Chicago Fun With a Greek Touch

Live Greek Music Friday Nights at Mykonos featuring Kostas, Bill & Voula
Friday Nights, 8:30pm

Mykonos Greek Restaurant in Niles welcomes all to enjoy the fun musical stylings of Kostas, Bill and Voula every Friday night in the dining area.

Come and enjoy fabulous food, cocktails or just stop by to hear some great live music that's sure to lift your spirits!

Mykonos is celebrating over 35 years of serving Grecian specialties in the restaurant that is named after the famous Greek island known for its romance, white windmills and pelicans.

Popular items include hot and cold Octopus, Souvlaki, Beef Kabobs, Pastitsio, Dolmades and Mykonos' famous Whole Broiled Fresh Sea Bass.

Event Hours:

Friday Nights, 8:30pm

Event Location:

Mykonos Greek Restaurant • 8660 W. Golf Road • Niles IL 60714 • (847) 296-6777

Greek Dance Classes at The National Hellenic Museum
Thursday Nights (Sept 2016 thru May 2017)

Would you like to learn Greek dancing while having plenty of fun? Join the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago on Thursday nights and learn traditional and celebrational Greek dances!

Greek dance classes are held on Thursdays from 7-8pm from September 15-May 18!

All classes cover the basic Pan-Hellenic dances: Kalamatiano, Xasaposerviko, and Tsamiko at the beginning of the session. Classes are offered for students ages 15 and up on Thursdays during the school year from 7-8pm. Drop-in students of all dance abilities are welcome, but registration is preferred.

If you would like to schedule private Greek dance lessons for you or your group, please contact Dimitra Georgouses, Education and Public Programs Manager, at dgeorgouses@hellenicmuseum.org or call (312) 655-1234, ext. 29.

Event Hours:

Thursdays 7pm-8pm (Sept 15, 2016 thru May 18, 2017)

Event Location:

The National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St. Chicago IL 60667

Tony Bernard appearing live at Pap's Ultimate Bar & Grill in Mount Prospect
Friday, Dec 2 (8pm)

Tony Bernard is a talented singer/songwriter bringing his fun high energy show to Pap's Ultimate Bar & Grill in Mount Prospect.

His vocals and natural stage presence first captured organizers at the first-ever Elvis Impersonators convention in Chicago and Las Vegas. Tony's musical aspirations would grow into a 50's and 60's style rock and roll show which has now achieved many years of success in the midwest.

Tony's career has now spanned over 20 years performing his amazing show all over America while dazzling audiences with his dynamic and energetic shows.

An accomplished musician, Tony also plays bass and guitar and has performed with the likes of Trent Carlini, Dick Biondi, The Ides of March, Laura Preston, Tony Ocean and other artists.

Pap's Ultimate Bar & Grill just celebrated 21 years of serving great food and drink in the restaurant known for its great burgers, pizza, wings, gyros and more.

Event Hours:

Fri. Dec 2, 8:00pm

Event Location:

Pap's Ultimate Bar & Grill • 1904 S. Elmhurst Road • Mount Prospect IL 60056 • (847) 806-7733

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 February of 1997. Telly added, “Come February 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.