2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

Can you believe 2019 is coming to a close? We shared lots of great stories this year. Let’s take a look back at 2019 and reveal the top 20 articles of the year.


2019 Year in Review

What year! Looking back, we achieved much this past year. Here’s some of the standouts of this past year:

  • launched a new, re-designed website
  • transitioned to a quarterly format
  • readership grew 20%
  • invited to The White House for the Greek Independence Day Celebration, representing Chicago area Greeks
  • participated in the Hellenic Heritage parade in Chicago
  • traveled to Greece and shared more great stories about our homeland and people
  • celebrated our 4th year of publication
  • featured in the book, A DROP OF LADI AND MY GREEK SOUL by Krystina Kalapothakos
  • interviewed on Grecian Echoes radio program
  • attended many events
  • hosted annual poetry contest nurturing young writers
  • created a YouTube channel
  • continued the Chicago Greek Report video series, producing 11 episodes
  • grew our social media following
  • developed and offered WindyCity Greek merchandise for sale via Kantyli, Inc.
  • published Spring and Summer quarterly issues, as well as the annual Pascha Special Issue and annual Chicago Area Summer Greek Festival Guide. Summer Reading Guide was moved into Summer issue.
  • published 79 articles

Contributors

As always, we worked with many wonderful writers this year. We published articles from returning contributors:

 

We featured guest articles from:

 

This year, we continued to work with the amazing Diane Adam, our layout designer and occasional contributor. Diane and I have been working together since our days at The Greek Star newspaper. She’s a consummate professional and has been a tremendous asset to us. Also, we must send a shout out to our covers designer Marina Christos and our tech consultant extraordinaire Lisa Ghisolf of Gizmo Creative Factory.

This year, we also welcomed new advertisers to our ad family, and strengthened existing relationships. We also welcomed a ton of new VIPs. In 2019, we reduced the number of newsletters to one monthly. We also sent 5 exclusively sponsored newsletters.

WindyCity Greek Summer Issue 2019 cover
Our Summer 2019 issue, “Simera Gamos Yinetai” was all about Greek weddings.

Most read issue of 2019

This year, we began the year publishing only directly on the website, then by spring, moved to a quarterly issue format. After we announced our shutter, we returned to publishing directly on the website. In 2019, we published a Spring Issue with the theme, “Preserving Greek Heritage in the U.S.” Next came our annual Pascha issue, which included faith, traditions, recipes, and more to help readers prepare for the holiday. The annual Chicago Area Summer Greek Festival came in May. Then our Summer Issue, “Simera Gamos Yinetai”, came out June 1, and was all about Greek weddings –plus planning tips — and included our annual Summer Reading Guide as a special supplement.

In 2019, the most read issue is Summer 2019, which includes our annual Summer Reading Guide. In a very close 2nd place is our annual Chicago Area Summer Greek Festival Guide, which holds the title for the most downloads and shares.

 

 

Most viewed page on WindyCity Greek

For the fourth year in a row, Sto Kentro, our Calendar of Events, is the most viewed page on WindyCity Greek, just after the home page. This event calendar has been the most comprehensive list of Greek & Greek-related events in the area, and could very well be out most popular feature ever.

Top 20 most read articles of 2019

We learned about more awesome Greeks this year. Now, in keeping with our tradition, it’s time to reveal the top 20 most read articles of 2019. Here we go!

20. ELEVEN ELEVEN WINERY: SERENDIPITY IN NAPA VALLEY

Continuing in this series about winemaking Greeks, meet Ellie Anest of Eleven Eleven Winery and learn about the serendipitous events that brought her to the wine world – and me –to their tasting room

19. ‘CLIFFS OF FREEDOM’ BRINGS THE HISTORY OF THE GREEK REVOLUTION TO THE MASSES

Cliffs of Freedom, a new film bringing the epic struggle of the Greek Revolution alive for modern audiences, hits theaters on March 1.

Cliffs of Freedom is based on Daughter of Destiny, a historical novel by Marianne Metropoulos.
‘Cliffs of Freedom’ is based on Daughter of Destiny, a historical novel by Marianne Metropoulos.

 

18. FATHER PANAGIOTIS MALAMIS: SERVING CHICAGO’S GREEK ORTHODOX FAITHFUL FOR 50 YEARS

Father Panagiotis Malamis may be celebrating his 50th anniversary in the priesthood, but he’s not slowing down.

17. DIAFORA

There are so many Greeks doing amazing things, and so many cool things going on – we can’t write about them fast enough! So we’ve created this new feature to compile some of the great things going on and present them to you. So here we go! In our Summer Issue.

16. EXPERIENCING GREAT LENT AS A COUPLE

We always hear about the Lenten journey as a family, or as an individual, but rarely as a couple. Let’s talk about how we may experience Great Lent with our spouse. Guest Writer Rev. Dr. Nicholas Verdaris, DMin explains, in our Special Pascha Issue.

