Video overviews of Arab settlement in Chicago

Video overviews of Arab settlement in Chicago

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Video overviews of Arab settlement in Chicago

One day when the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois are forced
to end their discrimination and racism against American Arabs
(Christians and Muslims) we might have funding to underwrite a
more detailed history of this rich ethnic and religious cultural heritage
which is so important to an accurate history of Chicago and Chicagoland.


Ray Hanania provides a Video Tour of Arab Chicago
from its roots at 18th and Michigan Avenue

A narrative of the History of Arabs in America
Interview on WBEZ (NPR) with photograph array

NAMED “Best of the Best” Presenters/Speakers by LACONI
(Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois, 2007)

WTTW’s “Check Please!” show?

Arab American Profiles and History
In honor of Arab American Heritage Month
(November) in Illinois

News item TUESDAY NOV. 27: Channel 11’s new documentary, “The Foods of Chicago: A Delicious History” is premiering Tuesday, November 27th at 7:30 pm and 10:00 pm. You can watch a preview of the Italian segment of the show here:

Or for more information about the show, you can go to the WTTW Channel 11 website at:

The segment includes a special focus on Arabian food, and interview with Ray Hanania and Steve Adawi of Steve’s Shish Kabob House in Palos Hills (formerly of Chicago on 63rd Street.)

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and at, and at

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

His Facebook Page is

Email him at:

Visit this link to read Ray's column archive at the ArabNews,com
Ray Hanania