The celebration took place on May 22, 2023, at the Cook County Treasurer’s Office. Certificates of Excellence were presented to business and community leaders. Traditional dances performed by Asian groups.
Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher/Editor of
Chicago Greek Press (right) along with
Nick Anatzoutsoulas, Manager of the
East of Edens Restaurant in Chicago
Elias Voulgaris, former Commander of the Chicago Police Department and Founder and President of the Hellenic American Police Association. We need to support and contribute to the Association
Recently, a Mass of Remembrance was offered for Maria A. Fitzgerald
by Fr. Daniel J. Brandt at St. Prisciall Church in Chicago.
Maria was the late wife of Grand Knight, Dennis P. Fitzgerald.
A Reception Dinner took place at the Blossom Cafe in Norridge, Illinois
Internment at St. Joseph Cemetary by Fr. Daniel J. Brandt.
Marking the 2023 International Greek Language Day with Professors Anastasia Giannakidou and Zoe Gavriilidou in the good company of “our” students: the participants of the first round of our joint initiative “Refresh your Greek”.
On January 31, 2023, Paul Vallas, a candidate for Mayor of Chicago,
was at the Luncheon at the City Club of Chicago and spoke about
the school system and the crime in the City of Chicago. Paul Vallas has
devoted his life to public service in and out of government and is
experienced in leading people, solving problems, and building
initiatives across political boundaries.
Pictured left, Sharon Vallas, wife of Paul Vallas, and Mark V. Tiniakos,
Publisher and Editor, Chicago Greek Press.
On March 23, 2023, the Consul General of Greece in Chicago, Hon. Emmanuel Koumbarakis, the Consul of Greece, the Hon. Georgia Tasiopoulou held a successful reception at the
Union League Club in Chicago. The reception was given to commemorate the Greek Independence Day of March 25, 1821. Hon. Koumbarakis was awarded an honorary certificate to the Special Disaster Relief Team and to the family of Captain Marios Touroutsikas. Among the guests were His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago, Hon. Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer, Hon. Alexis Giannoulias, Illinois Secretary of State, Hon. Paul Vallas, Clergy from the Greek Orthodox Parishes in Chicago, the Consul General of Turkey in Chicago, and other distinguished guests.
Rev. Fr. Chrysanthos Kerkeres of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago,
Anna Harisiadis, Secretary of the Pan-Arcadian Federation of America with
Officers of EKAM, and Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher-Editor of Chicago Greek Press
The Hon. Paul Vallas with Mark V. Tiniakos,
Publisher-Editor of Chicago Greek Press
Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher-Editor of Chicago Press with Rev. Fr. Andreas G. Georganas of St. Demetrios Greek
Orthodox Church in Chicago, and George Sourounis, former President of the Pan-Arcadian Federation of America
His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher-Editor of Chicago Greek Press
The father of Captain Marios Touroutsikas, Konstantinos, at the podium, along with his family, and the Consul General of Greece, Hon. Emmanuel Koumbarakis
Pictured left to right are: Hon. Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer, Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher-Editor of Chicago Greek Press, and Anna and Nick Harisiadis
Guests listening to the National Anthem.
On the right is Rev. Fr. Dimitri Tobias of
St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church
Nicole Mitrousias singing the National Anthem
Hon. Emmanuel Koumbarakis, Consul General of Greece in Chicago accepts an award from the Head of EMAK, the Special Disaster Response Team
On Friday, March 17, 2023, at St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church,
His Grace Bishop Timothy celebrated the Salutations of the
Theotokos (Hairetismoi) along with Very Rev. Simeon Johnson,
Rev. Fr. Dimitri Tobias and Deacon Anthony Callas.
Rev. Father, Christos J. Vagias, a former priest of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, passed away recently in the Village of Mikrospilia, his hometown, in Arta, Greece. He served at St. George for over 35 years. From the first moment at the church, he was determined to organize the community of St. George and he worked diligently with perseverance and self-sacrifice for all the years without counting effort and toil. He worked for the Greek Christian ideals. A brilliant preacher of the Greek language, he preached the word of God in plain Greek that was understood by the common people. His sermon spoke to the hearts of the Greeks who gathered to hear him every Sunday. Over the years, St. George and Father Vagias, synonymous with the Christian faith, unchanged from the influence of English, became a deacon for the preservation of the Greek-Christian faith. The expansion of the building complex with the addition of the Gymnasium and a Community for social events is due to the perseverance and hard work of Father Vagias. Under his guidance, the community of St. George raised funds and with the personal work of its members, a new building was formed that covered the constant needs of the community. Throughout his ministry, Father Vagias offered support, help, and comfort to anyone in need. He is survived by Presbytera Konstantina, his three children, Ioannis, Sotiris, and Nektaria, and his grandchildren.
