CHICAGO — This year's Taste of Greektown is the same old, same old — not that that's a bad thing.
The two-day festival, which kicks off at noon Saturday at 100 S. Halsted St., will feature wine imported from Greece and the neighborhood's authentic Greek food.
Yianni Theoharis, 49, the Greektown Chamber of Commerce president, said Greektown was one of Chicago's oldest and least-changed neighborhoods, and the festival's authenticity reflected that.
"The Taste of Greektown, every restaurant includes the best food outside," Theoharis said. "[It's] been a community for so many years — no change here."
The neighborhood's Taste has been held since 1989, Theoharis said, and usually attracted more than 10,000 people. The Taste of Greektown will include lamb, rice and other Greek food from local restaurants, as well as music, pony rides, belly dancers and vendors. The festival will see one major change in a new fine arts area.
There is no admission fee to the festival. Theoharis said attendees should go to every booth and "try a little bit of everything."
Taste of Greektown allows people to relax and "rejuvenate," he said, and it's also good for the community.
"See the people, try the food, take your time," Theoharis said. "Food is what brings people together."