Free Greek Independence Day events. ΖΗΤΩ Η ΕΛΛΑΔΑ!!
Greek Independence Day Parade.
When: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 2:30 pm
Where: Halsted St. & Randolph St., parade heads south down Halsted to Van Buren.
Every year the Greek community celebrates it’s liberation from 400 years of Ottoman and Turkish occupation which occurred on March 25, 1821. The Hellenic Heritage Parade commemorates the 194th Anniversary of Greek Declaration of Independence.
Prime viewing is available from the Museum rooftop. Here’s more info about the museum.
Dining in Greektown:
- Greek Islands, 200 S. Halsted St., 312-782-9855
- Rodity’s, 222 S Halsted St, (312) 454-0800 Some people say their food resembles home cooked Greek food.
- Santorini, 800 W Adams St, (312) 829-8820 Fish flown in daily.
- Pegasus Restaurant and Taverna, 130 S Halsted St, (312) 226-3377. They have a rooftop patio.
- Athena, 212 S Halsted St, (312) 655-0000 Amazing patio.
- Artopolis Bakery and Cafe, 306 S. Halsted St.; 312-559-9000 (Pegasus sibling)
- Elea Mediterranean Food Market, 309 S. Halsted St., 312-207-1655 .
- Pan Hellenic Pastry Shop, 322 S. Halsted St., 312-454-1886.
- Eggsperience Pancakes and Cafe, 30 S Halsted St, (312) 929-2090
About Greek Independence Day
After four centuries of Ottoman (Turkish) domination the Greek War of Independence began in 1821.
Redacted from Brittanica.com:
On March 25, 1821…sporadic revolts against Turkish rule had broken out in the Peloponnese (Modern Greek: Pelopónnisos), in Greece north of the Gulf of Corinth (Korinthiakós), and on several islands. Within a year the rebels had gained control of the Peloponnese, and in January 1822 they declared the independence of Greece. The Turks attempted three times (1822–24) to invade the Peloponnese but were unable to retrieve the area.
Internal rivalries, however, prevented the Greeks from extending their control and from firmly consolidating their position in the Peloponnese. In 1823 civil war broke out between the guerrilla leader Theódoros Kolokotrónis and Geórgios Kountouriótis, who was head of the government that had been formed in January 1822 but that was forced to flee to the island of Hydra (Ýdra) in December 1822. After a second civil war (1824), Kountouriótis was firmly established as leader, but his government and the entire revolution were gravely threatened by the arrival of Egyptian forces, led by Ibrāhīm Pasha, which had been sent to aid the Turks (1825). With the support of Egyptian sea power, the Ottoman forces successfully invaded the Peloponnese; they furthermore captured Missolonghi in April 1826, the town of Athens (Athína) in August 1826, and the Athenian acropolis in June 1827.
The Greek cause, however, was saved by the intervention of the European powers. Favouring the formation of an autonomous Greek state, they offered to mediate between the Turks and the Greeks (1826 and 1827). When the Turks refused, Great Britain, France, and Russia sent their naval fleets to Navarino, where, on Oct. 20, 1827, they destroyed the Egyptian fleet. Although this severely crippled the Ottoman forces, the war continued, complicated by the Russo-Turkish War (1828–29). A Greco-Turkish settlement was finally determined by the European powers at a conference in London; they adopted a London protocol (Feb. 3, 1830), declaring Greece an independent monarchical state under their protection. By mid-1832 the northern frontier of the new state had been set along the line extending from south of Volos to south of Árta; Prince Otto of Bavaria had accepted the crown, and the Turkish sultan had recognized Greek independence (Treaty of Constantinople; July 1832).
The result of the Greek War of Independence was the creation of an independent Greek Kingdom in 1830, but with limited sovereign land. During the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, new areas were gradually incorporated into the Greek State. Greece’s sovereign land would reach its maximum after the end of Word War I in 1920. The Greek State took its current form after the end of World War II.
In 1974, after the seven-year dictatorship period a referendum was held and the government changed from a Constitutional Monarchy to a Presidential Parliamentary Democracy, and in 1981 Greece became a member of the European Union.