It may be billed as a Greek festival complete with baklava, gyros from local restaurants and live music reminiscent of the old country, but perhaps the best part about the upcoming Gold Coast Greek Festival is that anyone can enjoy its offerings.
This year’s annual event is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 24-June 26.
As in the past, the celebration will take place at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1017 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. Friday and start at noon on Saturday and Sunday and run until 11 p.m. all three nights.
One newer aspect of the Greek festival is its name. Last year, the church/festival hosts added “Gold Coast” to the event’s name to stress the festivities are for everyone in the community – whether you’re Greek or not Greek.
Even with its revamped name, the festival will be full of traditional favorites – delicacies from some of the city’s Greek eateries, Greek music, dancing and beverages. For one, visitors will be served Ale Syndicate Beer all weekend long as part of an exclusive promotion with the fest.
Not to mention, there’s free admission to the festival, meaning visitors can take in live music and dancing or tour the Cathedral at no cost. There will be authentic Greek food and pastries, beer, wine and all sorts of edibles available for purchase. In addition, valet parking will be available.
For updates on food offerings and entertainment as the event gets closer, check out the festival’s Facebook page. The festival’s lineup of bands – which at the moment includes Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue band on Friday, night in addition to DaJaVu and the Kosta Kastanis Band – is being posted on the page as well.
Need even more of a festival fix, check out our festival guide to help plan your summer!