Chicago Fun With a Greek Touch

Chaser's Sport's Bar and Grill half-price burgers
Every Thursday

Chaser's Sports Bar & Grill in Niles is serving up their famous burgers for half-price (with drink purchase) every Thursday. Drink specials include $14 domestic buckets, $4 Shots and $5 Bombs.

Other weekly specials include half-price pizza every Monday with $14 domestic buckets, $4 shots and $5 bombs.

Wednesdays offer 69¢ jumbo wings and 89¢ boneless wings (with drink purchase). Domestic Pitchers $8 and $4 Pint of the day.

Great drink specials also available Sat and Sun including $8 domestic pitchers and $4 domestic bottles.

See link below for more information about Chaser's great specials.

Established in 1992, Chaser's is family owned and takes great pride in serving delicious food in a fun and casual setting. Specialties include pizza, burgers, wings, salads, cheesesteaks, pastas and more. The spacious bar area is the perfect setting for enjoying drinks, games and plenty of sports action on Chaser's many flat screens.

Event Hours:

Every Thurs 11am-12am

Event Location:

Chaser's Sports Bar & Grill • 9003 N Milwaukee Ave • Niles IL 60714 • (847) 470-8800

Live Music & Drink Specials at Niko's Pointers Saloon - Marengo
Every Saturday

Niko's Pointer Saloon in Marengo welcomes everyone to enjoy great food, live music and drink specials every Saturday night.

Beer specials include $3 Modelo and Corona Extra with full bar and cocktails available. Also, check out Niko's daily food specials which include Veal Parmesan, Chicken Kabob, Homemade Lasagna, $10 Large Cheese Pizza (Mon thru Thurs), and other surprises.

Enjoy a quick bite and drinks as you play in the video gaming room which is open seven days a week.

Niko's Pointer Saloon is a casual restaurant and bar serving the Marengo area with quality food, drinks, live entertainment and gaming. The cozy pub serves appetizers, burgers, wraps, salads, bbq ribs, pulled pork, chicken and great daily specials.

Event Hours:

Every Friday (11am-2am)

Event Location:

Niko's Pointer Saloon • 106 S. State St. • Marengo IL • 60152 • (815) 568-7955

The Simple Remedy Live at Draft Picks Sports Bar - Naperville
Fri Oct 30

Draft Picks Sports Bar in Naperville invites everyone to enjoy The Simple Remedy for a fun night of great food and music.

Featuring Katy O' Connor on vocals and percussion and Eddie Ryan on vocals and guitars, TSR will delight you with their unique brand of pop and rock music.

Having been influenced by a wide array of artists, the band likes to keep people guessing with their wide blend of Country, Americana and Soul tinged music.

Songs include covers and original music.

Draft Picks is Naperville's favorite sports bar and grill where you can enjoy great food and drink, live entertainment and all the latest sports action on over 20 large tv screens. The friendly neighborhood restaurant is open seven days a week and serves great appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, bbq ribs and more.

Event Hours:

Sat Oct 30 (7pm-10pm)

Event Location:

Draft Picks Sports Bar • 523 Fairway Dr • Naperville, IL 60563 • (630) 904-1111

Best Gyros in Chicago, Opa Chicago Top 10

Over the last few decades, Gyros has certainly gained a reputation as one of the more popular Greek food items on menus across Chicagoland.

Gyros are essentially sandwiches made with thinly-sliced beef, lamb or chicken which is then placed in a pita or flatbread. Most gyros are topped with onions and tomatoes and enjoyed with Tzatziki sauce, a white creamy topping made from strained yogurt, cucumbers, salt, pepper, garlic and dill.

With this flavorful mixture served relatively cheap, it’s no wonder that Gyros has been a popular choice for hungry Chicagoans for over 50 years.

As the meaty dish is thought to have originated in Greece, the very first Gyros in America was actually served in the Chicagoland area. According to Elk Grove Village based Devanco Foods, the first gyros was reportedly served in 1965 at The Parkview Restaurant in Chicago by owner George Apostolou, also known as “Papa George,” the father of today’s gyros.

Also prominent in the early days of gyros was Chris Tomaras who opened Kronos Gyros in 1975 and is responsible for developing and marketing “Gyrokones,” large uncooked masses of gyro meat. Tomaras also invented the Kronomatic vertical meat broiler which helped standardize mass gyro production thus allowing gyros to spread to restaurants across the country.