Rev. Fr. Christos J. Vagias with late Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago and Sotiris Vagias
Rev. Christos J. Vagias with Mark V. Tiniakos, former Board Member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago.
Left to right: Christos J. Vagias, His Eminence Metropolitan Athinagoras of Mexico and Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Johnson.
Remembering Nikos Pentzaropoulos, the amazing goalkeeper of the Panionios Football Team in Athens, Greece, who was highly recognized for his excellent ability and performance. He was born in1927 and passed away in 1979 following his battle with cancer. He started football at the age of thirteen in his neighborhood team and with the great talent he had, he was immediately placed in the first team of Panionios, and in1948 he was called to the National team. He was nicknamed “Hero of Tampere”, after a legendary performance with the Greek Olympic team in a match that took place in the city of Tampere in Finland during the Summer Olympic Games of 1952. While in Tampere, he was given the chance to sign a contract and start training with the Inter Milan team. He made the decision and in August 1952 he traveled to Milan, signed the contract, and started training with the Inter Team. Unfortunately, certain things went wrong and Nikos, very disappointed with the circumstances, had to return to the Panionios team. Apart from being a football player, Pentzaropoulos was also a field jumper with excellent performance, and also, played volleyball and basketball.
On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, the Feast Day
of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, celebrated
by his Grace Bishop of Efkarpia, Ierotheos who arrived
from St. Irene Chrysovalantou in New York and officiated
along with Rev. Protopresbyter Panagiotis K. Malamis,
Rev. Fr., Chrysanthos Kerkeres, Rv. Fr. Peter Saroloas,
and Rv. Fr. Constantine Komboulis.
Luncheon was offered by the Philoptochos Society of Saint Athanasios
At St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church
Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor Chicago Greek Press picture with His Grace Ierotheos and Rev. Fr. Panayiotis K. Malamis
Parishioners of St. Athanasios
Very Rev. Gerasimos Marouthas with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor Chicago Greek Press
On January 23, 2023, Cook County Sheriff, Tom Dart, was at the City Club
of Chicago and talked with Don Gibbons, the City Club Vice Chair, about
the Cook Cook Jail and its prisoners. Sheriff Dart has dedicated his career
to challenging injustice and fighting the violence plaguing our communities.
Pictured left, Sheriff of Cook County, Tom Dart with Mark V. Tiniakos,
Publisher and Editor of Chicago Greek Press
Mariyana T. Spyropoulos, Commissioner of The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor of Chicago Greek Press at the City Club of Chicago.
The Board of Governors of the City Club of Chicago is pleased to announce that Dan Gibbons, former Vice Chair of the Board, will serve as the organization’s CEO, a newly-created role, effective immediately. Gibbons, a lifelong Chicagoan and civic and philanthropic connector, was most recently Director of Economic Development at Clayco.
For more than two decades, primarily as an advisor to former Mayor Richard M. Daley in both City government and in the private sector, Gibbons has collaborated with business, civic and philanthropic leaders on a range of high-profile initiatives. He served as a Chicago liaison to mayors of other cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, corporate and civic leaders, non-profit organizations, and cultural institutions.
“Dan is passionate about Chicago and he comes to this role with substantial experience across multiple sectors,” said Jacki Robinson-Ivy, Chair of the Board of Governors. “We are excited about reimagining City Club for the next 100 years and, with Dan at the helm, our future is bright.”
“Chicago is built on collaboration among business, civic, philanthropic, arts and community leaders” said Gibbons. “I look forward to leading City Club as we deepen and strengthen our connections throughout the city, with the goal of making Chicago better for all.”
Gibbons received an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business, and a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette University. He serves on the boards of numerous civic organizations and lives in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood with his wife Kate and their two young sons.
