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American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago

Date(s) - 10/21/2019 - 05/31/2021
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Chicago History Museum


$17-$19 USD
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Chicago History Museum

A hub of culture, Chicago has long been home to people of various religious and ethnic backgrounds. Often referred to as the American Medina, the city is and has become home to thousands of Muslims as Medina in modern-day Saudi Arabia has been for centuries. Since the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which featured some of the first mosques in the United States, diverse Muslim communities have made Chicago their home. “American Medina: stories of Muslim Chicago” explores the experiences of Chicago’s Muslim communities.

Over 30 oral histories along with objects and photographs spanning the last century bring this compelling story to life. Objects on view include:

  • Muhammad Ali’s autographed jump rope
  • Commemorative belt buckles
  • Quilt embroidered with the 99 names of God
  • Materials documenting Muslim converts faith journeys
  • Prayer beads and prayer rugs borrowed from throughout the area’s Muslim communities

VISITOR INFORMATION: Admission to the exhibition is included with regular Museum admission ($19 adults/ $17 seniors and students, and free for children 12 years of age and younger and Illinois residents 18 years and younger). Visit for a schedule of Illinois Resident Discount Days, offering free admission to the Museum.


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