Today Kronos is the world’s largest manufacturer of Gyros providing enough of the savory meat for 600,000 sandwiches per day. Other notable suppliers include Grecian Delight, Devanco Foods and Olympia.

The secret behind Kronos success? Tomaras told reporters in 2009 that it’s all in the ingredients...”we use the best beef and lamb and then run the meat through a four-ton grinder where bread crumbs, oregano and special seasonings are added.”

Incidentally, Gyros comes from the Greek word “Geero” which means “turn.” And nothing seems to be turning consumer’s heads - and taste buds - like those wonderful cones of
meat spinning every day in restaurants across America.

We now turn your attention to our favorite gyros spots across Chicagoland.

• Tasty Waffle (Romeoville)

Spacious and bright eatery renowned for tasty entrees including oven baked pancakes, french toast, crepes, paninis, salads, wraps, USDA certified black angus burgers, steak sandwiches and more. Guests can enjoy their flavorful gyros in various dishes including the gyros skillet, burrito, benedict, gyros & feta omelet and pita sandwich.
642 S Weber Road, Romeoville IL 60446 • (815) 439-8151
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• Charkies (Carol Stream)

A genuine passion for food excellence drives this friendly eatery where guests can feast on great gyros, burgers, chicken sandwiches, Italian beef, pasta dinners, kabobs and more. Try the spinach pie and baklava. Free soup with any dine-in purchase every day. Video gaming available.
570 Schmale Road • Carol Stream IL 60188 • (630) 510-1212
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• Brandy's Gyros (Chicago - Des Plaines - Hanover Park - Schaumburg)

Known for their famous gyros, bbq ribs and Athenian chicken, Brandy's uses only fresh ingredients to bring you a wide array of delicious Greek specialties and American favorites. Char-broiled burgers, chicken sandwiches, vienna beef hot dogs, italian beef and tasty mexican choices are just part of an extensive menu that has something for everybody. Four convenient locations to serve you.
6262 N. Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL 60631 • (773) 763-5862
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• Charcoal Flame (Morton Grove)

Mediterranean delights are prepared by house chefs Gregory and Gus at this cozy diner where customers love their famous gyros, kabobs, gourmet burgers, salads, hot dogs and Italian beef. Try the skirt steak sandwich, barbecued ribs, pastichio, avgolemeno (egg-lemon) soup and the boneless Greek pork chops. Full Catering menu also available.
6800 W Dempster Street, Morton Grove IL 60053 • (847) 966-1200
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• Franksville Restaurant (Chicago)

Celebrating over 50 years of excellence, Franksville is proud to serve their famous gyros, Chicago-style Vienna hot dogs, burgers, tacos, chicken, barbecued ribs, homestyle milkshakes and more. Still one of Chicago's favorite food spots, the iconic restaurant also serves cheese fries and their famous foot long hot dog served with generous amounts of green relish, onions, mustard and tomato slices.
3550 N Harlem Ave • Chicago IL 60634 • (773) 237-5848
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• Rose Garden Cafe (Elk Grove Village)

Serving delicious and hearty portions in a relaxed setting, Rose Garden Cafe is proud to serve classic breakfast items plus great burgers, salads, pasta, gyros, broasted chicken, steaks, bbq ribs and more. Daily specials include their famous stuffed peppers (Thursdays) and cream of chicken soup (served daily). Banquets for up to 140 people.
111 E Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village IL 60007 • (847) 952-1881
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• Omega Pancake House & Bakery (Downers Grove & Schaumburg)

The famous restaurants are both known for serving quality food in newly remodeled dining rooms. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, Omega's extensive menu offers classic breakfast entrees plus sandwiches, burgers, wraps, chicken, pasta, steaks, salads and their famous gyros. The popular in-house bakery also serves various cakes, pies and pastries.
1300 E Ogden Ave, Downers Grove IL 60515 • (630) 963-0300
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• Mykonos Greek Restaurant (Niles)

Serving Chicago's northwest suburbs since 1981, the mainstay eatery is proud to serve authentic Greek dishes including char-grilled octopus, fresh sea bass, roast leg of lamb, pastichio, greek-style meatballs and famous homemade gyros. Enjoy cocktails, extensive wine list, daily specials and lush outdoor dining in Mykonos cozy patio area.
8660 W Golf Road • Niles IL 60714 • (847) 296-6777
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• Goodi's Restaurant (Niles)