About City Club
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Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor of Chicago Greek Press (left) with Richard Irvin, Mayor of Aurora, at the Polish American Police Association of Chicago and Illinois Award Banquet
The Annual Greek Independence Day Parade occurred on Sunday, March 26, 2023, at the Greektown on Halsted Street, in Chicago. The participants were from all Parishes of Chicago with their floats and children from their schools along with Honorary guests and dignitaries.
Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher/Editor of
Chicago Greek Press with U.S.
Ambassador in Greece, George Tsounis (right)
Judge Anthony Kyriakopoulos along with his wife and daughter
Emmanuel Koubarakis, Consul General of Greece in Chicago with Mariyana Spyropoulos, Commissioner of
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Emmanuel Koubarakis, Consul General of Greece in Chicago along with Consul Georgia Tasiopoulou and members
of the EMAK Special Disaster Response Team from Greece
Judges Frank Andreou and Anthony Calabrese Andreou with
Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher/Editor of Chicago Greek Press (right)
Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer along with His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago and
Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher/Editor of Chicago Greek Press
Kostas Chaniotakis, President of ENOSIS of Illinois on
Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher/Editor of Chicago Greek Press, Jim Ascot, former Chairman of the Greek Independence Day Parade, Dr. Panayiotis Evangelou, former President of the Pan-Arcadian Federation of America along with EMAK Special Disaster Response Team
US Ambassador to Greece, George Tsounis at the podium commemorating the Greek Independence Day
The Greek Flag in the Parade
Georgia and Nick Tiniakos displaying
the banner of the Ladies Educational Society of
St. George Chicago during the Greek Independence Day Parade
Father Chrysanthos Kerkeres, Father Panagiotis Sarolas,
Parish Council President, Paul Rentzelos along with Members
of the Parish Council of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in
Chicago during the Greek Independence Day Parade.
Remembering great memories with friends at a reception, celebrating and honoring the Greek Independence Day of March 25th in Chicago.
Left to right are Irene Pentzaropoulou, Vice Consul of Greece. Hon. Jim Edgar, Governor of the State of Illinois. Demetrios Zevelakis, Consul of Greece, and Thomas Stavrides, Vice Consul of Greece.
The Hellenic American Police
Association during the Greek
Independence Day Parade
headed by Elias Voulgaris,
President of the Association and
former Commander of Chicago
Rev. Fr. Panagiotis K. Malamis with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor
of Chicago Greek Press
General, Ioannis Metaxas, Prime Minister of Greece with King George B, and Marshal, Alexandros Papagos, along with Crown Prince of Greece, Paul B', during the Greek-Italian War in 1940
Recently, Mark V. Tiniakos of the Chicago Greek Press, met with the Honorable
Charles P. Kocoras, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and
talked about current and passed issues of interest. The Greek-American community
has honored Judge Kocoras multiple times over the years with multiple awards for his
many services and achievements.
The Honorable Charles P. Kocoras and Alex Pappas. He enjoyed his first trip to
Greece and now works in New York.
The Honorable Charles P. Kocoras with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor and of the
Chicago Greek Press
Picture left to right: John Kass, former reporter of Chicago Tribune with Dennis Fitzgerald, Grand Knight,
Picture left to right: John Kasss, former reporter of Chicago Tribune with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor of Chicago Greek Press.
In 1997, I had the blessing to meet with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew when he visited the Chicago area and I met him at the Chicago Metropolis, located at 40 East Burton Place, Chicago. A special reception was held at the Metropolis to honor him. The late Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago and other high-ranking church officials welcomed the Patriarch. Also, distinguished members of the Greek community attended the reception.
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with Mark V. Tiniakos, Publisher and Editor of Chicago Greek Press.
Knight of Columbus
St. Michael the Archangel
Officers for 2022 - 2023
Annual Picnic at Casa Italia in Stone Park
Picture left to right: Mark V. Tiniakos, Editor and Publisher of The Chicago Greek Press, The Late Hon. James A. Geroulis, Judge of Circuit Court of Cook County, Constantine L. Tsokos, Consul of Greece in Chicago and former Ambassador.
Members of Knights of Columbus, St. Michael Archangel, Police Council #12173 who advanced to 4th Degree on February 22, 2020.
Members of the St. Michael the Archangel Police Council 12173 praying for law enforcement members at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park
Members of the St. Michael the Archangel Police Council 12173
Mark V. Tiniakos with Hon. Attorney General for the State of Illinois Kwame Raul
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