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A Greek Journey in the Windy City

January 18, 2012

Come one, come all! Experience Greece in the Windy City! Navy Pier’s Neighborhoods of the World will introduce Greek culture to the city of Chicago on March 4 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Is everyone ready for this? I know we are; so dive right in and get ready to indulge in the rich culture of Greece at Navy Pier.

Greek people, places and culture are spread out around the city of Chicago. So take a journey with us and hold on tight!

Greeks in Chicago

Chicago has a rich history of influential Greek figures, one of which is Andrew Kopan. He was a dedicated professor at DePaul University and received the prestigious Via Sapientiae Award, which was DePaul’s highest honor. Kopan was also a prolific author, writing many articles and books including an article in Ethnic Chicago. Kopan was devoted to the Greek Orthodox Church as well, so much so that he was one of the founders of the Greek Orthodox Youth of America.

Greektown, situated along Halsted St., is the epicenter of Greek Culture in Chicago. From the foodand music to architecture and culture, Greektown is a place full of history.

In 1996, Chicago recognized the contribution that Greektown has brought forth to the Windy City with street renovations and the construction of traditional Greek pavilions at the major intersections in the neighborhood.

National Hellinic Museum and Cultural Center

The brand new National Hellinic Museum and Cultural Center, located at 801 W. Adams St., is where one can learn about Greek immigrant experience in America. The Museum has over 6,000 objects, photos and century-old books and textiles and is the only museum in the country devoted to the Greek experience.

Besides these wonderful people and places, there are many more in the city of Chicago. What has been mentioned is only a small taste of the Greek culture in the city.

Neighborhoods of the World at Navy Pier

Don’t have time to visit all these places in Chicago? No problem! The Neighborhoods of the World at Navy Pier on March 4 will have live music, dance, colorful costumes, authentic cuisine, folk art and more to help you experience Greece right here in downtown Chicago! The best part about Neighborhoods of the World at Navy Pier is that the admission is FREE!

That’s right, FREE, so don’t forget to mark March 4 on the calendar and have the time of your life here at Navy Pier! Opa!


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