Gyros: a Chicago fast food tradition

First introduced to the U.S. in Chicago the mid-1960s by Greek immigrants, the gyro quickly became a popular dish. Although the sandwich’s appeal has since spread throughout all the United States, it nevertheless remains a distinct part of Chicago cuisine.

In 1993, videographer Andrew Jones went to Zeus Carry-Out in Chicago’s Greektown to get a behind-the-counter look at how gyros are made. The footage was originally recorded for the show Chicago Slices, but never used until now. It’s another local gem we’ve discovered through our current digitizing project, made possible by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and people like you.

Watch the raw footage to enjoy more gyros.



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