Chicago Arabesque, in its fourth year, transformed Daley Plaza into a traditional souk. A showcase of Arab culture, the festival lavishly displayed the food, music, art and culture of a wide variety of Arab countries. Intended to promote awareness, it is both non-religious and non-political. Festival-goers from all backgrounds enjoyed the dance and orchestra performances as well.

We have preserved these audio snapshots as a way to welcome immigrants and visitors to one of Chicago’s more unheralded treasures: A shared summer in the city.

Enjoy the slideshow that captures some of the sights and sounds of the festival and then click on the photos below to hear “snapshots” of festival-goers with rich stories about their immigrant backgrounds and experiences. We hope you enjoy exploring the Summer Snapshots as much as we did. Please share your stories with us as well.

Audio Snapshots