First Ever Halal Lifestyle Fest Takes Place at Navy Pier this Weekend


I Heart Halal, the first-ever Halal lifestyle festival in America, has announced a robust roster of nationally recognized experts and entertainers headlining its jam-packed weekend event at Chicago’s  Navy Pier April 13-15.

Among the highlights are certain to be two Beauty Masterclasses led by CoverGirl™ cosmetics’ first hijabi Beauty Ambassador Nura Afia; two high-end “Proud to be Me” Modest Fashion shows produced by London event guru Hajira Ahmad; a comedy showcase starring some of America’s top Muslim stand-up comics as seen on HBO and Late Night with Stephen Colbert, including headliner Mo Amer, plus Ramy Youssef, Zainab Johnson, and Ahamed Weinberg, hosted by Chicago native Azhar Usman; ongoing interactive cooking & lifestyle demonstrations with top Halal culinary names such as Chef Demetrios Haralambatos, Yvonne Maffei, Amanda Saab and Sameer Sarmast, plus a holiday decorating session with Reem Sayes and a special men’s grooming segment with popular Nour the Barber; and a series of thoughtful panel discussions addressing wide ranging topics from Muslim in America to the growing Halal economy to experiencing the world through travel with Halal hospitality.

Plus, this new high-energy Festival will feature ongoing activity throughout the weekend including:

    • A lively Bazaar featuring a broad selection of vendors showcasing the entire Halal lifestyle including fashion, art, and travel
    • Taste of Halal food hall offering myriad options for a complete meal or a snack including such favorite restaurants as Halal Guys, OrganiSoul, Wok N Chop, Karahi Corner, Verzênay pâtisserie.
    • Festive family zone providing a safe space for children and families to connect with others while providing their kids robust physical activity with large inflatables, and engaging activities and attractions including character artists and face painters.

I Heart Halal Tickets & Info

A General Admission ticket ($5 online, $10 at the door) allows entrance to I Heart Halal throughout the weekend and includes access to most panels and demonstrations; purchases at the Bazaar and a Taste of Halal food hall are extra.   An additional ticket is required for special programming including the Modest Fashion shows ($25), “America’s Least Wanted” comedy showcase ($25), and Beauty Masterclasses ($25). These special tickets include General Admission throughout the weekend. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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