Thanks to Chicago's large Greek community, the city has a lot of fantastic, authentic Greek food. Most of the best Greek restaurants are family run and have been around for decades. They're centered along the gentrified Greektown neighborhood, on Halsted Street, just west of downtown (and near the United Center). There, a few city blocks are lined with fancy Greek restaurants, fast-food gyros joints, and family-run Greek bakeries serving hard-to-pronounce but absolutely delicious homemade pastries. There are even a few Greek columns, statues, and a National Hellenic Museum, so it's a nice area to walk around after your meal. Greeks like to take time to enjoy their food and wine, so don't rush your meal - enjoy the Greek music and decor, soak up the Mediterranean ambiance, savor the spectacular food, and slowly sip your Greek wine or shot glass full of ouzo. There are always special events going on in the neighborhood, so check greektownchicago.org for listings. Whether you're craving baklava, fresh olives and feta cheese, or lamb chops with Greek spices, you can count on USA TODAY/10Best to point you toward Chicago's best Greek restaurants.
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