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3.31 | Stories of Muslim Chicago

Our exhibition American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago draws from more than 100 interviews with Muslim Chicagoans discussing their faith, identities, and personal journeys. By sharing their stories, we aim to exhibit the vibrant Muslim communities in the city and suburbs, honor individual experiences, and build connections in our communities through listening and understanding.

Listen to Imani Muhammad speak about what inspired her to start her business, Imani’s Original Bean Pies, on the South Side.

Storytelling is at the core of the Museum’s mission. The American Medina exhibition originated from the Chicago Muslim Oral History Project at our Studs Terkel Center for Oral History, which seeks to carry on the work of its namesake. By documenting diverse Chicago voices, we will ensure that the personal stories of those who are not always heard will be preserved for future generations. Learn more.


The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The Museum has dedicated more than a century to celebrating and sharing Chicago stories through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming. The Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents and images to help audiences connect to the city and its history. The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. The Chicago History Museum is a 2016 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest award given to these institutions for their community engagement and having an impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories