Ambreen’s guide to Chi-Town

Chicago TravelI love Chicago! Alhumdulillah i’ve been living here for a few years now and love it! The Muslim community is very large and where I live is very diverse. I have listed some useful information/resources to help you navigate within Chicago.

Hope you find my recommendations helpful!

Some of my favorite halal spots in and near Chicago:

  • Mediteranean Meat Market – 612 E Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL 60148 (

  • Halal Guys, in Skokie/Chicago

  • Shahi Nihari (Lombard, IL)

  • Mr Broast (Fried Chicken, Burgers etc) Lombard & Des Plaines

  • Zak’s Halal Pasta, Pizza & Wings (Lombard, IL)

  • Wing Bros – Chicken Wings (Lombard, IL)

  • Bombay Chopsticks (Indo-Chinese) Schaumburg

  • Chang’s Hot Wok (Chinese) Carol Stream)

  • Shawarma Express (Lombard, IL)

  • Italian Express (Devon ave & Carol Stream)

  • Sabri Nihari (Devon Ave)

  • Usmania (Devon Ave)

  • Tahoora for mithai (Devon ave)

  • King sweets for the best kashmiri chai, chaat, and snacks (devon ave)

  • Pita House (Lombard, IL)

  • Al Bawadi (Palestinian Food) (Bridgeview, IL)

A few of the best stores for Islamic goods (clothing etc):

  • Al – Omari Fashion in Bridgeview, IL: 7301 W 87th St, Bridgeview, IL 60455

For hijabs, abayas burkinis etc (On Facebook & Instagram)

  • Dress up Diaries (On FB, Private in home boutique) Lombard, IL

Female only spots for hair/salon needs?

  • Delicacy Salon – Has hijabi friendly atmosphere and place dividers upon request for waxing and haircuts etc (


Female only gym? Pools?

  • Blast Fitness has a female only section.

  • Blessed bonds often has girls/ladies only swimming evenings.

Classes/halaqas as the masjid or icna halaqas etc:

  • Blessed bonds is a girls youthgroup in the Chicago suburbs aimed to nurturing bonds with Allah, The noble prophet (sws), mentors and their fellow peers. (Located in Willowbrook, IL)

  • YM Sisters Chicago – The youth division of ICNA (Twitter @ChicagoYMsister

  • ICNA –

Helpful websites:


Some masjid websites, contact numbers:

-Islamic Foundation, Villa Park (

– Islamic Center of Oakbrook Terrace (

-Potter Masjid, Des Plaines (

– MCC, Chicago (

-MEC, Morton Grove, Skokie

– Muslim association of Bolingbrook, (

– Islamic Center of Naperville (

– Islamic Center of Wheaton (

Local Muslim organizations for professionals or community service centered organizations:

  • Muslim Women Alliance ( MWA’s core focus areas are development of leaders, fostering community service, mentoring women and empowering the community through awareness and action.

– Eid Fest – Each Year ICNA hosts a Muslim Carnival filled with rides, games, food and a bazaar right after Eid-ul-fitr (Facebook Page)

– Ambreen Shaikh / September 20th, 2016 / Travel

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