Now under new ownership, Goodi's maintains its reputation for great food and service offering great burgers, ribs, chicken, hot dogs, beef sandwiches and famous gyros. The extensive menu also includes salads, pastas, pulled pork, Athenian skirt steak, kabobs, wraps, paninis and more. Check the board for great daily specials. Private parties for up to 40 people. Catering available.
9645 N Milwaukee Ave • Niles IL • 60714 • (847) 583-9500
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• Paps Ultimate Bar & Grill (Mount Prospect)

This friendly bar and grill has been serving the Mount Prospect area for over 21 years with their famous gyros, pizza, black angus burgers, wings and other favorites. Great drink specials, plenty of tv screens for sports fans and fun activities in the spacious bar area.
1904 S. Elmhurst Road • Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 • (847) 806-7733
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• Nick's Drive In (Chicago)

It's all about the homemade gyros at this casual old-fashioned diner celebrating 50 years on the northwest side. Also known for their burgers, hot dogs, Greek chicken, Italian Beef and more. Check the daily specials board and try their famous rice pudding and spicy Greek potatoes.
7216 Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL 60631 • (773) 631-5045

• Squabs Gyros (Melrose Park)

Bustling restaurant popular for its fresh homestyle cooking and generous portions. Grecian specialties include kabobs, Athenian style chicken, souvlaki, Greek salad and Squab's famous gyros. Other signature items include barbecued ribs, italian beef, broasted chicken, char-broiled burgers and more, including homemade soup prepared every day. Catering also available for your upcoming special event.
2348 Mannheim Road • Melrose Park IL 60164 • (847) 455-5205
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• Billy Boy's (Chicago Ridge)

Popular eatery on the south side known for flavorful gyros, outstanding bbq ribs, burgers, Greek Chicken, hot dogs and unique sandwiches. Hard working crew keeps this place clean and running smooth. Proudly serving Chicago's south suburbs since 1976.
6400 95th Street, Chicago Ridge IL • (708) 599-8406
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• QP Greek Food With a Kick (Hoffman Estates)

Greek-style pitas, meatballs, wings, pork chops, ribs, chicken and flaming Saganaki are just the beginning at this cozy and stylish Mediterranean eatery. Enjoy unique flavors with a kick in the clean and contemporary setting. Daily specials available along with QP's famous Gyros and Avgolemeno Soup. Try the popular Greek Feta Pizza and Caesar Salad. Full bar and catering.
830 N Roselle Road • Hoffman Estates IL 60169 • (224) 353-6999
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• Papa Chris' Place (Chicago)

A true neighborhood favorite, this popular spot on Chicago's northwest side serves their signature gyros, burgers, hot dogs, Polish sausage, Greek salad, barbecued ribs, kabobs and more. Try their homemade rice pudding and baklava. Celebrating over 30 years of great food, friendly service and catering.
6235 W Touhy Ave, Chicago IL 60646 • (773) 631-4322
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• Dengeos (Skokie)

Friendly and spacious eatery serving up their signature Gyros plus BBQ Ribs, Greek Chicken, Skirt Steak, Salads, Burgers and more. Staff is friendly and attentive while portions are very generous.
3301 Main St, Skokie, IL 60076 • (847) 677-7911 (Two locations including Skokie and Buffalo Grove).
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• Johnny's Beef & Gyros (Chicago)

Serving the Lincoln Park area since 2005, Johnny's serves world class Chicago street food including their popular gyros, black angus chuck burgers, Italian beef, specialty salads and more. Other popular items include charbroiled chicken sandwiches, Maxwell street polish, homemade tzatziki spread and other Greek specialties. Two locations to serve you (Chicago and Joliet)
2300 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 • (773) 697-8885
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• Annie's Pancake House (Skokie)

Relaxed and cozy eatery, this pancake house serves hearty and generous portions of their famous omelets, french toast, crepes, pancakes, sandwiches, salads, chopped steak, wraps and delicious daily specials. The popular gyros omelet is a must try. Homemade soups prepared every day.
4900 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077 • (847) 675-7562
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• Apolis Greek Street Food (Lisle)

