The Consulate General of Greece in Chicago, in cooperation with the City of Chicago and the National Hellenic Museum presented the cultural celebration “A Greek Journey in the Windy City,” part of the Neighborhoods of the World program. The event drew a capacity crowd to the Crystal Gardens at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier.
The event presented various aspects of Greek culture, including performances by the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society as well as the Chicago Hellenic Choir, plus live music, activities for children, dance lessons and more. Since cuisine is a big part of the Greek culture, well-known Greektown restaurants served traditional dishes. Food manufacturers Olympus Greek Yogurt and El Greg, Inc. were also on hand with samples of their tasty treats, which are just beginning to appear in stores in the Chicago area. There was also a wine tasting courtesy of Averof Wines and Terlato Wines.
Additionally, a pictorial presentation by the National Hellenic Museum illustrated the history of Chicago’s Greeks, as well as Greeks in the United States.
Chicago is famous for its ethnic neighborhoods. Therefore, each Sunday from February 6 – April 3, Navy Pier is host to celebrations honoring these ethnic communities with this new performance series. Each group presents a program highlighting their culture through music, dance, colorful costumes, authentic cuisine, and local vendors selling folk arts.