Chicago Fun With a Greek Touch

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

Giorgos Sabanis & Tamta Live at Home Nightclub
Fri. Sept 30, 2016, 10pm

Giorgos Sabanis and Tamta are bringing their high energy show to the popular Home Nightclub in Arlington Heights.

Known in Greece for entertaining fans with his trademark high energy shows, Giorgos is teaming up with the beautiful Tamta to put on a great show featuring a wide variety of classic Greek pop songs.

Giorgos is also well known for consistently playing to sell out crowds in Greece and has written and/or sung some of the most popular music in the genre.

Tamta is a fashion icon and X-Factor judge whose versatile voice and graceful stage presence is a perfect complement to Giorgo's high energy.

Call Home Nightclub for more information at (847) 577-4663

Event Hours:

Fri. Sept 30 Showtime 10pm

Event Location:

Show will be held at Home Nightclub, 1227 N. Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

1st Annual Oak Lawn Greektoberfest at St. Nicholas
October 1, 2016

Can't wait 'til next summer to get your Greek on? St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Oak Lawn is proud to announce their 1st annual Greektoberfest!

Come and enjoy delicious Greek food including Saganaki (flaming cheese), Gyros sliders, Greek Burgers, Roasted Lamb, Greek Sausage (Loukaniko), Greek Chicken Wings and Loukoumades!

Guests will also enjoy Greek Beer and Wine Tastings, Ouzo Tastings and more.

Free Admission • Free Parking • Raffle & Door Prizes

Event Hours:

Saturday, October 1: 11am-11pm

Event Location:

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 10301 Kolmar Ave, Oak Lawn IL 60453

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.

Bowl of healthy Greek yogurt

The health benefits of yogurt have always been touted by health-conscious Americans. But these days, even those who once resisted yogurt are now embracing the Greek way. Few foods today pack as healthy a punch in such small serving sizes as Greek yogurt. The nutrients of Greek yogurt can help keep you fortified while also helping you lose weight. The richer texture of greek yogurt is also a big sell for lovers of the grecian brand.

Greek yogurt is made by separating out the liquid whey, explains Alissa Rumsey, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “This results in a thicker texture with fewer carbohydrates and sugar, and more protein the regular yogurt,” she says.

The Power of Protein

Protein is essential for good health. It is vital to cell growth, building muscle, and repairing tissue. As you age, you need more protein to keep your skin healthy and to fight off illness. Greek yogurt is a great way to boost your protein levels while avoiding heavy foods like meats. “Have it for breakfast and add in a handful of walnuts and blueberries,” Rumsey says. “Use it as a substitute for sour cream on top of chili or baked potatoes.”

Probiotics Help with Digestion

Greek yogurt is packed with probiotics. These are microorganisms such as bacteria and yeast. These normally live in your intestines, and having good microorganisms in your intestines helps keep you healthy, says Shane Griffin, a certified nutritional practitioner and founder of Whole Life Balance. “Without a healthy balance of good bacteria from probiotics, too much bad bacteria can build up and cause damage to our immune systems,” Griffin says.

Probiotics are great for the digestive system, and especially helpful to people who suffer from conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, he adds.

Good source for workout recovery

Greek yogurt can be a healthy and satisfying treat after a tough workout. Not only will it tide you over until your next meal, but it actually contains protein that can repair damage done by exercise.

“Greek yogurt is rich in the amino acids which make up proteins, and proteins are the building blocks for regenerating muscle tissue and repairing fiber damage,” explains Griffin. Add a banana or some berries for a nutrition-packed post workout snack.

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