Thanks to Chicago's large Greek community, the city offers plenty of appealing Greek food. Most of the best Greek restaurants are family run and have been around for decades. Greek Islands, for example, has been entertaining taste buds since 1971. A good number are centered along the gentrified Greektown neighborhood, on Halsted Street, just west of downtown and not too far from United Center. The couple of city blocks are lined with colorful Greek restaurants, fast-food gyros joints, and family-run Greek bakeries serving impossible-to-pronounce but absolutely delicious homemade pastries. If you're having lunch, stop at the National Hellenic Museum for a shot of history. When you're on the North Shore, Avli Estiatorio is your Greek archipelago and Wicker Park claims Taxim, with an all-Greek wine list and a menu that delights lamb lovers as well as vegans.
Greeks, like most Europeans, like to take time to enjoy food and wine, so don't rush - enjoy the Greek music and decor, soak up the Mediterranean ambiance, savor the spectacular food, and order another glass of Greek wine or shot of ouzo. Whether you're craving baklava, fresh olives and feta cheese, or tender lamb chops with Greek spices, count on us to point you toward the Mediterranean via the Windy City.