Greeks arrived in America with the expectation that freedom would permit their families to thrive and be successful. With hard work, belief in the Orthodox faith, and commitment to education, Greeks ascended in Chicago, and America, to positions of responsibility and success. Today Greek Americans are among the wealthiest and most successful of immigrant groups. Greeks recognized a historical imperative that they meet the challenges and aspirations of a classical Hellenic heritage. Greeks in Chicago celebrates the rich history of the Greek community through copious pictorial documentation.
About the Author
Michael George Davros, Ph.D., was born in Chicago, worked with his parents in their grocery stores, and received his doctorate in American literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been active in many Greek American organizations, including the church and scholarship foundations, particularly the American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association at the local and national levels. Davros teaches in the English department and in the honors program at Northeastern Illinois University and lectures nationally on African American, ethnic, and classical literature.
Table of Contents
1 Migration and Immigration 11
2 The Early Years 17
3 Family Life 27
4 Business and Work 35
5 Tradition and Community 53
6 The Churches 67
7 Social and Fraternal Organizations 83
8 Arts, Culture, and Recreation 93
9 Notable Greeks in Chicago 109
10 Presrvation and the Backward Glance to the Homeland 121
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Greeks in Chicago" includes some wonderful photographs, however, many of the captions include inaccurate information. I can only clarify information on my own family, though there are others. For example, captions for the photographs I submitted depicting my grandfather, James Lalagos and his businesses, are incorrect. His businesses were called Acropolis Tavern and Restaurant, and J. Lalagos and Sons Grocery. On page 32, the caption for the photo of the entire family is entirely incorrect. James and Mary Lalagos were married in 1930 and had seven children. This is the only known photo of the entire family. James is pictured at far right and Mary is fourth from right. The photo was taken at the Acropolis Tavern and Restaurant on the occasion of the couple's 25th wedding anniversary. It's unfortunate that the book is laden with so many errors, as it could have been a very lovely keepsake and reference to community history. Maria A. Karamitsos