Traditional and authentic gyros is made from top-sourced pork, lamb and chicken at this Greek hot spot in Lisle. Using hometown recipes, the family owned restaurant prides itself on serving quality gyros, kabobs, greek-style fries, spinach pie, dolmades, flaming Saganaki, pork chops and more. Delivery available.
1109 Maple Ave • Lisle, IL 60532 • (331) 775-2135
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• Zeus Restaurant (Chicago)

Unassuming and casual hangout known for their huge portions and clean environment. Enjoy their famous Gyros Sandwich/Plate, Gyros Cheeseburger, Italian Beef, Kabobs. Greek Chicken and more.
806 Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607 • (312) 258-8789
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• Charcoal Delights (Chicago)

This bright and welcoming eatery uses an old-fashioned cooking process, "charcoal barbecued broiled," to serve delicious burgers, Vienna hot dogs, country broasted chicken, beef sandwiches, bbq ribs and their famous gyros. Friendly staff with top notch service.
3139 W. Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 • (773) 583-0056
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• Mr. Greek Gyros (Chicago)

Long time Chicago favorite serving their famous Gyros Pita, Gyros Dinner Plate, Gyros Philly plus homemade beef, burgers, kabobs, hot dogs and more. Open 'til 4am for your late night cravings. You'll love their thick-cut fries.
234 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607 • (312) 906-8731
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• Greek Islands (Chicago)

A classic restaurant destination for 48 years, they serve homemade gyros and traditional Greek specialties. Known for their quality and consistency, the popular restaurant serves Pastichio, Dolmades, Roasted Lamb, Moussaka, desserts and more.
200 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661 • (312) 782-9855
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• Athenian Room (Chicago)

Charming and cozy neighborhood restaurant serving delicious gyros, Greek feta burger, chicken kalamata, kabobs, spinach pie and more. The dining room is reminiscent of a small taverna in Greece.
807 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 • (773) 348-5155

• Twins Gyros (Harwood Heights)

Known for their famous gyros and juicy chicken, this family owned restaurant makes their own tzatziki sauce and serves a very extensive menu. Popular items include their homemade soups, Italian beef, hot dogs, burgers and wings. The Greek fries are highly recommended!
4870 N Harlem Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60656 • (708) 867-1313
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• Gyros Express (Villa Park)

Flavorful and tender gyros is the main attraction at Gyros Express where an extensive menu also features burgers, souvlaki, Greek chicken, rib-eye steak, flaming Saganaki, Avgolemeno (Egg Lemon Soup), Spinach Pie and tempting desserts. Soft drinks, beer and wine available.
750 N Addison Road • Villa Park IL 60181 • (630) 530-4433
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• Gyro Grill (Tinley Park)

Serving Chicago's southside, this exciting new eatery serves fresh Greek street food including gyros, kabobs, pitas, wings, spinach pie and more. Try the Saganaki bites and their unique egg rolls stuffed with gyro meat, feta and grilled onions. Fresh, fast and delicious food using time-tested Greek family recipes seven days a week.
15960 S. Harlem Ave. Tinley Park IL 60477 • (708) 620-8440
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• Craving Gyros (Lake Zurich)

This cozy little spot in downtown Lake Zurich will surprise you with their famous gyros, vienna hot dogs, italian beef, charcoal broiled angus burgers and more. Very friendly staff is known for their personalized service. Gyros is fresh and hot served with homemade tzatziki sauce! Dining area is clean and comfortable which also includes outdoor patio.
2 E. Main Street, Lake Zurich IL 60047 • (224) 677-5115

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 than 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.

Find Homemade Greek Yogurt In Chicago

Find homemade and other brands of quality Greek yogurt at these fine establishments throughout Chicagoland. Our favorite grocers offer homemade "Ya-Ourti" at Columbus Food Market in Des Plaines and Spartan Brothers (Touhy & Harlem) in Chicago. Other recommended sources include 95th Produce Market (Hickory Hills), Nature's Best (Westmont), Fiesta Market (Mount Prospect) and Village Market Place (Skokie).

You can also enjoy homemade Greek yogurt at some of our favorite restaurants including Plateia Mediterranean Kitchen (Des Plaines), Kefi Greek Cuisine (Palos Heights), Billy's Pancake House (Palatine), Mykonos Greek Restaurant (Niles) and Briki Cafe (Addison).

