Chicago Greek Churches October 17, 2013 00:00

People who like old churches and iconography will enjoy visiting Annunciation Cathedral. The cathedral was completed in 1910, and parts of it were renovated in the late 1970s. Iconography in the dome was completed in 1981. Visitors can enjoy Greek food, music and dancing at the cathedral's Taste of Greece Festival in June. This festival is a family event with children's games. The cathedral is open for tours during the festival. Annunciation Cathedral is north of downtown Chicago and can be reached by train.

People who enjoy the food and fun at Greek festivals can attend the Lincoln Park Greek Fest in June at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Traditional Greek foods served here include moussaka, gyros, souvlaki and baklava. Entertainment includes Greek music and Greek dancing. Festival visitors can tour the church. This church north of downtown can be reached by train.

St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church has a festival in July. Festival attendees can enjoy Greek food, wine and beer. They can watch Greek dancers and listen to Greek music. People can also enjoy Greek food at St. Andrew's Winter Food Fest in January. Food served at this event includes moussaka and souvlaki. St. Andrew's was completed in the late 1950s. It has stained glass windows, a marble screen with icons and a mosaic of the Virgin Mary. Visitors can reach this church by taking a train or bus north from downtown Chicago.

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church will be of interest to people who like old churches and Greek cuisine. This church is in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood and can be reached by train. The church was built in the early 1900s and holds a Greekfest every August. Visitors to this festival have an opportunity to enjoy Greek food. There are carnival rides and games.

The North Shore Greek Fest is held on the grounds of the Hellenic American Academy in Deerfield. The academy was founded by Holy Trinity Hellenic Orthodox Church in Chicago. Hungry festival attendees can order moussaka, spanakopita and gyros in the food tent. Lamb chops and souvlaki are served in the taverna. Baklava and Greek coffee are available. Festival attendees can watch Greek folk dancers and listen to Greek musicians. Deerfield is north of downtown Chicago and can be reached by train.