CHICAGO (March 6, 2017) – Greektown Special Service Area (SSA) #16  (Greektown Chicago) has retained Zapwater Communications, Inc., to handle public relations and social media activities for the historic neighborhood in Chicago’s Near West Side.

The dining and nightlife district, revered for its celebration and continuation of Greek heritage, is a popular destination amongst tourists and Chicagoans. Visitors can explore a variety of authentic restaurants, visit The National Hellenic Museum, ride the Greektown Trolley to catch a game at the United Center or experience the annual Greek Independence Day parade when they visit Greektown.

As a Special Service Area (SSA),  known as Business Improvement Districts or BIDs in other cities, are local tax districts that fund expanded services and programs through a localized property tax levy. Greektown SSA receives funding for marketing, neighborhood beautification and other programming.

The first Greeks arrived in Chicago in the mid-1800s and at the turn of the century, they resided around the Harrison, Blue Island and Halsted area, which was originally referred to as the Deltaîbut. Eventually, the Greeks were displaced due to the Eisenhower Expressway and moved a few blocks north to what is currently known as Greektown.

 “As a neighbor of this culturally rich and historic community, Zapwater is so excited to partner with Greektown Chicago,” says David Zapata, president of Zapwater Communications. “The neighborhood is such a vital part of what makes the near west side, and Chicago, so vibrant and culturally diverse.”

Zapwater’s scope of work will include media relations, influencer relations, social media and strategic partnerships for Greektown Chicago.

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