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The best Chicago Saganaki Greek Cheese Appetizer

I’ll never forget the first time I saw the light. I was just a kid enjoying dinner with my family when it suddenly appeared. The flame shot wildly towards the ceiling before being tamed by lemon juice and a waiter’s steady hand. The whole experience lasted only a few seconds but it changed my life forever.

It was a delicious rite of passage that delighted my senses on so many levels. Never before had I witnessed such a unique display of cheese, brandy, lemon and fire...presented finally with
a glorious shout of OPA! And my family ate it up.

Of course, we’re talking about Saganaki, the famous Greek cheese appetizer that is flambeed and served table side at restaurants throughout Chicagoland. That night, dinner out became a sort of celebration, a spontaneous reminder of how the little things often bring the most joy. It was almost as if our waiter had declared a one word blessing on our family as he placed the anticipated cast-iron plate at the center of our table...OPA!

Oh, the simple things in life.

But what does OPA actually mean? And why is it mostly associated with the lighting of Saganaki? Greeks and non-Greeks both agree that the word has very favorable connotations and is often used to express a myriad of positive emotions. Even though the expression is sometimes used to express playful frustration following mishaps, today it's very common to hear OPA! shouted at weddings, dances, birthdays and of course, restaurants serving the popular appetizer.

Legend also has it that the very first "SOS" (Saganaki OPA shout), happened right here in Chicago in the mid 1960’s. At Chicago’s late great Parthenon Restaurant (which lasted for 48 years on Halsted Street), owner Chris Liakouras was just trying to be creative one day when he took some random advice from an unknown female customer to flame the Saganaki she had ordered. And he happily obliged. But, alas, controversy quickly ensued when fellow restauranteur Petros Kogiones at the nearby Dianna’s Opa claimed his first OPA declaration occurred years earlier. In those days, an order of Saganaki cost $1.25 while a gallon of gas was 35 cents.

But no matter who started the verbal tradition, shouts of OPA! carry on every day at restaurants around Chicagoland, the country and even the world. Hungry patrons love to order the cheesy appetizer as a tasty and fun way to begin a great meal. And depending on where you dine, chances are you’ll be enjoying one of several fine brands of Saganaki cheese including Kefalograviera, Graviera and Kefalotyri. Brandy is the spirit of choice poured right before the cheese is flamed adding a zest of flavor to the mix and evaporating quickly to avoid a soggy Saganaki.

While the Greeks are definitely known for enjoying a wide variety of delicious foods within their culture, Saganaki certainly boasts strong cross-over appeal that makes it a unique staple on so many restaurant menus. So if you’re out today and feeling a little cheesy (sorry), let the gooey goodness of the endearing Greek cheese melt your taste buds and warm your heart.

Just like it did that night during my childhood when a tall waiter served our family with our very first Saganaki while joyfully shouting OPA! The aroma of flamed cheese wafting over our table created a memory this kid will never forget.

Oh, the simple things in life.

Enjoy flaming Saganaki at these fine Chicagoland restaurants:

• The Greek Islands (Chicago & Lombard)

The landmark restaurant is known for its consistency, quality, value and spacious yet cozy dining areas. Specialties include Pastichio, Roast Lamb, Dolmades, Hot or Cold Octopus, Greek Salad, Fresh Seafood, Lamb Chops and of course, flaming Saganaki. Say OPA! to Chicago's most popular Greek restaurant.
200 S Halsted St • Chicago IL 60661 • (312) 782-9855
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• Plateia Mediterranean Kitchen (Des Plaines)

A creative twist on traditional Greek cuisine, Plateia offers a refined setting to enjoy award winning Lamb Chops, outstanding Honey Custard Sweet Crepes, Biftekia, Chicken Skewers, Pastichio, Atlantic Grilled Salmon, Beet Salad, flaming Saganaki and more. Accommodating 20-150 people for private parties and other special events. Beautiful outdoor patio in seasonal months.
9860 N Milwaukee Ave • Glenview IL 60016 • (847) 296-2230
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• Rose Garden Cafe (Elk Grove Village)

