The 2019 Greek Independence Day parade in Greektown. Photo courtesy of Greektown Chicago

Chicago's Greektown community will host an in-person celebration of the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Sunday, May 22, following last year's virtual festivities.

The Greek Heritage Parade, presented by The Federation of Hellenic-American Organizations, will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and feature traditional Greek music and costumes, while the Greektown Agora, set for noon-6 p.m. at Elysian Field, offers opportunities to shop for gifts such as jewelry, crafts and Greek art.

The Milchiean Hoplites, a group of researchers, historians and history enthusiasts dedicated to historical reenactment, will make an appearance at the Agora as the Greek Warriors, inviting community members to take photos and learn about Greek history, culture and more.

Visitors are also welcome to watch traditional Greek folk dance performances by the Orpheus Dance Troupe at 5 p.m. at Elysian Field and eat dinner at a local Greektown restaurant.

From May 1-May 30, Chicagoans are invited to take part in the Greektown Shopper's Reward program, in which customers who spend at least $200 at neighborhood businesses and submit receipts via email will receive a $50 gift card rebate while supplies last. For more details and a list of eligible businesses, visit

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