Independence Restoration Day in Estonia is marked on August 20th each year to celebrate the day in 1991 when Estonia regained the freedom it had lost to the Soviet Union more than five decades earlier.

Come and join Chicago Estonians to celebrate Estonian Restoration of Independence with food, music, folk dance, speeches and other fun activities on August 27-th 2022 in McHenry, IL.

We also have invited an Estonian nationally renowned folk musician Henrik Hinrikus to perform at this celebration. Henrik is helping lead a resurgent movement of folk music across Estonia with his dynamic solo performances of the accordion. Henrik has performed at over 800 events throughout the years and is a greatly accomplished, highly entertaining musical mastermind. He will be performing traditional Estonian songs on his Teppo’s diatonic accordion, many of which can be sung along to. Come along for a beautiful musical journey throughout Estonia’s history!

We also have a special quest speaker Kolonel Vahur Väljamäe, a member of Estonian Defence Attachés.

RSVP or letting from one of the ECSC board members know of your coming before August 20th, so that we can plan food accordingly.

Tickets before August 20th to EKSC members 50 USD and quests 70 USD. Later 60 USD and 80 USD.


We are also planning to host a first time ever Homemade Cake Contest. Bring your homemade cake to the party that our judges, special guests from Estonia, can sample and announce the best Cake Maker of 2022. Surprises for all participants. For registering or more information, please email

Happy baking!