National Hellenic Museum Unveils Striking New Home

CHICAGO (CBS)The National Hellenic Museum has a new place and new space that will be unveiled this weekend in Chicago.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports, the official ribbon-cutting was held Thursday for the new and improved museum in Chicago’s historic Greektown.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports

The museum had been located for several years on the fourth floor of the office building over the Greek Islands Restaurant, 801 W. Adams St., but has now opened its new headquarters at 333 S. Halsted St., at the intersection with Van Buren Street.

“This museum is for everyone, because all of us have our roots in ancient Greek history,” said museum executive director Stephanie Vlahakis. “It was Homer who launched the art of storytelling with the Iliad and the Odyssey stories that went on to influence and define western culture, and really, we’re all Greek, because our laws, our language, our literature all had their roots in Greece.”

The museum is open now, but the official opening is on Saturday, when the exhibit “Gods, Myths and Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece” will be unveiled.

The museum also features the exhibit “In Search of Home: The Greek Journey from Myth to Modern Day,” which will trace Greek history and the Greek-American experience.

“This is not just a Greek museum, it’s a tribute for the City of Chicago,” said Ald. Walter Burnett (27th).

In inaugural ball will be held for the official opening on Saturday.

  • Jim Hamilton

    I would love to take my family to go visit this place but you know what?

    Like hell take my family to Chicago for family fun. Getting them all killed in a drive up like so many others I read about doesn’t sound like fun to me oh yeah and in Chicago the criminals carry guns but I can’t hahaha NO THANK YOU CHICAGO!
    Chicago is turning into one huge cesspool of criminals, put a fence around it and take away their right to vote.
    By the way.
    Hi there Chicago it’s me from down state illinois. Hows the anti gun laws working out for ya. When will you idiots up there wake up and see your anti carry laws only dis arm the law abiding guys and keep the bad guys with their guns safer?
    Rahm is more worried about getting those cameras to work so he can catch you hurrying home from the restaurants to use the bathroom than to clean up the cesspool. Why aren’t those cameras watching the neighborhood instead of working people running behind to get to works license plates. Running behind because of the big potholes in the road lord knows they have created more danger than going 5 mile an hour over has.

    One thing you can be sure of is the criminals are armed and they are looking for any target of opportunity. They are looking for you!

    Support HB 148 Your Right To Carry, The crooks are already armed and they are looking for you!

  • Jim Hamilton

    What do you do call the police after you get shot in the head or the chest over a dam jacket that you already gave to the thug. Grow some Balls people! Stand up to these politicians and demand your rights!

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