Serving up quality homestyle dishes in a retro setting, Rose Garden Cafe boasts an extensive menu featuring pancakes, french toast, crepes, burgers, salads, Greek chicken, Saganaki, pasta, gyros, prime steaks, bbq ribs and more. Daily specials include their famous Pot Roast (day varies) and cream of chicken soup (served daily). Banquets for up to 140 people.
111 E Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village IL 60007 • (847) 952-1881
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• Ki's Steak & Seafood Restaurant (Glendale Heights)

Since 1934, this landmark restaurant has served prime aged steaks, fresh seafood, black angus burgers, bbq ribs and other signature dishes. Appetizers include calamari, baked oysters, shrimp de jonghe and flaming Saganaki (OPA)! Outdoor patio, live music in the lounge, Champagne Sunday brunch and catering available.
705 North Avenue, Glendale Heights IL 60139 • (630) 469-4757
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• Jameson's Charhouse (Arlington Heights)

The popular steakhouse serves award-winning steaks, chops, filet mignon, rack of lamb, black angus burgers and more in their cozy multi-level dining areas and lounge. Appetizers include shrimp cocktail, oysters rockefeller, fried calamari and flaming Saganaki (OPA)! Private room can accommodate special events for up to 120 people.
1331 W Dundee Road, Arlington Heights IL 60004 • (847) 392-7100
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• KEFI Greek Cuisine (Palos Heights)

Grecian signature dishes abound at the restaurant whose name signifies joy, spirit and passion. Favorites include grilled octopus, pastichio, braised lamb, village salad, dolmades, greek-style meatballs, pork chops and more. Begin your dining experience with a flaming Greek cheese Saganaki (OPA)! Daily specials and homemade soups available.
12200 S Harlem Ave, Palos Heights IL 60463 • (708) 361-9610
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• Papagalino Pastry & Cafe Shop (Niles)

Celebrating over 20 years, this casual restaurant and bakery is known for their Greek/European pastries, gourmet wraps, sandwiches, souvlaki, pasta and flaming Saganaki (OPA)! Relax in the cozy dining room or outdoor patio with a Greek frappe and an assortment of their famous desserts including Tiramisu, Baklava, Black Forest Cake, Bougatsa and more.
9014 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles IL 60714 • (847) 803-9260
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• Jimmy's Charhouse (Elgin)

The spacious, yet cozy restaurant and bar is known for its certified aged steaks & chops, prime steak burgers, wood roasted specialties and great daily specials. Try the bbq ribs, mediterranean shrimp, fried calamari and flaming Greek cheese saganaki (OPA)! Catering for any special occasion, banquet room for up to 100 people.
2290 Point Blvd, Elgin IL 60123 • (847) 783-0200
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• Billy Boy's Restaurant (Chicago Ridge)

Since 1976, this friendly eatery on Chicago's southside has been serving their famous bbq ribs, gyros, chili cheese dogs, wraps, salads, signature sandwiches and more. Appetizers include homemade soup, mozzarella sticks, pizza puffs, spinach pie and Billy Boy's Saganaki Bites, a unique take on the classic Greek appetizer. Liquor department includes a full selection of brand name beers, wines and liquors.
6400 W 95th Street, Chicago Ridge IL 60415 • (708) 599-8406
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• Woodfire Tavern (Long Grove)

The contemporary restaurant and pub serves their signature barbecue, pizza, burgers, appetizers, salads, wraps and more. Enjoy the sports themed pub where guests can unwind with food and drink while big screen tv's show all the latest sports action. Start your meal with a flaming Saganaki! Private room available for any special event.
4868 IL-83 • Long Grove IL 60047 • (847) 478-1160
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• Demetri's Greek Restaurant (Deerfield)

Serving the north shore for over three decades, Demetri's offers classic Greek items including Moussaka, Fresh Seafood, Grilled Octopus, Roast Leg of Lamb, Gyros Platter and more. Guests also love the flaming Saganaki, Greek Salad, Jumbo Shrimp, Dolmades and Avgolemeno (Egg Lemon Soup). Cozy outdoor patio in warmer months.
660 Lake Cook Road • Deerfield IL 60015 • (847) 940-0777
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• Johnny's Kitchen & Tap (Glenview)

