Digital Storytelling and Visitor Analytics for City and Cultural Institutions
South of Union Station, you will find Greektown, a neighborhood full of great restaurants, bars and shopping. At the center of this community sits the National Hellenic Museum, which celebrates the incredible contributions of Greeks and Greek Americans to the city of Chicago and the United States as a whole.
The museum features a large collection of over 17,000 artifacts that span the thousands of years of Greek history. The museum has over 4 floors that house artifacts such as classical Greek statues, such as the one pictured above. In addition, there are exhibits of Ancient Greek pottery, which were often used to hold olive oil or wine, essential parts of Ancient Greek cuisine.
The museum’s core exhibit, Reaching for the American Dream: The Greek Story in America, was donated by Angela D. Paterakis. It portrays the stories of thousands of Greek immigrants through mementos that examine their journey to and life in the United States. Through this exhibit, the narratives of Greek Americans as they have developed and built a strong presence in the United States is explored and the Hellenic tradition is remembered so it can be passed on to future generations.