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Greektown

Greektown is a dining and nightlife district on the Near West Side of the American city of Chicago, Illinois. It is one of many neighborhoods that make up the Near West Side community area, and is popular with tourists and Chicago residents alike.

Greektown’s bars and restaurants lie roughly between Van Buren and Madison Streets, along Halsted Street, west of the Loop.

The area once had a large Greek American population, but many residents have left the neighborhood, spreading throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Today, Greektown consists mostly of restaurants and businesses, although a cultural museum and an annual parade and festival highlight the continuation of Greek heritage in Chicago, and — unlike such Chicago neighborhoods as Pilsen and Little Italy, which have lost their original ethnic character — it remains essentially Greek.

The current Greektown location dates to the 1960s; it replaced Chicago’s original Greek neighborhood, known as “The Delta,” which was displaced by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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