Illinois is the 5th most populous state in the USA and state with the highest number of ethnic Serbs in the country. Most of them live in Chicago and its suburbs, based on latest unofficial census data, an estimated four hundred thousand people of Serbian descent live in this area. Serbs preserve their culture, language, traditions and cuisine in their households, Serbian Orthodox Churches (St. Basil of Ostrog in Lake Forest, St. Simeon Mirotochivi in South Chicago, Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago, New Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake, etc.), ethnic institutions, schools, institutes, associations, clubs, etc. Illinois is home for many successful Serbs in various fields: politics, science, economy, art, business, etc. Some of them run local businesses inspired by their motherlands cuisine and traditions, so there are many Serbian-owned cafes, restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores. Do not miss to visit these places and experience Serbian hospitality, tasteful cuisine, traditional drinks and authentic Balkan music far away from Serbia in “The Prairie State”.
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