Chicago Fun With a Greek Touch

Basil The Comedian Live at Empress Banquets
Sat Jan 21 (6:00pm)

Basile The Comedian is bringing his unique form of comedy to The Empress Banquets in Addison, a fun night of humor sponsored by St. Demetrios of Elmhurst.

One of the most diverse entertainers in the world, Basil has a knack for his funny observations on the Greek heritage while poking fun at his own hilarious upbringing.

The theme of the night will be "Warming Up With Laughter" along with variations on his classic references to Greek antics, food, traditions and more.

Package includes Hors D'Oeuvres / Mezethakia • 2 Cocktails • DJ Music • Hot Cocoa

Adults $65 (18 and under, $25)

6:30 Warm Up Act, Social Hour, Mix & Mingle

8:00 Basile Live / 9:15 Greek & American Dancing

Event Hours:

Saturday, Jan 21, 6:30pm

Event Location

The Empress Banquets, 200 E Lake Street • Addison, IL 60101 • Tel (630) 279-5900

For more information or to reserve your spot, contact the church office at (630) 834-7010

Emerson Drive with Semple & Ghostryder Live at Home Nightclub in Arlington Heights
Sat Jan 21 (8:30pm)

Home Nightclub in Arlington Heights welcomes the award winning, Country superstars EMERSON DRIVE along with SEMPLE and guest performers Ghostryder band!

It's Home Nightclub's first Country Night of 2017 and will begin with an all original pop show from Irish superstar Keith Semple, an accomplished singer/songwriter known as the Irish mad rocker.

Main attraction EMERSON DRIVE will then perform the Country show that has electrified audiences all across America with hits like “I Should Be Sleeping,” “Fall Into Me,” “Last One Standing” and their emotional, chart-topping ballad, “Moments.”

Ghostryder band plays a fun-time mix of hot modern country hits and classic Americana rock. Come out and enjoy all three bands for a very special price of just $20 per ticket!

Home Nightclub's famous food and drink menu will also be available!

This is a 21+ event only, no exceptions.

Event Hours

Sat Jan 21 (8:30pm)

Event Location

Home Nightclub • 1227 N Rand Rd • Arlington Heights, IL 60004 • (847) 577-4663

Denise Armour Live at Jameson's Charhouse in Arlington Heights
Sat Jan 28

Denise Armour is bringing her wonderful vocal talents to the lounge at Jameson's Charhouse in Arlington Heights.

Her ability to transform classic songs and current favorites make her a popular attraction around the Chicagoland area with a repertoire that includes jazz, broadway, contemporary pop, big band, standards and more!

Denise has performed in such venues as concerts, weddings, dinner dances, cruises, anniversary parties and other fun events.

Jameson's Charhouse has been providing quality steaks, chops, burgers, seafood and other house favorites for over 26 years in the restaurant that the Daily Herald called "The best steakhouse in Arlington Heights in 2014."

Event Hours:

Sat. Jan 28 - 7:30pm to 11:30pm

Event Location:

Jameson's Charhouse • 1331 W. Dundee Rd • Arlington Heights IL 60004 • (847) 392-7100

Friends enjoying Chicago's Taste of Greektown on Halsted Street

Everybody was “Greek” for the weekend at the 27th annual Taste of Greektown Aug 26, 27 and 28 (2016).

Once again, Halsted Street was closed between Madison and Van Buren to allow for all the fun and festivities.

Thousands of happy visitors sampled food from Greektown’s best restaurants while enjoying Greek music, dancing, games for the entire family and even a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers!

Popular food items included roasted lamb, gyros, pastitsio, dolmades, spanakopita (spinach pie), souvlaki, loukaniko (greek sausage), and more. Guests also enjoyed wonderful Greek pastries and desserts including loukoumades, baklava, kourambiedes and other treats.

Live entertainment was provided by Hellas 2000 (south stage), The Linardakis band (north stage) plus Greek dance performances by The Orpheus Dance Troop.

This year also featured the first Gyros eating contest sponsored by Devanco Foods.

The newly renovated dining room at Omega Restaurant in Schaumburg

For owner Telly Andrianopoulos, the philosophy behind Omega’s success has always been very simple. “Absolutely, we’re all about the basics at both Omega locations,” Telly says, “We have always believed in using only fresh quality ingredients to serve our customers food that they would consistently enjoy, in Schaumburg and Downers Grove."

It’s that consistency and dedication to their customers that separates Omega from corporate chain restaurants. “When people visit us, they’re treated like family and it’s been our privilege over the years to develop close relationships with so many of our guests."

For the Omega Restaurant in Schaumburg, it’s that vision that has now sustained the pancake house since June of 1997. Telly added, “Come June 2017, we’re very happy to be celebrating 20 years in Schaumburg and look forward to serving the community for many years to come. And to show our appreciation, we are planning a nice celebration for customers that will include a special menu and a few surprises.”

The Schaumburg location has also undergone major renovations that were completed in the first week of September 2016. The interior was completely updated and now features a clean, contemporary style to perfectly enhance the Omega dining experience.

And while the Schaumburg location has now served the community for 2 decades, Telly is also pleased that the Omega in Downers Grove has quickly experienced similar success since the family took over that location 4 years ago. “We are more dedicated than ever to providing our customers with great food and service while also offering guests quality cakes, pies and pastries from our bakeries.

Both Omega Pancake House restaurants serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Homemade soups and delicious specials are also available every day along with sweet treats from their famous bakeries.

Greek Loukoumades, made of deep fried dough coated in honey syrup and cinnamon

After a great meal, there's nothing like enjoying a sweet Grecian dessert over Greek coffee or Frappe.

And for many people, the popular pastries are a huge draw at the many Greek Fests enjoyed throughout the summer months and at great restaurants all year round.

While Loukoumades and Baklava often steal the spotlight, we also found eight other sweet treats that round out the list of our favorite Greek desserts.

Following is a brief description of our top 10 favorite Greek treats:

• Baklava -- A dessert made of layers of phyllo pastry, filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.

• Loukoumades -- A pastry made of deep fried dough coated in honey and cinnamon

• Kourambiedes -- Greek butter cookies coated in powdered sugar that can be made with or without nuts.

• Galaktobouriko -- A seminola-based custard flavored with lemon, orange or rose and baked in phyllo that is coated in a clear sweet syrup.

• Melomakarona -- Egg-shaped cookies made with flour, olive oil, honey, sugar, orange zet, cognac, cinnamon and walnuts.

• Koulouria -- A traditional Greek Easter cookie that is butter-based with a hint of vanilla and egg glaze on top.

• Diples -- Thin sheet-like dough rolled into long thin strips, fried and folded in hot oil and then dipped in a honey-based syrup and sprinkled with chopped nuts.

• Kataifi -- A pastry made with nuts on the inside, wrapped in shredded wheat and soaked in sugar or honey syrup.

• Flogeres -- Chopped walnuts and almonds layered between rolled phyllo dough sheets, baked and then soaked in a sweet honey syrup.

• Karidopita -- Walnut cake flavored with cinnamon, then bathed in sweet syrup.