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Olympics Roundup

By Benjy Lipsman in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 13, 2004 6:47PM AP Photos
Tonight marks the official opening of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. For the next 17 days, Americans will once again care about sports like track & field, swimming and men's gymnastics.

Stars will be shine and poignent stories will fill the airwaves. The Tribune's list of 20 Things to Watch calls attention to many, including Michael Phelps' attempt to win 7 swimming golds, the debut of women's wrestling and the Iraqi soccer team who had been abused at the hands of Saddam Hussein's son Udai.

For those who don't want to miss a single moment of Olympic coverage, NBC and its other networks will be televising a record 1,210 hours of events. The Trib's handy schedule lists the dates and times for all the events airing in Chicago.

While maybe we can't make it over to Athens, we can still enjoy our little bit of Greece right here in Chicago. Head over to Greektown for some amazing Greek food to get in Olympic sprit. Or find one of the countless other great Greek dining establishments throughout the area -- they're everwhere. Chicagoist just enjoyed a nice, big gyro for lunch to get in the mood.