Taste of Greektown Chicago Aug 23-25
When: August 23-25, 2019 Friday: 4pm to 11pm; Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 11pm
Where: 400 S. Halsted Street at Van Buren
Celebrate Hellenic pride at this annual culinary fest in Chicago’s West Loop. In addition to Greek and Mediterranean food there will music and entertainment including Greek bands and games for both kids and families. Opa!
- The Ambassador Public House
- Athena Restaurant
- Mr. Greek Gyros
- 9 Muses Bar & Grill
- Spectrum Bar & Grill
- Zeus Restaurant
History of Greektown from Greektown Chamber of Commerce website (redacted)
The first Greeks in Chicago arrived as ship captains in the 1840s.
They started out as food peddlers and became restaurant owners. Around the turn of the century, the Greeks concentrated around the Harrison, Blue Island and Halsted area, originally known as the as Deltaîbut later re-named as Greektown.
During the 1960s,Greektown was displaced by the Eisenhower Expressway and the University of Illinois at Chicago, forcing a move a few blocks north.
In 1968, gyros and saganaki (flaming cheese) were introduced in this country by Chicago’s Greektown.
From 1970 to 1990, most of the current restaurants and businesses opened, and the Taste of Greece summer festival began.
In 1996, the city of Chicago poured millions of dollars into street renovations and erecting traditional Greek temples and pavilions at the major intersections in Greektown in preparation for the Democratic National Convention.
Today, Old World traditions are prevalent in the many establishments and the language is still heard in the neighborhood.
The community comes out in full ethnic pride during the annual Greek Independence Day parade, the Taste of Greece and the days surrounding Greek Easter.