"Ethnic neighborhoods: Greek" Chicago Favorite Tip by dlandt

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by dlandt

Favorite thing: If you asked most people in Chicago, where a Greek neighborhood is, they would almost automatically say, "Greektown". And they are definitely right. Greektown is just a little west of the Loop along Halsted between Madison and Adams. Greektown is an attractive place to eat if you prefer to avoid the snobbiness and expense of downtown, while still maintaining your human dignity. Greektown has a quality to it that is a little preserved, its geared for tourists, and designed to draw people who want Greek things. You can buy Greek wine, drink ouzo, hear Greek music and eat Greek food, even buy Greek candles or books. This web page describes it a little better than I can: http://www.chicagogreektown.com/PAGE2.HTM For those of you who are a bit more adventurous, there is another area I would recommend. Its not as pretty or as fleshed out as Greektown, and a number of Bulgarian places have recently opened there as well, but the area around Lawrence and Rockwell has a number of very interesting places to visit. Nothing there is ultra ultra, but there are some bakeries and restaurants, you can buy food Greek food and wine in the local stores, stuff like that. Its not geared for tourists in even the slightest fashion and I really only recommend it for serious off the beaten path types. This neighborhood is normally quite safe, but exercise some caution late at night.

Fondest memory: Greekfest

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 20, 2003
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