After arriving in the 1840's, many of Chicago’s first Greek immigrants resided in a section of town just west of the Loop. With the development of the Eisenhower Expressway in the 1960's, Greektown was forced to move few blocks north to its current location in the Near West Side but managed to retain its strong sense of place and tradition. Today that heritage is celebrated at the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center as well as during the summertime Taste of Greece extravaganza, featuring food vendors, musicians, belly dancers, and acrobats. Known for its independent bakeries, gyro shops, and jewelry stores, Greektown also has a thriving bar scene, particularly at South Halsted establishments like Pegaus and Nine Muses.
For authentic fare try The Parthenon, where the “flaming saganaki” cheese dish, flambéed with a shout of “opa!” is said to have originated.
AmenitiesOpen / Closes
- Accessible by Public Transportation
- Centrally Located
- Good for Wandering
- Nightlife District
- Parking Available