My grandmother still lives in the same house within walking distance from our old apartment. We stayed there, enjoying countless stories read aloud, home cooked meals (and pīrāgi!), and the extra time to catch up after a long absence from Chicago. Although the weather was cold it didn’t keep us indoors, and between errands and long walks we really covered some ground. Lincoln Square is an established neighborhood, with dozens of ethnic restaurants and stores dotting Western, Foster and Lincoln. I was happy to see our favorite pastry shop is still open, and the baklava was just as delicious as I remember it. Hellas Pastry Shop at 2627 Lawrence Ave. has been open 50+ years, and although the wedding cakes I remember peeking up at in wonder twenty years ago weren’t in evidence, the quality and service hasn’t changed one bit. Stop in, and if the sweet honey pastry baklava isn't your thing, try the spinach spanakopita!
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