“Chicagoland’s best Greek festival”: the Lincoln Park 32nd annual Greek Fest

The Boutari Wines Social Media Project recently had the chance to catch up with Nick Pipikios (left), one of the organizers of the 32nd annual Lincoln Park Greek Festival, “Chicagoland’s best Greek Festival.” This was the first year Boutari wines has sponsored this amazing two-day event, where Greek food and drink, music and dancing, and family-friendly and cultural events make for truly great summertime fun. Here’s what Nick had to say about this amazing festival and its origins in one of the leading Greek communities in the U.S. (And in an totally unrelated note, Nick turned us on to this great website about Greek life, culture, and community in the U.S. and beyond, DailyFrappe.com, definitely worth checking out! Thanks again, Nick! Efharisto poli!)

The Lincoln Park Greek Festival has been held for over 30 years. It was started and run by the St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago.

The food and bar sales are run by the volunteers of the church with various businesses participating as sponsors. This year we had about 15 sponsors from various local bars and restaurants to national Greek brands like Opa, Grecian Delight, Metaxa, and Chobani yogurts. All the sponsors are Greek owned but not necessarily Greek-themed restaurants or bars.

Lincoln Park is not a historically Greek neighborhood although it is one of the most affluent neighborhoods of Chicago. Around the 1920s and 30s however, there were a large number of Greek families to the north and west of the church.

Lincoln Park has always been home to some of the most affluent families in Chicago and is home to Depaul university, the largest Catholic private university in America. it has an abundance of bars, restaurants, boutqiues, and a few theaters. It is home to two of the worlds best restaurants, Alinea, (which is part owned by a Greek) and Charlie Trotter’s.

Boutari is by far the most popular Greek wine in America and has had a presence here for much longer time than the other Greek premium wines. Greek wines are now finally getting the recognition they deserve and Boutari is a forerunner. I personally like the Kretikos and the Nemea red.

Thanks also to Terlato team members Fernando Baptista and Mackenzie Lake who helped to make the Lincoln Park Greek Festival a grand success this year! 🙂

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