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.
Mediterranean culture rules this weekend as nine Greektown restaurants and five musical groups take over the West Loop area with gyros and lavoutos. New this year is the gyro eating contest. Sponsored by Devanco Foods, eight people will compete to see who can eat the most gyros in the allotted time. Winners will have all the bragging rights and a $250 Visa gift card.
Artopolis, Athena Greek Restaurant, Mr. Greek Gyros, 9 Muses Bar & Grill, Parthenon, Roditys Restaurant, Santorini, Spectrum Bar & Grill, and Zeus Restaurant will be providing Greek cuisine. Hellas 2000, Hello Weekend, Orpheus Dance Troupe, and Linardakis Band will provide live entertainment. Learn some Hellenic dance moves Saturday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. from the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society.
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. 26–28 at 400 S. Halsted St. Admission is free. For more information visit chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=287.