The Chicago Estonian House is a cultural center that offers a large number of activities:
Cultural Fund of the Estonian House
Cultural Fund of the Estonian House has been established to promote Estonian culture in Chicago. Thanks to the foundation, leading Estonian theater groups and pop and classical musicians have been regular performers at the Estonian House. Watch our monthly calendar for upcoming events.
Chicago Estonian School meets twice a month on Sundays. In 2014-2015 we had 50 registered students at six different levels. We teach Estonian literature, history, arts and crafts, theatre and much more!
The First Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Chicago was established April 1950 by refugees from Estonia who had fled their native country to escape religious and other persecution by Soviet Communists who had occupied Estonia during World War II.
Our church plays an important role in preserving the culture and heritage of the local Estonian-American community. People take comfort in being able to attend Estonian language services and in receiving the sacraments according to the traditions of the Estonian Lutheran Church.
The Band Esmaspäev
The Esmaspäev band has practices every week and performs mostly at Chicago Estonian House events. Esmaspäev has also been the warm-up group for many top bands from Estonia on tour in Chicago.
Esmaspäev was founded in 2003. Its founding members were Kaupo Mõttus, Aivo Entson and Meelis Vähi. A few years later, Mehis Vahtra joined. Over the years, a number of singers and players have come and gone. Today, the band members are Aivo Entson, Edgar Elbing, Mehis Vahtra and Meelis Vähi.
Sunday Lunch at the Estonian House
Come meet your friends and enjoy home-cooked Estonian-style meals in our dining room. Our volunteers prepare food to be served every Sunday at 1 p.m. Check the calendar for unusual closings.
The library is open every Sunday and by appointment on other days. You can check out a wide selection of Estonian-language books from classics to modern literature.
Bar Vana Tallinn
Vana Tallinn Bar in the Estonian House Basement offers Estonian beverages. Open for Sunday lunch and during special occasions.