Little talked about but just as delicious as any Chicago neighborhood, Greektown has a pantheon of flavors, and you can sample them all at Taste of Greektown this weekend.
Running Friday, Aug. 24 through Sunday, Aug. 26th, Mediterranean culture rules as 11 restaurants and Greek bands take over the West Loop area with gyros and laoutos. Lively Greek bands, dance troupes, local musicians and The Jesse White Tumblers will perform throughout the weekend, and attendees can also participate in fun activities, like a gyro eating contest, to take their Greek food tasting to the next level.
The aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire brought many of the first Greeks, most ship captains, to Chicago who had heard about work opportunities. Originally residing in around the Harrison, Blue Island and Halsted area most moved to the current location of Greektown after the construction of the Eisenhower Expressway. Greektown’s popularity grew when the restaurants in the area introduced the gyro and flaming saganaki to Americans.
Taste of Greektown takes place Aug. 24 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Aug.25-26 from noon to 11 p.m. at 400 S. Halsted St. Admission is free. For more information visit chicagoevents.com/events/tasteofgreektown/.