Journey Chicago

Discover Greektown & Little Village

Athenian Candle

Greektown is a neighborhood in Chicago's West Loop. Chicago's Greek population began to congregate in the area toward the end of the 1800s. For over 100 years, Greektown was the most well-recognized community of Greek people living in the United States. Today, the neighborhood sits alongside the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Little Village is a neighborhood located within Chicago's South Lawndale. Though the neighborhood was originally occupied by Eastern European immigrants in the late 1800s, it is now affectionately nicknamed "Mexico of the Midwest". Today, Little Village is home to the Mexican Independence Day parade, which is the largest Latinx parade in Chicago. The neighborhood is doubtlessly a hub for Mexican art, food, and culture in the city.

    Athenian Candle

    Located Greektown, this long-standing store is home to all manner of candles, as well as Greek cultural goods & Orthodox religious items.

    300 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661


    Sunday: Closed
    Monday: 9:30am - 6:00pm
    Tuesday: 9:30am - 6:00pm
    Wednesday: Closed
    Thursday: 9:30am - 7:00pm
    Friday: 9:30am - 6:00pm
    Saturday: 9:30am -5:00pm

    National Museum of Mexican Art

    Home to some 5,000 paintings, photographs, sculptures and more, this museum highlights the art and culture of Mexico.

    Cost: Free

    1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608


    Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Wednesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Thursday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

    Greek Islands Restaurant

    Located in Greektown, this eatery has been serving classic Greek dishes in a traditionally decorated space since 1971.

    Cost: $$

    200 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661


    Sunday: 11:00am - 12:00am
    Monday: 11:00am - 12:00am
    Tuesday: 11:00am - 12:00am
    Wednesday: 11:00am - 12:00am
    Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am
    Friday: 11:00am - 1:00am
    Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am

    Taqueria El Milagro

    A simple Mexican joint on the west side of the city known best for its tacos.

    Cost: $

    3050 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60623


    Sunday: 7:00am - 8:00pm
    Monday: 7:00am - 7:00pm
    Tuesday: 7:00am - 7:00pm
    Wednesday: 7:00am - 7:00pm
    Thursday: 7:00am - 7:00pm
    Friday: 7:00am - 7:00pm
    Saturday: 7:00am - 9:00pm

    National Hellenic Museum

    The National Hellenic Museum is the second oldest American institution dedicated to displaying and celebrating the cultural contributions of Greeks and Greek-Americans.

    Cost: Adults: $10
    Seniors: $8
    Students: $8
    Children (3-12): $7
    Children under 3: Free
    Members: Free

    333 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661


    Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Wednesday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Thursday: 11:00am - 8:00pm
    Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Open Center for the Arts

    This center creates a space where all artists can come together to showcase and develop their talents, as well as support community entrepreneurship in the arts.

    Cost: Free

    2214 S Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60623


    Sunday: Closed
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm