Chicagoans celebrated World Refugee Day on June 22 at Loyola University on the city’s north side. The event, which has been commemorated in Chicago since 2002, featured musical and dance performances by resettled refugees from Bhutan, Iraq and Assyria. Funkadesi, a Chicagoan known for crossing reggae with Asian/Indian beats, also performed. The event allowed the community to learn about and celebrate refugees. It provided a forum for community building, while celebrating diversity.

We have preserved these audio snapshots as a way to welcome immigrants, refugees 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 day and then click on the photos below to hear “snapshots” of event-goers with rich stories about their immigrant or refugee 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