CommUNITY Café: Celebrating the Sacred Cypher Chicago

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Harold Washington Cultural Center

4701 S Martin Luther King Dr

Chicago, IL 60653

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All guests must be ticketed upon entry. Seats will be filled on a first come first served basis.

In the spirit of the global solidarity we are witnessing in response to last week's tragic events, CommUNITY Café: Celebrating the Sacred Cypher is curated to inspire healing and deep community connections, just as hip hop cyphers and spiritual circles have done. In this significant moment, we ask you to invite your neighbors, friends and family to stand with the larger American Muslim community and celebrate our collective resilience.

CommUNITY Café: Celebrating The Sacred Cypher

The hip-hop cypher -an artistic explosion of storytelling, inspiration and healing- has inspired IMAN’s Arts & Culture programming from our inception. Literally a circle, the cypher levels the playing field of all who form it. In communal spaces, circles have facilitated peaceful dialogue and meaningful exchange. Spiritual traditions encourage similar circles of Divine remembrance. Connecting us to one another in ways that transcend time, space and the divisive forces of our modern day, the sacred cypher calls us to higher, more inspired and liberated ways of being.

The "Celebrating the Sacred Cypher" series will feature artists from various genres who invoke that history and spirit in their art. Additionally, our Sacred Cypher Creatives will lead week-long residencies connected to each CommUNITY Café, that will foster deep engagement and provide learning exchanges between artists and community members in the form of workshops, town hall panels, and pop-up performances.

Performances by

Maimouna Youssef

K-Love The Poet

Zeshan B

Co-Hosted by

Authentic Aseelah


DJed by

DJ Moz Def


C. Art Press

Halawa Enterprises

Jamila's Creative Catering Services

Lawrence & Argyle

Café Hour @ 6:30p

During the pre-show “Café Hour,” audiences are invited to engage IMAN’s ongoing community wellness work, share food, and connect over artistic activities including a live band.

Show @ 7:30p

CommUNITY Café is a live performance experience designed to connect, inspire and organize diverse communities to action.

Safety and Precautions

For your safety, security guards will be present at the event. For the safety of all guests, everyone will have to be checked by security prior to entry.


The venue is wheelchair-accessible. Please notify us at at least 24-hours in advance if you will need access to the ramps or lifts so that we can be prepared to best serve you.


Street parking is available for guests. Do not park in the parking garage. Only use the free street parking surrounding the venue.

Public Transit

The venue is accessible via Chicago Public Transit (CTA): Bus: #3 King Drive (.2 miles from the venue after getting off at King drive and 46th street) #47 Lake Park (5 stops away from the 47th redline stop) Train: 47th Green Line (.01 mile walk from the venue).

Media Consent

Photos and video will be taken during this event. By purchasing a ticket, you give consent to your likeness being used in photos and videos.

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