15. HELLENIC MUSEUM OF MICHIGAN: CELEBRATING AND CHRONICLING MICHIGAN’S HELLENIC LEGACY

A desire to preserve the Hellenic heritage, culture, history and language as well as the story of Greek immigration to Michigan led to the creation of the Hellenic Museum of Michigan. In our Spring issue.

Rethymno Crete lighthouse. IMAGE: MARIA A. KARAMITSOS
The lighthouse in Rethymo, Crete. IMAGE: MARIA A. KARAMITSOS

14. RECIPE: LAMB ON THE SPIT

No Easter celebration is complete without lamb! Check out this recipe by Peter Minaki of Kalofagas for lamb on the spit. In our Special Pascha Issue.

13. WHY SPRING IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT GREECE

It’s Spring! Did you know that Spring is an amazing time to be in Greece? Our Crete-based writer Gabi Ancarola explains, in our Spring Issue.

12. TIME TO SPRING CLEAN OURSELVES

With the current shift in seasons, many people focus on cleaning and organizing their external environments. Spring cleaning is in full swing. Read on to see why it may be even more important to focus on “cleaning and organizing” your internal environment as well AND how to do it. Roula Marinos Papamihail, MA, CHHC, FDN-P explains, in our Spring Issue.

11. P.S.: CRETE, I LOVE YOU!

Last year we enjoyed our trip to Crete so much, we returned this year! Come along on our latest adventures on Greece’s largest island. (Pictures and video)

READY FOR THE TOP 10? 😉

10. GREEK HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – 2019

Looking for the perfect gift? We’ve compiled some great gift ideas in a Greek-inspired Holiday Gift Guide! There’s something here for everyone. Get discount codes too! Happy Shopping!

Robert Krantz_Peta Murgatroyd in Faith Hope & Love
FAITH. HOPE, & LOVE, by Greek-American Filmmaker Robert Krantz, premiered in 2019.
Robert appeared in the starring role, opposite DWTS Alumna Peta Murgatroyd.
IMAGE: ELLINAS MULTIMEDIA

9. Q&A WITH GREEK-AMERICAN FILMMAKER ROBERT KRANTZ

Just ahead of the nationwide release of his newest film, FAITH, HOPE & LOVE, we caught up with Greek-American Filmmaker Robert Krantz. He dishes on the film, co-star Peta Murgatroyd, and more.

8. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM WINDYCITY GREEK

As WindyCity Greek reaches its 4th birthday, read on for a very important message from our Founder, Publisher, & Editor Maria A. Karamitsos.

7. FLORAL DESIGNER MAKES WEDDING — AND WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS — DREAMS A REALITY

Chicago-based Designer Mary Mazzeffi now takes her flowery magic to events all over the country. Read about her in our Summer Issue.

6. NAPA’S FOTINOS VINEYARD: THREE SISTERS KEEP THE FAMILY LEGACY ALIVE

Family-owned and operated Fotinos Vineyard has been making fine wines in Napa Valley since 1969. Three sisters are keeping the family legacy alive. Read their story.

TOP 5 — HERE WE COME!

 

5. PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER TAKES INSPIRATION FROM GREEK MYTH

Read Apollo Papafrangou’s review of The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelidis. In Summer Reading Guide in our Summer Issue.

Eleni Gage throwing a bread at her wedding
Author Eleni Gage at her wedding on the island of Corfu.
IMAGE: ELENI GAGE

4. MANTRA WINES: GREEK-AMERICANS PRODUCE AWARD-WINNING WINES IN SONOMA COUNTY

For these Greek-Americans, it’s all about the highest quality wine made from the finest grapes. Learn about the Kuimelis Family of Mantra Wines.

3. SACRAMENTO KINGS’ MATINA KOLOKOTRONIS: CHANGING THE GAME FOR WOMEN IN SPORTS

In honor of Women’s History Month, we celebrate an amazing woman who’s known for blazing trails. Meet the NBA’s only female COO, who just happens to be a Greek-American. In our Spring Issue.

2. GREEK WEDDING TRADITIONS BRING HISTORY, SYMBOLISM, AND FAMILIES TOGETHER

Lucky in Love Author Eleni Gage shares her favorite Greek wedding traditions and how she used them during her own celebration. In our Summer Issue.

… and now, the #1 most read article on WindyCity Greek in 2019 is…

 

1. HERE’S HOW TO GET MORE DURRELLS IN CORFU

Feeling sad that ‘The Durrells in Corfu’ has ended? Series fans, grab these great ideas to get your Durrells fix!

The Cast of 'The Durrells'. IMAGE: pbs.org
The Cast of ‘The Durrells’.
IMAGE: pbs.org

Thank you!

It’s always fun to look back and see which of the year’s articles were the most popular. Thanks for another amazing year! Stay tuned for our Top 10 articles EVER on WindyCity Greek!


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