This Glenview favorite serves their famous wood roasted chicken, baby back ribs, rotisserie roasted pork, burgers, steaks, seafood and more. Start your meal with flaming Saganaki and enjoy Johnny's full wine list, craft beers, martinis and tempting desserts. Live entertainment in the lounge every weekend. Full catering available.
1740 Milwaukee Ave • Glenview IL 60025 • (847) 699-9999
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• Spectrum Bar & Grill (Chicago)

Located in the heart of Chicago's Greektown on Halsted Street, the long standing sports bar is known for its great food, drinks and live entertainment. The menu boasts American, Greek and Cypriot influences famous for grilled souvlaki, flaming Saganaki, pork chops, thin crust pizza and more. Fully stocked bar with beer, wines and cocktails.
233 S Halsted Street • Chicago IL 60661 • (312) 715-0770
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• Thassos Greek Restaurant (Palos Hills)

The newest Greek restaurant on the south side, Thassos has already earned a reputation for its outstanding food including Chicken Riganati, Fresh Whole Sea Bass, Appetizers, Salads, Pastichio, Roast Lamb and more. Enjoy flaming Saganaki and other traditional Greek favorites in Thassos' dining room or spacious lounge area.
11011 SW Hwy • Palos Hills IL 60465 • (708) 671-8958
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• QP Greek Food With a Kick (Hoffman Estates)

Greek-style pitas, meatballs, skewers, ribs and chicken are just the beginning at this stylish Mediterranean eatery. Enjoy unique flavors with a kick in the clean and contemporary setting. Daily specials available along with QP's famous Saganaki and Avgolemeno Soup. Try the popular Greek Feta Pizza and Caesar Salad. Full Bar and catering.
830 N Roselle Road • Hoffman Estates IL 60169 • (224) 353-6999
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• Basil's Greek Dining (Aurora)

Blending old school values with modern flair, Basil's is a celebration of authentic Mediterranean dining serving appetizers, salads, pastas, shish kabobs, pork chops and more. Beautiful dining room with adjacent bar is the perfect setting to enjoy signature Greek dishes including Pastichio, Mediterranean Sea Bass, Grilled Octopus and Double Cut Lamb Chops. Private parties for up to 75 people.
4000 Fox Valley Center Drive • Aurora IL 60504 • (630) 692-1300
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• Mykonos Greek Restaurant (Niles)

Serving authentic Greek cuisine for over 40 years, this legendary restaurant is known for their Charcoal Octopus, Souvlaki, Aegean-Style Salmon, Roast Lamb, Moussaka, Pastichio, Greek style fries and flaming Saganaki. Live Greek Music every Friday.
8660 W Golf Road • Niles IL 60714 • (847) 296-6777
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• Naxos, A Greek Island Restaurant (Itasca)

Taste the spirit of the Mediterranean with signature Greek items including Grilled Calamari, Cold Octopus Salad, Greek Meat Balls, Fresh Red Snapper, Beef Tenderloin Kabob and Roast Leg of Lamb. Enjoy Naxos famous Avgolemeno Soup and Flaming Saganaki. Full bar and catering.
933 W Irving Park Road • Itasca IL 60143 • (847) 250-5410
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• Blossom Cafe (Norridge)

A favorite family restaurant in Norridge, Blossom Cafe serves all your favorite breakfast items plus sandwiches, burgers, wraps, chicken, pasta, steaks and more. Popular Greek items include Greek chicken, salads, pork chops, Mediterranean Shrimp, Skirt Steak and flaming Saganaki. Banquet room available for up to 120 people.
8349 W Lawrence Ave • Norridge IL 60706 • (708) 453-5300
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• Alexander's Cafe (Elgin)

Enjoy an extensive menu at Alexander's featuring appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, tacos, chicken, pasta, fresh seafood and more. Grecian specialties include Athenian Salmon, Mediterranean Chicken, Greek Salad and flaming Saganaki. Weekend specials include Alexander's famous Prime Rib of Beef.
1725 N State St • Elgin IL 60123 • (847) 888-4146
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• Niko's Red Mill Tavern (Woodstock)

This bustling restaurant features spacious dining areas with indoor and outdoor bars where customers can enjoy appetizers, burgers, wraps, pulled pork and other tavern favorites. Try the Greek Pizza, Mediterranean Wrap and flaming Saganaki. Niko's also hosts great live entertainment all year long.
1040 Lake Ave • Woodstock IL 60098 • (815) 338-6455
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