations for Julbord, a fabulous holiday tradition held annually just before Christmas. Swedish cuisine is famous for the smorgasbord, a buffet-style feast featuring hot and cold dishes. A Julbord (pronounced like “Yule board”) is a smorgasbord that has upped its game for the Christmas season.
Tre Kronor’s Julbord features cured meats, cheeses, lox, herring, meatballs, lutefisk (preserved fish), ham, and many other delicacies. Beverages include glogg (mulled wine), dark beer, and shots of flavored liqueurs accompanied by a singalong of traditional Swedish drinking songs.
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