New “Greektown North” Draws Families and Shops to the Chicago Suburbs

 

Papagalino Bakery and Cafe in Niles, IL is one of the most popular places to go in “New Greektown North.” Photo by Panos Fiorentinos

The Greek Star recently published a special, in-depth report on the growing Greek community in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago.

 

By WWII and thereafter, as Greeks moved up the socio-economic scale, and after the displacement of the original Greektown (The Delta), Greeks joined the pattern of affluent Chicagoans, and moved to the suburbs.  In the suburbs just to the north of Chicago, there is an area that, by some estimates, is home to nearly 10,000 Greeks.

Since Greeks have been moving north, so have the businesses. Entrepreneurs have found a niche to capitalize on—offering Greek food or Greek-related products and services to a growing population. This has created a new “Greektown North”—not to be confused with the ill-fated Greektown of the late 60s and 70s located in Lincoln Square, sometimes referred to as “New Greektown” or “Greektown North.” In fact, some call the area around Niles, Morton Grove and Lincolnwood (some will swap Lincolnwood for Glenview in this statement) as the “Tri-Greek area” or the “Greek Triangle.” Is this really a new Delta for Chicago-area Greeks or is this a fluke?

The newspaper explored these areas to determine their influence to the rising number of Greeks in the area. Several residents of the towns with the largest Greek populations shared their perspectives on why they moved to the area, what keeps them there, and why their towns are so attractive to Greeks. The report also contained a guide to businesses offering Greek products and services, as well as the churches and schools that serve these suburbs.

Established in 1904, The Greek Star is the oldest continually published Greek newspaper in the United States.