Storytelling is at the core of who we are as humans. It is how we learn, identify ourselves, and connect to others in the past, the present and the future. The intention of this exhibition is to record the diverse stories and life experiences of Muslim people living in Chicago in order to build connections in our communities through listening and understanding.


By sharing these stories, we aim to exhibit the vibrant Muslim communities in the city and suburbs, honor individual experiences and ensure that these personal stories will be preserved for future generations.


This exhibition draws from more than 100 interviews conducted with Muslim Chicagoans sharing their stories of faith, identity, and personal journeys. Dozens of objects from local individuals and organizations, such as garments, artwork, and photographs, as well as videos and interactive experiences expand on how and why Chicago is known as the American Medina.

Sharing Chicago Stories

Meet Andrea Ortez

Andrea is pictured here in the place she would often visit for

self-reflection before and during her conversion to Islam.


She said she finally found happiness when she discovered and accepted Islam as her faith.


Hear an excerpt from her story below.

Featured Stories

Hysni Selenica

Lighting/Lantern Store Owner

Yusef Barakat

Founder, Imani's Original Bean Pies

Imani Muhammad

Chicago Police Chaplain

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